The scorching summer heat can be challenging on our bodies and moods, especially those sleepless nights tossing and turning in bed with that dreaded duvet on, duvet off, leg out scenario!
Check out these 10 great heatwave tips to stay cool and enjoy the hot weather!
- Choose Cotton
If you can't avoid the heat at all costs, try wearing some cool loose clothing and a wide brim hat when out and about.
Cotton is a breathable material that lowers your body heat and allows air to circulate. Cotton PJs and light-coloured Cotton bed sheets help allow airflow to keep your cooler while you sleep!
Apparently you can also stick your sheets in the freezer for a few minutes before you sleep. Just be sure to put them in a plastic bag before you pop them in. You don't want your sheets smelling of pizza and ice cream.
- Stay Hydrated
I'm sure you've heard how important water is all year round, but it becomes even more important in summer! With all the sweating it's important to keep your body hydrated. Water isn’t your only option but it's free and healthy, so why not!
Ice-cool treats like ice lollies and frozen drinks are also great for beating the heat. Drink cold drinks regularly, and avoid things like coffee and alcohol. Always carry a bottle of water if you are travelling.
- Cool Showers
Cold showers are perfect in this weather leaving you feeling cool and refreshed, and did you know they also give your immune system a boost!
- Your Biggest Fan
Buy a fan and feel the cool breeze! Place a frozen bottle of water, or a freezer pack a safe distance in front of it and you'll have an even cooler breeze.
Another fan trick - strategically place 2 fans around a room. Put a fan by your window, and then another further inside the room so they both circulate the cooler air around the room.
- Keep It Dark
Keep your blinds and curtains closed to stop extra heat coming through due to sunlight.
Turn off the lights – light bulbs give off heat. With the sun shining till late it’s easy to keep the lights off for longer, not only is it great for the environment but also cuts down on the extra heat.
- Stay Unplugged
As in, literally get unplugged. Chargers, gadgets and small appliances give off heat, even when turned off. Reduce the total heat in your room by keeping plugs out of sockets when you aren’t using them.
- Avoid Peak Times
Avoid the heat by staying out of the sun especially between 11am – 3pm (the hottest part of the day).
- Eat Yourself Cooler
Eat small meals. The larger the meal, the more metabolic heat your body creates to break down the food. Avoid foods that are high in protein, which increase metabolic heat.
Spicy food might be the last thing you fancy on a hot afternoon, but apparently Chili helps cool the body by making you sweat. Extra Hot Nandos here I come!
- Plan Ahead
Make sure you're fully equip to tackle to heat when you're out and about by packing enough water, food, any medication you may need and an umbrella for shade.
- Cooling points
Finally, if you’re stuck in the heat and can’t find a cooler place, know your body’s best cooling points. By placing ice, a cold object or running cold water on your pulse points (your wrists, neck, the insides of your elbows, your inner thighs and knees) you will cool down more quickly.
Follow these tips and you will be able to enjoy the sun without feeling like it is out to get you!