When you're suffering from hot flashes, you want fast relief from the heat. While cooling down quickly may not always be easy, there are some things you can do to alleviate the sensations of overheating that accompany hot flashes. Read on to discover four easy tips to help deal with hot flashes.
Be Prepared: Take Control of Your Hot Flashes
Hot flashes often occur in the most inconvenient places: at work, at a restaurant, or in the supermarket. You may not always have control over environmental factors sch as air conditioning, but there are still things that you can do. Cool down with these four tips:
Scope out the nearest restrooms
If you're having a hot flash, a cool oasis is a must. Always keep an eye out for the nearest public washrooms. There you can find relief by splashing cool water on your face and neck or removing a layer of clothing if you're sweating excessively.
Dress in layers
Dress in layers, so you can peel off one layer after another as you get warmer. Removing a layer of clothing can provide fast relief. Wear layers that can be easily removed in case a hot flash flares up. However, be wary of 100% cotton when choosing your wardrobe: cotton traps moisture which can leave you sweaty long after your hot flash is over.
Carry a small fan in your purse
Generally, you don't want to weigh yourself down with accessories in case of a hot flash, but one must-have accessory is a hand-held fan. These are small enough to fit inside your purse and handy for fast relief in places without air conditioning.
Keep your water thermos on hand
It may sound like a no-brainer, but you've probably been caught without a water bottle during a hot flash. Keeping yourself hydrated goes a long way in cooling down after a hot flash.
Hot flashes are caused by hormonal imbalance, but can be triggered by several environmental and psychological factors, including stress and anxiety. Lifestyle changes may help alleviate hot flashes. These include avoiding caffeine, hot drinks, chocolate, spicy or hot foods, and alcohol. Also, increasing your level of activity for example, taking the stairs instead of the elevator can reduce hot flashes.
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