The Changing Seasons – A Chronic Illness Survival Guide

The weather this summer has been glorious but it has been far too hot for some people, myself included.  Thankfully we are coming to the end of season.   I wanted to share some of the things I’ve learned this year to help cope the heat and chronic illness.  As well as sharing tips on dealing with the upcoming changes in seasons.

What This Summer Taught Me

Hot weather and fibromyalgia don’t make the best of friends.  They get on fine but don’t expect them to be talking after a few months of intense heat. The heat can cause symptoms to flare  During the heatwave that gripped the UK in July I learned a lot about how to cope with temperatures in the mid 20s.  

Tips For The Heat

Heat sensitivity is a big problem for many with chronic illness.  Staying cool and not over exerting ourselves is so important, to try and keep the onset of our symptoms to flare.  

A thermometer with a temp of 40 degrees C, blue sky and the sun is shining in the background.
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  • Loose fitting clothes are great for helping stay cool, there is nothing worse than your clothes sticking to you especially if you also have touch sensitivity.  
  • Using fans either electric room fans, hand held fans or even paper ones can give you a small amount of relief from the heat.  
  • Use cooling mists, such as Evian Mist can help you cool down for a short while.   
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Try to stay out of direct sun light, sit under an umbrella or another shaded area.  REMEMBER to wear suncream at all times when you are in the sun.  
  • Wear what you want.  I used to be so concerned about what I wore, I tried to hide that parts of me I didn’t like, but with it being so hot, I decided to wear the shorts and sleeveless tops that I knew would keep me cool.  
  • Carry tissues, to help with the sweat.  I am clammy all the time and sweat in the height of summer and in the winter.  

The Changing Weather

As autumn is approaching it is important to remember that although it may look nice outside, the chances are that it is going to be cooler and we must be prepared for that. 

Tree lined path with leaves fallen around the trees and on the path.
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  • If it is warm, carry a cardigan or a light jacket with you in case it gets cold quickly. 
  • Wear several thin layers that you can remove if you get too hot.  (I will be writing a more detailed post on this next month) 
  • Look out your hats and scarves, so that they are easy to grab if and when you need them. 
  • Heat packs are a great way to warm you up if you’ve been outside too long.  The ones that you snap and the liquid inside solidifies are great, they heat really quickly and you can discard them when finished. 
  • Switch the heating on as and when you need it.  As the summer is winding down, the nights are getting a little cooler and you might begin to feel cold.  Putting the heating on a little bit earlier than expecting isn’t a bad thing.  

Do you have any other tips for getting through the seasons with a chronic illness and heat sensitivity?  I’d love for you to share them in the comments.  

N x 

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