Heat and Mental Health

The heat of summer has made an early appearance in some areas, and for others that haven’t seen hot days yet it won’t be long before summer’s hot days are upon us.  High heat means high risk for dangerous health conditions like heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Hot days also pose a mental health hazard.  When we are hot, we sometimes get irritable.  It’s hard to help it; hot days make people uncomfortable and add an extra layer of stress onto potentially already-stressful work loads.

If you are operating in hot climates, make sure you have access to lots of water and air conditioning.  Make sure you take breaks as needed: not just for your body, but to give your mind a break on particularly hot and stressful days.