I am NOT a winter person. It’s just not who I am. The gloomy mornings, the eerie nights where everyone is bundled up in their razayi by 9 p.m. Just thinking about it gives me palpitations! I love waking up to a bright, sunny morning. Just sensing that ray of sunshine on my face gives energy to my soul. Pure bliss!
Alas, there is no land without stones and no rose without thorns. As summer approaches most parts of the country, Karachi is said to be facing the threat of yet another heat wave. Over the last few years, Karachi has seen a large number of deaths caused by heat waves and every year, the meteorological department and environmental groups warn people of the dangers and give suggestions to stay safe in the midst of a heat wave.
Here is a simple guide to help you and your family get through the scorching heat of summer in this marvellous city!
- Stay hydrated
Staying hydrated at all times is of paramount importance. If you are like me and don’t really like water, JAZZ IT UP! Tang, Rooh Afza or just plain ol’ shikanjbeen should be your best friends this season! Add a few teaspoons to your water bottle and SIP, SIP, SIP! The more you sweat, the more you need to replenish the salts and minerals your body loses. So, before the heat actually kicks in, along with its girlfriend HUMIDITY , invest in a good insulated water bottle or flask/thermos to keep your water/drink nice and cool!
- Eat healthy
Before you think I’m about to give you some dieting advice, don’t worry… all I mean is be SMART about your eating choices! The fattier the food, the more lethargic you will feel. Fruits and vegetables are easier to digest and are hydrating. They provide you with energy and help you keep cool. Need a new best friend? Watermelons are here! This beautiful fruit has the greatest water content and will keep you revitalised…guaranteed!
- Light and airy clothes
Stick to pure and natural fabrics like cotton and of course, the much-loved lawn. The lighter the fabric, the more sweat it will absorb and will air-dry quickly.
- Protect your head and face
Cover your head with a dupatta/scarf, carry an umbrella or use a cap when out in the sun. With the scorching sun shooting its rays right at you, you need to keep your head cool! And never, I repeat…NEVER leave the house without sunblock!
- Stay indoors
Try to stay indoors as much as you can. And definitely avoid stepping out between noon and 4 p.m.
Encourage your domestic help and children to follow these simple tips to protect them from the dangers of a heatstroke. With summer holidays approaching, children get bored and want to play outdoors; have them play indoors between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. and think of fun activities to keep them occupied – doing arts and crafts, making forts and of course, splashing in a paddle pool or garden sprinklers!
In case you or anyone around you does feel a little woozy and faint due to the heat, here are some tips I swear by:
- Immediately soak your wrists and the back of your neck under cool water. These are essential pulse points which can bring the body temperature down.
- Soak your feet in cool water. After ten minutes, add a few ice cubes and peppermint oil to reinvigorate your senses.
- Take a cool bath once you feel strong enough to do so.
There…now you are all lectured up! And know exactly what to do to battle the coming hot days! So, here’s to hoping and praying for Karachi to be nice to us this summer. Enjoy the sun, eat all the popsicles and ice lollies you can and take a nice dip in the pool after you get back from work!