Tips For A Safe Summer While Living With A Chronic Condition

Personal Health / By Smart Monitor

Living with Chronic Condition Summer Tips
June 3, 2024

The warm months of summer can be an amazing time filled with barbeques, poolside drinks, and long vacations. Yet, people living with chronic conditions may worry about the summer months. Case studies suggest that changes in weather conditions, especially during spring or summer, can trigger events like heat strokes or uncontrollable body movements. While this concern is genuine, careful planning is necessary for a safe and enjoyable summer. Knowing the challenges that can come up and the ways to address them can help you feel more secure and protected. Here are a few tips for a calm, safe, and fun summer.

Stay Hydrated and Eat on Time

Always drink enough water – it’s the easiest way to prevent dehydration. It is common to sweat more in the summers when the humidity is high as is usually true in Texas, Mississippi, and other Southern states. Skipping meals, dehydration, and stress can affect your physical wellness. It’s important to ensure you eat on time and rehydrate your body. When participating in outdoor activities, drink enough water or electrolyte beverages throughout the day especially before, during, and after physical activity. It works to keep the body temperature cool. Avoid consuming too much caffeine as it potentially increases the risk of dehydration.

When in and around Water

Watching out for changes in water depth and currents while entering open water bodies helps you have a safe and stress-free swim. When you are going into a lake, river, or ocean, pay attention to the waves and whether it is safe to swim and take necessary precautions, such as picking a swimming spot close to a lifeguard and bringing a loved one with you for company. Watch out for safety signs and warning flags at the beach, as they protect you from concerns like wildlife encounters and undercurrents or rip tides. When going water skiing, boating, fishing, or rafting, wear a life jacket or a buoyancy vest that functions and fits properly.

Travel and Outdoor Activities

Use the most appropriate safety equipment when partaking in outdoor activities. Make use of a medical ID bracelet, a medical device, or a safety tracker that makes it easy to alert designated contacts in an emergency. Having a wallet card that indicates essential information such as emergency contacts and a medication list is a good practice. Stay connected with your family members and share your live location from devices or smart-watch applications with features like cellular capabilities and geo-fencing.

Always have an emergency helpline number, family contact, and your doctor or caregiver’s number on speed dial to make it easy to connect with them as soon as possible. One of the fastest ways to send safety alerts and your current location to your selected contacts is with the assistance of Insypre™ by SmartMonitor (compatible with Apple Watches, Samsung watches, and digital Android watches powered by WearOS by Google)

Safety Essentials

Always carry essentials like powerbanks and safety devices, and download safety apps as well as offline maps while traveling. Wearing a helmet and protective gear while traveling on cycles or motorbikes allows you to protect yourself from potential accidents. Share details of the route you are taking with another individual who is aware of your condition and can track your whereabouts. It is vital to take frequent breaks whether you are cycling or going on a hike so that you do not exert yourself. Participating in sports activities is good for your physical and emotional health, but do so with caution. When going on a trip, unforeseen events, long lines, and large crowds can be stressful, always maintain your composure.

Medical Essentials

Always carry basic medical essentials like band-aids, anti-septic creams, and relief tablets. Before planning a summer vacation, always ask your medical professional whether it is safe to do so. If you are advised to actively take a medical prescription, remember to carry enough to suffice the duration of the trip. Medical reminders are a great practice for being regular with your prescribed medication, and you can now set daily reminders with the assistance of an app. Pre-saving the details of the nearest pharmacies and healthcare facilities in your travel destination could help in case medical emergencies arise.

Follow these helpful tips so you don’t have to hold yourself back from having fun. Ensure you have a memorable summer by prioritizing your safety and well-being.

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