08-01-2019 04:24 PM
Does anyone else find their mental illness exacerbated by extreme heat? We've had a run of hot days with high humidity and it is literally sucking the life out of me. I've had to resort to keeping my medications in the refrigerator because they were melting like chocolate (although I must say I'd prefer the chocolate option!) It has made me self destructive and moody.
We only have fans here (MIL doesn't believe in air conditioning) and all they do is blow hot air around. I am only allowed one 4 minute shower per day so showering in the hottest part of the day isn't an option either. I loathe Summer. It literally scares me because I know this is when I become the most unwell.
How do you all cope? All I can do is keep looking for cool air and keeping those fluids up. It is a nightmare! January is always my hardest month for a number of reasons, but heat is certainly amongst them.
08-01-2019 04:54 PM
08-01-2019 05:12 PM
Hey @outlander (long time no speak, so I do hope you're kinda okay?)
Malls aren't an option for me because I am hopeless with money and always end up giving my bank accounts a battering when I am near shops. I went to the local library yesterday in an effort to cool down, only to find their air con is not working at the moment
I have my support worker coming on Friday to take me out anywhere I want to go, so I am going to request somewhere cool like an art gallery or something. Before my first breakdown, I used to love the Summer and was always at the local creek, beach or pool. Unfortunately with all the weight medications have put on me, that is no longer an option. I am hoping for rain (it is very overcast but humid) just to cool things down.
Thanks for the tip about the fans, I'll try it!
08-01-2019 05:16 PM
10-01-2019 05:25 PM
If I can't get cool and showering isn't an option, I grab a loose cotton top - think cheesecloth - dunk it in water - ring it out and put it on. Stand under a fan. Heaven.
If the night are too hot, I take 2 bed with me 2 bottles of water that I have frozen. I use these around different areas of the bed, pillows etc, where the heat is observed. It helps a little.
11-01-2019 07:25 PM
Thank you everyone for your replies and tips. I have frozen some water bottles and will take them to bed tonight. Next grocery shopping day I have requested orange juice to try to freeze for a treat. @utopia @outlander
@Darcy even though your picture made me giggle, it's not far from the ruth really. Today I went to an art gallery with my support worker just to get out of the heat. It was a good morning actually.
11-01-2019 08:44 PM
Any particular type of art? @Queenie
I love contemporary and Aboriginal art
11-01-2019 09:25 PM
It was asian contempary art @utopia. Lots of things produced by people who have sought political asylum for various reasons. Very moving.
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