Here are some of Clarissa Pinkola Estes’s advice to help you relax in the sweltering summer weather:
Take care of babies and patients
Keep an eye on infants and young children, the elderly, the chronically ill, newly discharged patients. Even if they don’t feel thirsty, they need to drink water often, have a light snack even if they are not hungry, and move a little, even if they don’t want to.
for lots of water
The same goes for you. Drink at least 2 liters of purified water per day. Hot weather causes us to sweat more than usual, even while sitting, resting and sleeping. Our internal organs need water to clean themselves and get rid of toxins. The heart, kidneys, and more need water to carry oxygen and critical electrolytes like sodium, magnesium, potassium, which regulate our bodily systems. These are organs of primary importance in our survival.
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Cold water, lukewarm water, whatever you want. Sip, high, whatever works for you and your health. You know what is best for you.
A bucket filled with cold water…
Fill a bucket with water and set a towel. When you are overwhelmed by the heat, dip your hand in this bucket, then pour water on your head and neck and wash your face. The important thing here is not to install. As long as the areas you wash are moist, you will be refreshed with a light breeze. You can repeat this movement as you get tired of the heat. It doesn’t matter how you look, what matters right now is that you’re comfortable.
take a shower
You can take off all your clothes and take a short shower at a temperature that suits you. You can even leave your shorts or blouse on and get them wet too. Just dry the soles of your feet and your palms so you don’t slip while walking. Leave everything else wet. This amount of moisture will not damage your furniture, but you still know.
Don’t forget your pets
With a spray bottle, you can gently spray your dog’s face, belly, and neck with water. Your cat may like it too. Put plenty of water in your pets’ bowls and try to replace it with cool water as it warms up.
check your urine
If it is a dark color, you are not drinking enough water. For most people, the normal should be a light yellow that can be considered transparent.
If you have a headache, feel nauseous, dizzy or faint, this may be a medical emergency. In such a situation, you can take care of yourself with proven methods as you are used to, but I suggest you go to an emergency room so that you can do these and make the necessary interventions. Because this can be a condition called heat stroke, which is a combination of several symptoms. This is no joke, it could be deadly.
You know where you live, create a draft by opening the windows from opposite sides and take the warm air out by using a fan. It’s nothing small, use a big fan. If you’re afraid of wasting electricity, you can opt for a battery-powered tool, but this potentially deadly weather is not the time to save. Your health is paramount.
Eat light but enough
It doesn’t matter if it’s hot or cold, it’s whatever your body wants. But spicy food makes you sweat more. If you eat spicy foods, know that you need to drink more water. Mexicans think cocoa is the cure for everything. How you relate to chocolate is up to you, but when I consume heavily spiced foods, I prefer to eat a piece of dark chocolate. It invigorates your soul by removing excess bitterness and sweetening your mouth. Chocolate isn’t essential to coping with the sweltering heat, but it’s like a belief in Mexico.
Prefer cool places
If your home does not have air conditioning, go to places with air conditioning, a school, store, cafe or park to wipe the bench and armrests with your mask and disinfectant. Keep your distance from the crowd, go out to pray, read or exercise and observe the different and beautiful things you see, take pictures. Let your unique body relax from the inside out.
Take advantage of the freezer
You can wear a wet or frozen scarf or scarf around your neck. You can lie down with a wet washcloth over your eyes, forehead, and under your neck. You can cool your sheets with a frozen bag before you go to bed at night.
Put water next to your bed
If you wake up hot and sweaty, drink water. Get a wet towel to cool yourself before you go back to bed.
Don’t let your skin touch your skin
If possible, lie flat on the bed so that your skin does not come into contact with yours. For example, avoid positions where your thighs overlap and become hot. If necessary, act strangely to relax.
If it’s better for you, take a nap during the day, do your best, and if necessary go around naked like a first person, eat refreshing foods to your taste and drink water even if you’re not thirsty. Even if others are watching, it doesn’t matter. It’s about your well-being. Others may not know what you need, but you do, and you will be fine when you do them the right way.
Try to make the best decision
You know your children, your friends better than anyone. Follow all of the above as needed. These are the times not to play outside, not to be in the sun. Due to the health problems of the last 1.5 years, you may not be able to walk in the open air or walk in running water. Fans, inflatable pools may be finished in stores. Try to make the best decision for everyone. For many, this is a time to remain as calm and quiet as possible, to rest, to learn, to create your beloved body without straining your faithful partner.
Use paper napkins
And the last one. You probably had an aunt like me who constantly dropped tissue paper from her arms or elsewhere. Don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about, if you’re a woman or a chubby man, you definitely know where this place is. Now it’s time to put an absorbent cloth or paper towel on these sensitive areas and allow the tissue to keep the area dry for much more comfort. You can also use cornstarch as a light powder on potential irritation points, but don’t mix it with baking soda, sugar and flour, or you’ll end up with cookies. These may be the places you should consider adding a light fold: under your armpits, under your breasts, under your tummy, between your hips, under your hips, under your chin, under your elbows, behind your knees, under, on the side, or between your genitals. You will see what relaxes you the most.
Change these cloths as they get wet and insert new ones. We may all look like our auntie with your handkerchiefs peeking out from everywhere, but that’s okay. There’s a reason we do what we do, because as I wrote in The Dangerous Old Woman, the true definition of wisdom is “Wisdom that works!”
Sending all my love and I hope you are well and continue to be well. You are in our prayers with my group of elders. We all send our love to you, get well if you’re not completely okay, stay well if you’re okay.
This content has been translated into our language from a post from Clarissa Pinkola Estes’ Facebook account.