Increases and decreases in temperature, especially as byproducts of seasonal changes, can make it more challenging to be healthy. In other words, one must change with the temperature to avoid becoming ill. Often, doing so is easier said than done.

The following tips and suggestions will help health-minded individuals to stay safe and feel their best during the year’s most dramatic temperature movements.

Hydration and Sunscreen Are Musts During Summer

First and foremost, summer’s temperature changes—and the top ways to respond to these changes—should be emphasized; many eager-to-relax individuals neglect their health amidst the hustle, bustle, and excitement of the year’s warmest season. 

Wear relaxed and loose-fitting clothing whenever possible. More importantly, always stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, particularly when the temperature surpasses 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Also, sunscreen should be applied before going outside, even if one anticipates being outdoors for only a few minutes. All areas of the skin—including underneath shirts—should be protected with sunscreen.

In Fall, It’s Time to Dress Slightly Heavier

Temperatures can plummet during autumn nights, and it’s vital that those who plan on being outdoors, wear a light sweatshirt or windbreaker, along with a pair of pants. Of course, fall days (and even nights) can be relatively warm in certain areas, and it’s not necessary to wear protective clothing in these instances.

As a general rule, grab a jacket or sweater when it’s 60 degrees Fahrenheit or colder.

Plan Ahead and Be Careful During Winter

During the winter, always avoid staying outside for longer than an hour at a time. Furthermore, bundle up in multiple layers, long pants, a heavy jacket, gloves, a hat, and possibly a scarf.

Besides the cold, winter brings a multitude of sicknesses and bacteria. Covering up when coughing or sneezing, frequently washing hands, disinfecting personal items (especially cell phones), and calling off work when ill are great ways to protect oneself and, in the process, others.

Relax During Spring

Last but certainly not least, spring is usually a time to calm down from the numerous precautions that have to be implemented during winter. Dress warm if the weather requires it, but otherwise, enjoy a well-deserved break from the cold weather.

These tips are sure to prove useful when one is preparing for temperature changes. As is the case with many things in life, a little bit of planning and foresight go a long way towards achieving the desired goal–in this case, staying healthy.

Here’s to feeling great during temperature changes!