Sapped of energy

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Laura90

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Sapped of energy
« on: June 26, 2018, 03:30:25 PM »
I have tried so many different self soothing activities today and I'm tired from even doing that.

I woke up shouting from a nightmare last night so I took a nap this afternoon. Fell asleep for 2 hours but it was a very light sleep as was aware of all the traffic passing by my windows.

Does anyone struggle in hot weather with what to wear?
I'm in the UK and the summer here is lovely, but I only feel ok ish wearing long sleeved clothes and trousers. So I bake in the summer. I've been trying to get out early in the mornings or evenings but it doesn't feel any cooler.

This makes it harder to get out because I start sweating so quickly and then I feel all exposed and vulnerable.

So it's harder to leave the house at the moment and sometimes spending too much time in my cosy home I can feel strained / trapped.

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Blueberry

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« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2018, 03:42:53 PM »
No answers, really, just sending  :hug: :hug: I used to wear long-sleeves and long trousers or skirts only. I remember how it was. It's changed though, has been OK for ages now for me to wear short sleeves and knee-length shorts.

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« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2018, 03:47:57 PM »
I know what you mean about being hot and trying to not feel so drained. I get it, but I am not shy about wearing next to nothing to stay cool. Yet in my travels in very hot areas, and also with living in the desert. I found that baggy white cotton clothing really helped. The light color doesn't absorb the heat from the sun if you happen to be in the sun, and the baggy cotton shirts and trousers actually feel good. That is my opinion, and I've been in some hot climates.

I used to soak a white cotton tee shirt in cold water, then put it on and a baggy shirt over it for going out on walks. It worked for a while and felt good. But that is just me. I'm used to heat, but I prefer cool.

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Kizzie

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« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2018, 05:09:20 PM »
I constantly and easily overheat Laura so I can relate.  I have a couple of small personal fans I take everywhere and they help. 

Sometimes depending on where I am going I will take an insulated lunch bag with a wet washcloth packed between two ice packs - works great as it nice and cold and I feel so much better after I use it on my face and neck.  And like Ancient Soul I wear a lot of cotton. 

Hope this helps you enjoy the  :sunny:

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Sceal

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« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2018, 06:35:11 PM »
Different fabrics have different properties.
Linen will keep you covered in the sun yet keep you cool, Linen might be your best option. It wrinkles alot, and it's not stretchy material. But it breathes. Clothes in linen tends to be a more looser fit too, not entirely sure why. Personally I love linen.
Cotton (without any blends) is also a fabric that keeps you cool, but it absorbs your sweat and it'll dry slowly. Perhaps more noticeable in cotton than in linen because cotton doesn't nessecerily have a loose fit clothes. 
Silk will also keep you cool on hot days, and it'll insulate on cold days. Wool will keep you warm, and when you get sweaty the wool will keep you dry and odourfree (Elderly men tends to wear woolen undershirts underneath their shirts during summer for this reason).

Also, if you try to keep your ankles and your wrists free of coverage you'll lose alot of bodyheat here, and it'll help you cool down a little bit more. Worst case you can always pop by the toilet and run really cold water over your wrists. Or carry cold water bottles around and rest your wrists against them to cool your temperature alittle. Also, try to keep your windows closed during the day, and open them in the evening and throughout the night - this is because the windows are to insulate both against the cold but also towards the heat. If you open the windows the hot air outside will flow inside.

This was probably not quite the information you were looking for... : :disappear: :whistling:

But I want to say that it is wonderful that you kept on trying new self-soothing activities when the first one didn't work. Good job!

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Libby183

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« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2018, 06:10:05 AM »
Hi Laura.

I am in the UK and it really is very warm atm!

Lots of good,  practical advice already given,  but your post really struck a chord with me and I remembered some other threads from a while ago and wondered if it related to you.

For me, sunny weather is very triggering. It brings with it so many ideas that we should be happy and carefree and out and about,  enjoying ourselves and socialising.

Add into that,  specific triggers from childhood,  maybe. For me, I wasn't allowed to choose my own clothes and then my parents told me how awful I looked.  This was intensified in summer because you and your clothes are more visible.  My mother also made me fear the heat (because she burned in the sun) whilst forcing me outside against my will.

I am not saying that any of this specifically applies to you, bit maybe there are messages you got in the past that are feeding your discomfort today.  Recognising them, if they exist,  can really help.

For me, it all comes down to feeling unworthy and defective,  but now I see this, I am getting better at choosing clothes that feel right for me and the situation. 

This may not be relevant to you, but I thought it was worth a mention,  because the realisation of these triggers has helped me a lot. 

Take care, and remember that,  if you want to,  you have as much right as anyone else, to go out and enjoy some sun.

Libby.

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Laura90

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« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2018, 09:01:34 AM »
Thank you all for your replies. Yes I think choosing clothes that we like and feel comfortable in is the most important. Who cares about what the latest models down the catwalk are wearing?!!

I might get some linen trousers. Thanks for that idea Sceal. I forgot about linen.

And fans are a really good idea. I don't  open my windows because neighbours around me are triggering.

I can relate to your words Libby. I like cooler months because I feel I can hide away under a thick coat.