4 Tips To Keep Your Cool This Summer Season + Protect Yourself From Heat Stroke

The cool, windy days are almost over. In a few weeks, everyone will be trading in their sweaters with their swimsuits to herald the days of sun and sand. But while the coming sunny days promise fun moments at the beach, one must never forget to be diligent when it comes to problems common during this season.

With the heat index expected to rise, the public is once again reminded to be diligent against summer problems like heat stroke. The affliction, which becomes common during hot and humid conditions, is considered a serious medical emergency by the Department of Health (DOH).

Heat stroke happens when the body overheats and includes symptoms like headaches, dizziness, intense thirst, and fainting. When left untreated, it can cause damage to the heart, kidneys, and the brain.

Enjoy the moments of feeling sand between your toes while sipping piña coladas under bright umbrellas. While you are at it, practice the tips below to make sure you keep your cool this summer season.

  1. Wear appropriate clothing. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and long-sleeved, light-colored clothing when going outside. Other than preventing heat stroke, this will also help protect the skin from sunburn.
  1. Schedule your activities. The DOH suggests to schedule heavy-duty tasks during the beginning or end of the day when the temperature is much cooler. The risk of heat stroke particularly increases when doing strenuous activities (e.g. exercising).
  1. Keep hydrated. We sweat more during summer so there is a higher need to replenish the fluids in the body. It is suggested to drink more water than coffee, soda, tea, and alcoholic beverages since they are believed to have a diuretic effect, meaning they can trigger the body to expel more liquid (in the form of urine) rather than replenish the body’s water levels.
  1. Limit your time outdoors. Limiting the time spent outdoors is advised during the hot summer days. Resting in places with air conditioning to cool down is highly recommended. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), exposure to air conditioning for a few hours a day can lessen the risk for heat-related illnesses.

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Parenting 101: 5 Reasons Why Mums Need To Know How To Drive

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Being able to drive is not obligatory once you have kids, but it sure makes life a lot easier. Mums have numerous responsibilities and being able to multi task helps. Once upon a time, everything we needed was local to us: the doctor, shops, schools, and friends and family. Communities were small and we didn’t need to be able to drive. If we had to travel anywhere further away, there were buses or trains. Today, it is a very different world out there. Communities are far more fragmented and family is likely to be living hundreds of miles away rather than in the adjacent street. So if you have never learned to drive, here are five reasons why you should look at taking some lessons.


A sick child is a mum’s worst nightmare. It is bad enough dealing with your own illness, but when your child is sick, the stress is tenfold. It isn’t much fun taking a sick child to the doctor on public transport, especially if the doctor’s surgery is miles away. Buses are not always regular and if you have more than one child to deal with, the whole exercise will soon turn into a nightmare. It is even more serious if your child takes a sudden turn for the worse. You could call the emergency services, but it is often quicker to go straight to A&E. In this instance, being able to drive could be a lifesaver. A quick online search for driving lessons Manchester will give you a number of reputable driving schools around the area.

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Thankful Thursday: Catching Up On The 52-Week Gratitude Challenge

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Hello mums, it was a lovely yet hot Thursday afternoon. I was caught up with all the mid-week chores while finishing the little one’s reviewer for his Fourth Quarter Exams but I am grateful I found the time to sit still for a while and share my gratitude list with you. At the same time, I am also catching up on the 52-Week Gratitude Challenge, so I will be sharing a couple of gratefuls from their prompts in a bit.

Here are the things I am thankful for this past week:

  • Mitch Albom’s Have A Little Faith {a tear-jerker I was able to finish last week}
  • lazy weekday afternoon spent with my little one
  • spending quality time with my loves  :heart:
  • yet another surprise in the mail
  • new books
  • summer!
  • fresh produce from the grocers
  • lemons, guava, and a host of other citrus and summer fruits
  • Human Heart Nature haul
  • quiet weekend afternoon at home
  • sinigang sa bayabas  :bowl:
  • more earning opportunities for my blog
  • new work-from-home opportunity
  • the dawn of a new day
  • my generous neighbors
  • catching up with a dear friend who is miles away
  • Facebook for allowing me to keep in touch with friends abroad without having to shell out a penny!
  • the birds chirping outside and the ones who occasionally venture into our window panes
  • the beautiful blooms in the neighborhood
  • for Pinterest {I could spend an entire day browsing for birthday party ideas and gratitude quotes and beautiful calligraphy works if left to my own device}
  • for like-minded people I am fortunate to know
  • the simple pleasure of watering my plants in the morning
  • my coffee-maker

And to catch up on the 52-Week Gratitude Challenge

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