The recent dry spell has left Singaporeans sweltering at the uncertain prospect of how long this heat will last.
Not only have previously green patches of grass turned to straw, vegetation fires and mass fish deaths have occurred as a result of the dry spell. It isn’t a small matter.
What can we do to stay healthy in such weather? Keeping hydrated is of the essence. If you start feeling dizzy, your throat feels dry or detect any signs of discomfort, it could be the heat that’s messing you up. Drink a glass of lukewarm water first and see if that helps the discomfort go away.
Other than physical ills, the heat could impact our productivity as well. Prolonged heat exposure is proven to lead to irritability and we probably aren’t performing at our best if we’re all prickly and cantankerous.
At Hoiio, we prize productivity, because it’s what we do. This dry spell has got us to thinking on how we can learn from the recent spate of events and apply it to other aspects of our lives. After all, when we’re all striving to flourish and achieve abundance in our lives, a drought in any area isn’t ideal.
Replenish those fluids
With the dry spell, our bodies lose moisture faster and we risk falling sick if we don’t drink enough water. If you feel parched on creativity, get those creative juices flowing again by reaching for wells of creativity. For example, artworks can be a rich source of inspiration with their multitudes of colour and ability to provoke thinking. Listening to non-lyrical classical music and taking a nature walk are not only enjoyable, they allow your thoughts to flow freely without expectations. The library is also a knowledge pool that one can tap into if you require new information to trigger your thought processes.
I’m guessing no one likes to walk under the hot sun. It ain’t anything like singing in the rain. So to shield yourself from the heat (and UV damage), whip out your umbrella when stepping out into the hot sun and stay cool. When feeling the heat from deadlines, ward off the distractions that are eating away at your productivity level: keep phones out of reach and close tabs irrelevant to your task at hand. Better yet, be enclosed in a quiet room and let the wellspring of creativity flow.
While the heat has inconvenienced our lives, sellers of cold drinks and herbal tea have experienced a surge in sales from the heat. I’m betting the uncle selling ice-cream from his pushcart around the corner is enjoying improved sales as well. If you’re feeling restricted by the circumstances, think outside the box to make the circumstances work for you. Sometimes it takes a bit of change in perspective to view a situation differently and clear away the obstacles to your creativity.