Lessons from the Summer: Water, Rest, and Shade

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Beat the Heat.

When I reflect on my past Summer, I think of tourists, baseball, and weekend getaways. I am also reminded of the weather. The HEAT!! Some days the weather felt down right oppressive. On hazy, hot and humid days, I try to stay indoors as much as possible and drink plenty of liquids.

Interestingly, heat is also used to describe intense situations. Many common expressions use the word heat to depict challenging circumstances:

  • In the heat of the moment
  • The heat is on
  • If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen

These popular phrases all convey demanding conditions. When I feel the ‘heat’ rising in a meeting or other situation I follow these three steps to reduce stress: Water, Rest, and Shade. These words are actually a part of OSHA’s 2011 heat illness prevention campaign, to educate people on the dangers of working in the heat.

However, I think these central tenets can be applied when you find yourself in a stressful environment:

  • Water: Remember to take care of yourself. Don’t let a challenging meeting or project consume your time and energy.
  • Rest: It’s okay to take a break. Even 15 minutes during a meeting to regroup can make all the difference.
  • Shade: Sometimes it’s best to remove yourself from a stressful environment or ask for help from others.

The next time you find yourself out in the sun or facing a challenging situation remember these simple words: water, rest, and shade.

Beat the Heat.


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