6 Ways to Minimize Summer’s Effect on Fibromyalgia Symptoms
If this summer is anything like the last – we’re in for a hot one! According to the Weather Channel, 2016 was the hottest summer on record in the lower 48 states.
All of this heat can spell problems for those of us with fibromyalgia. In fact, around 70% of fibromyalgia patients report experiencing a surge in symptoms during summer months. So – what can you do to beat the heat and minimize summers impact on your symptoms?
We’ve put together a few ideas to help make your home an oasis to help you stay cool, comfortable, and reduce the impact of summer on your fibromyalgia. Check them out below:
Keep Your Home Cool with the Right Plants
Make your home a cool, relaxing oasis by decorating with indoor plants that can help cool your home naturally. Not only can plants help cool your home naturally, they can also act as purifiers to help rid your home of pollutants that can aggravate health problems like asthma or allergies.
Check out these 5 plants recommended by the Daily Health Post to naturally cool your home:
Keep your blinds closed
I’ll admit – this can be a tough one for some (myself included). I love sunlight, so it’s hard for me to close up all my blinds and feel like I’m living in a cave all day. However, it can make a significant difference. I can typically keep my house around 5 degrees cooler when I keep the blinds closed (without needed to crank up the AC).
To avoid feeling like you’re in a cave – be smart about when you close the blinds. For example, my home faces east. So, during the first half of the day when the sun is shining through my east facing windows, I’ll keep those blinds closed but open the west facing ones. As the sun moves throughout the day, I open/close blinds accordingly.
For maximum effectiveness, consider investing in some “black out” curtains that can block up to 99% of light and UV rays.
Turn your ceiling fan to run counter-clockwise
Most ceiling fans have two different settings – each designed for seasonal use. For maximum cooling effect, turn your fan to the counter-clockwise setting. As you’ll see in the video below, this provides the optimal cooling effect for the summer months.
DIY Air Conditioning
Need a little help keeping yourself cool but don’t want to break the bank by turning up the AC? ApartmentTherapy.com suggests creating your own personal AC with a nothing more than a fan and a bucket of ice!
Use summer sheets on your bed
Still have those flannel sheets on your bed from winter? Time to ditch them for something cooler. Choose light colored sheets in a natural fiber (avoid synthetics). Natural fibers like cotton or linens will breathe better and help keep you both cool and dry.
Focus on keeping yourself cool
While all of the tips above have been geared to keeping your home cool – it is also important that you pay attention to your own body temperature. Keep yourself from overheating by staying hydrated, keeping a cool drink close by at all time (especially when leaving the home), and wearing cool & comfortable clothes.
For more tips on keeping yourself cool, check out this useful guide on How to Survive Summer if You Have Fibromyalgia
If the summer heat makes your fibromyalgia symptoms even more unbearable than they already are, it’s important to arm yourself with any and all tools you can to beat the heat. Try the suggestions above or do your own research to find other unique ways to beat the heat this summer!