How to look after your health this summer

With summer here at last, you’re probably excited to kick back and relax. However, while the warmer weather might make you feel more laidback, it’s important that you don’t neglect your wellbeing this sunny season. To learn how you can put your health at the forefront of your summer plans, keep reading.

 

Stay safe in the sun

Like lots of people, you might love the feel of the summer sun on your skin. However, if you overexpose yourself to the solar rays, you risk doing some serious damage. Too much strong sun can raise your risk of getting skin cancer, so it’s important to be sensible. Bear in mind that you don’t have to be abroad to get burned, and even on cloudy days the sun’s rays can still be harmful. With this in mind, it’s advisable to spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm during the summer, and make sure you apply plenty of sunscreen before you go out. You should look for lotions with a minimum of a four-star UVA rating and a sun protection factor of at least 15. Take extra care to cover up your kids as their skin is especially sensitive. Also, try to apply the cream around half an hour before you go out, and reapply frequently throughout the day. Wear hats and shades to protect your face and eyes too, and make sure you drink plenty of water or other hydrating fluids.

Do your research before taking trips abroad  

If you’re lucky enough to be planning an overseas adventure, it’s important to do some health research before you set off. If you’re travelling to certain parts of the world, you might be at risk of contracting a range of health conditions, from malaria to yellow fever, hepatitis A and rabies. You can get vaccinations or medicines to protect you from conditions like this, and your GP or practice nurse will be able to give you further details about your options. Bear in mind that certain vaccinations need to be administered well in advance, so the earlier you seek medical advice, the better.

Don’t get complacent when it comes to sex

The blue skies and rising temperatures might put you in a more romantic mood, but it’s important that you don’t get complacent when it comes to practising safe sex. For example, if you’re planning to get intimate with a new partner, it’s crucial that you use protection, and you might also want to get tested in case either of you has a sexually transmitted infection. These health problems are more common than many people realise and, worryingly, they don’t always have symptoms. For example, chlamydia is the most common STI in Britain and although chlamydia symptoms can include a burning sensation or pain when urinating, many people with this infection don’t know they have it. You can read up on the various different STIs online and discover how to get tested for them.

By keeping health tips like these in mind, you should stand to have a hassle-free summer when it comes to looking after you and your family’s wellbeing.

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