The negative effects of extreme heat on mental health
This post is written from a personal perspective. This is my own experience of getting hot, I find it has both positive and negative effects. A hot body can lead to a hot mind. And when it comes to our mental state, we do not want that to be the case.
As humans, we have an inborn desire to stay cool. This is very important to us. If we become overheated, it causes a disruption in our mental state.
The amount of water you drink can affect the way your brain works. Mild dehydration can impair many aspects of brain function, even if it is only the loss of 1-3% of body weight. This means that if your body gets too warm, you lose water and this could have some effect on your brain if you become dehydrated.
When this happens, our thinking processes slow down, we experience confusion, memory lapses, impaired judgment, and even hallucinations. This is very bad!
Increased heat can also contribute to insomnia and worsens in combination with increased humidity, with the potential to aggravate all psychiatric difficulties and coping abilities.
The positive effects of heat on human health
Positive effects on the body can help with a positive mental state. I thought it important to mention so as to add weight on the other side of the scale having read about the potential negative effects above.
There are many positive effects of heat on human health. One of the best known is that heat promotes sweating. When we are hot, we produce more sweat than when we are cold. This is why when we exercise in the heat, we often say we feel “sweaty but good.” This is because sweating helps remove excess water and toxins from our bodies and helps flush them out.
Another positive effect of heat on our health is that it stimulates our immune system. This is especially true when we exercise in the heat. As we mentioned earlier, heat increases our heart rate and the rate at which we metabolize oxygen. Both of these things increase our immune system’s ability to fight off infections and disease. Heat also has a very positive effect on our sex life! That is something else we can use a fan to help us with! When we are hot, our body produces more sexual hormones. This has a very arousing effect on both men and women. It also makes us more likely to engage in foreplay and other sexual activities.
Ways to keep healthy and productive in hot conditions
Two things instantly come to the mind of most people. Firstly, stay hydrated. Dehydration is bad for the body and mind. Next, stay as cool as you possibly can.
The easiest way to do this is by wearing light clothing and a hat. If you do this, you will also reduce your body’s need to sweat. This means you will use up less of your body’s energy and you will feel less tired and more alert. You should also drink more often. This will help prevent heat exhaustion and dehydration.
However, none of these methods are very effective. So, what is? The answer is simple: The best way to keep healthy and productive in hot conditions is to take frequent breaks. By this, we mean at least every 20 minutes. During these breaks, get out of the sun or go into a shady area.
Alternatively, if it is possible, change your environment. If you are working on a hot, sunny day, work in an area that has good ventilation and fans blowing air, or use an air-conditioned office or shop where ventilation is limited. If you are working outdoors, do your workout in the early morning or late evening when the sun is not so intense. This will allow your body to gradually adapt to the heat and you will be less likely to get sick or injured. Also, try to avoid working with people who are hot.
How to stay cool and comfortable in hot weather
You want to try to stay as comfortable as possible during hot weather. To do so, drink plenty of fluids, maybe add some ice to keep it cool.
Environment, try to stay in a cooler place if indoors. Use lots of ventilation and fans to move air around. Personally, I love to have the breeze from a bladeless fan. If in a more confined place, then use air conditioning if available or fans to circulate air.
Lighter clothing is also good. A good cotton breathable top and trousers for example.
Try to stay cool. Hydrate. Weather lighter clothing. A lot of this is common sense, and if you think it’s right for you then you know it’s right. Try to have some ventilation and circulation of air. You may love air conditioning – and I have to say that it doesn’t keep rooms at a constant temperature – although I feel it has some negative effect on me.
I prefer using a fan to blow air on me when it’s hot outside.
The most important thing is to stay hydrated and safe.