Tips for coping in the heatwave

Coping in the heatwave has been hard. It has been very warm this week here in Cheshire, England. The weather has been so sunny and humid. It has been a struggle to stay comfortable indoors especially at nighttime. I don’t cope well in extremely warm temperatures. When it gets too warm, I struggle to stay on top of everything. The heat makes it ten times harder to concentrate but I have found some tips that have helped me cope better in the heatwave.

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Tips for coping in the heatwave
Drink more water

I find myself drinking more water when it is warm, which is good. Drinking water regularly keeps me cool and hydrated. It also does wonders for my skin, leaving it clean and clear. You should also drink little cups of water here and there even when you don’t feel thirsty. This will replace all the fluids you are losing from sweat. Try to stick to drinking just water as much as possible.

Keep the blinds and curtains closed during the day

This helps keep the heat out, leaving your house cool, which helps you sleep better. Leaving the blinds and curtains down during the day is the oldest trick to deal with the heatwave.

Take regular cool showers

I take cool showers during the heatwave at least twice a day. This cools me down, gets rid of the sweat, and allows me to sleep better. The kids really enjoy cool showers too when it gets really warm. Try not to get the water too cold though so your body doesn’t react negatively. At the end of the day, you should be sticking to temperatures you are comfortable with.

Replace your duvet with a thinner fabric

When it gets really warm, I get rid of my duvet and use a thinner fabric as a cover up. It helps me sleep better.

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Run your wrists under a cold tap

Running cold water on your wrists will lower your body temperature.

Wear light, loose clothing

Wearing light, loose clothing will keep you comfy when the weather gets really warm. In a heatwave, the last thing you want is to have to do with tight clothing soiled in sweat.

Spritz your face with water

This is one of my favourite things to do when the weather gets unbearable warm. Spritzing my face with cool water keeps my body temperature low. I like to keep my little bottle in the fridge so the water is cool for when I need it.

How are you coping in the heatwave? I can’t wait until it is all over and normal weather comes back. Please share your tips for coping in the heatwave.

 

 

Why I haven’t had my hair done since February

I have been not visited my hairdresser since February 2020. This was a decision I made when the chaos started. I decided to quit many of the things I would do normally. Having my hair professionally done was one of them. Even when the government lifted the restrictions here in England, my restrictions were still on. The main reason why I have decided not to have my hair done professionally is that I wanted to pay more attention to it and grow it. I am pleased with how my hair is looking these days. It has grown rapidly in the last 3 months. I am looking forward to seeing how long and healthy it will look like by the end of the year. Also, the whole idea of wearing masks to the hairdressers didn’t encourage me to go in.

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Why I haven’t had my hair done since February

For those who do not know, I decided to go down the natural route some years ago. I got rid of all the hair relaxers and chemicals I have been using on my hair for decades and allowed my hair to be. The big chop route didn’t appeal to me, so I decided to let the relaxed ends outgrow themselves. It was a long process but it worked well in the end. I am looking forward to my hair growing longer so I can do more with it. Hopefully, I and my little girl will be able to visit our hairdresser within the next few months, but I don’t think I am ready just yet.

I love the fact that I can wash my hair every 2 weeks (or whenever I feel like) without worrying about messing up my cornrows. The fact that I am to deeply moisturise my hair with oils twice a day, from the scalp to the tips is also a big one for me. Usually, many of the hairstyles I do don’t allow me moisturise my hair the way I would like to. I have my hair in plaits or twists I do myself. It allows my hair to breathe easy.

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I now see why many natural hair women hardly have their hair in cornrow styles these days. If there is one thing this pandemic has allowed me to, it has given me a good reason to care for my hair the way my hair wants me to. The growth and the glow in my hair speak for itself. I went from not being able to grow my hair some months ago to haveing my hair grow longer and healthier every week. This experience has been mind-blowing. I will be sharing before and after photos to keep track of the length, so do lookout for the next natural hair update post.

 

 

Blogging tip: Write for yourself first

Many pro bloggers advise you to write for your audience and search engines when you start blogging. This is correct. You should write for search engines and your readers but when you have a new blog, the best thing you can do for yourself and your blog is to write for yourself first. Once you start writing for yourself, everything else will fall into place. You will learn along the way what works for your blog niche, what type of blog posts bring in more traffic, and the types that bring in more engagement. The more you blog, you more you will understand what works and what doesn’t. That way you can twerk as you go along.

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Blogging tip: Write for yourself first

I see many new bloggers falling into the trap of writing like every other blogger. They don’t put their own spin on their blog posts. Their blog looks like every other popular blog on their web and there is no originality. There is a very thin line between being getting inspiration and outright copying. I know it is tempting to be a little bit too inspired while grabbing blog post ideas from your favourite blogs, and this is where many newbie bloggers kill their blogging career before it even gets started.

It is so important to write for yourself first especially in your early blogging days. Your blog needs to bring something new and fresh to the web. That is the only way to stand out in the saturated world of blogging. Anything else, and you just get buried on the web. My advice is to play out with your creativity and discover where your strength is. It could be in your writing tone, photography, video content, or knowledge in a particular niche. There is always room to bring something new and fresh; writing for yourself first is the way to find out what that is.

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When it comes to blogging for success, there is really no tip. One rule could work great for one blog and not for another. The only way to know which rule works for you is to play around with different blogging tips and be original. Practice makes perfect with blogging. The more you blog, the better you become, and the faster you learn. Experience is the best teacher, so if you are contemplating starting a blog, just start and learn as you go along. Good luck xx

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