Sometimes this is not very easy to do, keeping your clothes on, with MS. Summer months are brutal and just hiding out by the AC doesn't cut it for most folks. Planning ahead with cooling devices is best but sometimes we simply wake up in the "red zone", inflamed and sensitive, a red flag for a relapse.
When I'm in the Red Zone the first thing done is to rate the shade of red. Am I getting a little pink or have I fried myself?
And then ask myself why?
- What did I do yesterday?
- What did I eat?
- What was the temperature?
- How did I sleep?
- What's on my agenda today?
What can I do now to move into the "Blue Zone"?
Hanging by water is a great option. Pools, rivers, lakes, oceans provide instant relief from warmer temperatures. But not all of us have this opportunity nor can we often remove our clothes to cool off so improvise we must.
- Cool shower. Even Luke warm is fine. Just hop in the shower for instant cool down.
- Wet bandanna around cooling points: neck, wrists, ankles
- Ice water, drink it, pour it on your head, pour it down your shirt!
- Wet shirt, cool off body. Huge help in the Sahara when my guides put my shirt in the crocodile infested waters so I could cool off. They don't have ice on safari in Tanzania, FYI.
- Juice it! With Cooling, anti inflammatory and detoxing foods such as cucumber, apple, pineapple, etc.
- Visualize the Blue Zone:
- Cooling foods
- Activities by AC
- Water, hydration
- Reduce stress and get those items checked off to-do list
- Have fun brainstorming on some new projects
- Find balance
- Be at peace
- Mellow in the "Green Zone"