We've had some really hot weather lately - in between those cold, rainy days!  Sometimes it's hard to know what to do, or wear, when it's like this. But we know that the heat can really affect our symptoms and feelings, so here is some advice on how to cope when those temperatures rise above average.  

Drink lots of liquids 

Make sure you keep drinking - hot or cold liquids, whichever you prefer, but plenty of it.  Hydration is key to regulating your temperature and helps to prevent the headaches and fatigue that can come on if you don't drink enough in the heat.   

Stay out of the sun when it's at its hottest. 

Peak temperatures mostly occur between 11am and 2pm. There's an old saying about mad dogs and Englishmen! Try to stay indoors in the middle of the day. Of course, if you are out in the sun, make sure you slap on the high factor sun cream!

Plan your clothes wisely

Cotton clothing tends to be more breathable in warmer weather, and looser clothing will feel more comfortable.  Take a couple of layers with you - breezes can be cooling and temperatures drop in the evenings. Think about your footwear - lightweight is best, sandals if it's  practical and safe. Get a proper sun hat - they're brilliant for keeping your head cool, and keeping the sun off the back of your neck. 

Keep your rooms aired

If you have fans use these to help air circulate and have windows open to increase airflow around your home. If you've got sunny rooms, keep the windows closed and the curtains closed or half closed when the sun hits that side of your home, this will keep the heat down in those rooms. Open the windows and curtains again when the sun's gone and make the most of the cooler air.  

Keep your pulse points cool

Pulse points are important - keep these cool and the rest of your body will thank you!  Your neck, wrists, inside your elbows, your temples, ankles and behind your knees are your pulse points, and an ice pack or bag of ice cubes on any of these will really help you cool down if you're feeling overheated.  

A cool shower can help keep your temperature down. Putting your feet in a bucket of cold water is a great way to deal with a hot day, and running your wrists under a cool tap is a great way to chill out quickly.  

Stay chilled with ice lollies!  

Keep some ice creams and ice lollies in your freezer. Get a lolly making kit - if you have a favourite drink or fruit, try making your own lollies! Keep ice in your freezer for cold drinks too or create a fruit smoothie with lots of ice.

Ration your energy

Hot weather can be really debilitating. Don't push yourself too hard when the temperatures are high. Take a look at the forecast - can that job wait until tomorrow when the weather may be cooler? If there's something you really have to do on a hot day, plan some time to rest afterwards.  

Let us know if you've got any tips for staying cool.  Do share them as a comment below, we're always on the lookout for good advice.