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Rainy Season in a Tropical Country
It’s rainy season once again in the Philippines. There are days when the sun is shining and there are those when the rain pours. However, the downpour of the rain is what’s more dominant than the heat of the sun. This makes the surroundings a little gloomy and deserted. The busy streets are occupied mostly by people who have a need to be outside the house. Those who need not to go outside only stays at home so as not to get wet by the rain.
Usually, the rain pours with breaks. Sometimes it starts in the morning then at noon there’s none and then in the afternoon, it rains again. This can sometimes be observed in a more sporadic manner like in an hour it’s raining and then in another hour it’s not and then the pattern repeats. This kind of weather leaves the land wet most of the time. When you walk outside with slippers, you’ll most probably get your feet wet.
How to gear up in the rain
In this kind of weather, you need to gear up yourself with rain protective things like umbrella, nylon jacket, raincoat and boots. In times when the rain is just a drizzle a cap will do. It is better to keep an umbrella in your bag in case the rain pours. Not only will you be able to use your umbrella for protection under the sun but it will also protect you from the rain. Here in the Philippines, we believe in the saying, “Always be prepared.” That is a scout’s motto.
In a case wherein you need to cross a flooded street or areas with gathered up rainwater, slippers will do for a footwear. It is better to dip into the water than to have your shoes wet. Of course, if you have an open wound, consider wearing boots instead. You won't want to get leptospirosis!
In the jeepney, you better wear a nylon jacket because the rainwater drips in the windows even if the usually-rolled-up-on-sunny-days cover in the windows are rolled down. If you have no protective gear, your back can get wet especially when the cover sways due to the wind brushing into the jeepney while the jeepney moves. The nylon material will prevent you to get wet.
Healthy ways of avoiding sickness
It is better to be protected in this kind of weather because in a tropical place like the Philippines, sickness is widespread when at the moment you’re wet and then another you’re feeling the humid weather. What else can be the way to prevent sickness but to start from taking care of yourself. A way that doesn't only work when you are outside the house but also in your home. It is by watching out what you take in your bodily system and the way you take care of your body.
Here are some of what you can do:
- Drink plenty of water. Water regulates body temperature and it also washes away the toxins in the body through the excretory system. If you are suffering from fever or colds, it is good to drink plenty of water.
- Drink citrus juices. Any source of Vitamin C will help during rainy season -- it will boost your defense to diseases particularly colds, cough and fever -- however, natural sources like fruits will do the job better. You will lessen your worry about side effects from pills. The common juices you can prepare are calamansi juice and lemon juice.
- Eat fruits. Not only drinking citrus fruits but also eating all kinds of fruits can help you to be immune to diseases. Fruits are a source of nutrients that the body needs especially in times when it is weakened by bacteria everywhere. Fruits help save the day! To aid you in drinking citrus juices, you can opt to eat first fruits that are rich in Vitamin C which are sour fruits like orange, guyabano, mango, pineapple and pomelo.
- Take time to rest. A tired body means a weak body. Moreover, the effect of bacteria is at most in a body that is weak. To prevent the intrusive bacteria from invading your bodily system, always be mindful of how you feel. When you begin to feel tired, take some time to rest and relax. Your body will thank you for doing it. After resting, you're good to go again!
- Get enough sleep. After a whole day of activity, enough sleep is needed by the body to have it refreshed. By getting enough sleep, the body will avoid weakening of the immune system. If one always sleeps in the right length, he will combat the diseases which are just lurking around. Eight hours of sleep is the right amount of sleep.
The goodness of rain
Because of our busy lifestyle, we may not notice that we also benefit from the rain. The plants in the busy streets get their supply of water. That is also their time to have a break from the smoke that the vehicles emit in their environment. Aside from the plants, the air also receives care by being washed off of pollution. Fresh air flows after the rain. The land also becomes cleaned by the rain. The dirt in the streets becomes washed away.
These are my observations in this time of the year in the Philippines. Rain has both good and bad effects on us. When the rain starts to pour, let us do our part. After all, it is us who is responsible for our own lives.
© 2017 Lester Varela