The rainy season is officially over and now we are heading into the hot dry, dusty season when the African Sun flexes its muscles.
In such cases, we normally find ourselves still stuck to the old seasons, putting little effort in changing our wardrobe.
Here’s a guide to staying smart under the African sun:
- Hydration is Key: With temperatures often soaring, staying hydrated is non-negotiable. Dehydration can lead to fatigue and reduced cognitive function. Carry a reusable water bottle and make it a habit to drink water consistently throughout the day.
- Protect Your Skin: Sunscreen is your best friend in Africa’s sunny climates. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF to shield your skin from harmful UV rays. This not only prevents sunburn but also contributes to long-term skin health.
- Dress Smart: Choose lightweight, loose-fitting, and light-colored clothing to reflect the sun’s rays. Wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses provides additional protection for your face and eyes.
- Embrace the Shade: Avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight, especially during peak hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Seek shade whenever possible, whether it’s under a tree, an umbrella, or within a well-designed outdoor space.
- Mind Your Head: The African sun can be intense, impacting your cognitive abilities. Wearing a hat not only protects your face but also helps regulate your body temperature, keeping you alert and focused.
- Fuel Your Body: Opt for light, nutrient-rich meals to maintain energy levels. Include fruits and vegetables that are hydrating and rich in vitamins and minerals. Avoid heavy, heat-inducing meals that may contribute to sluggishness.
- Take Breaks Indoors: When the sun is at its peak, consider retreating indoors for a refreshing break. Whether it’s a visit to a museum, a cafe, or simply finding a cool spot to relax, taking breaks from the sun can rejuvenate your mind.
- Stay Active Wisely: Exercise is crucial, but choose cooler times of the day for outdoor physical activities. Early mornings or late afternoons are ideal for a brisk walk, jog, or any form of exercise to keep both your body and mind sharp.
- Stay Informed: Be aware of weather forecasts and plan your day accordingly. Knowing when to expect the peak of the sun’s intensity allows you to schedule outdoor activities more wisely.