The weather is getting hotter every day, or so it seems. Keeping cool is important both for comfort and for health.
There are some quite simple ways to keep cool in the sweltering temperatures and they don’t all involve turning the air conditioning up. For instance, just wetting your hair (or a bandanna) every half an hour, making sure you drink enough water, or putting up shades on your windows. Just opening the windows at night and closing them all day can help keep temperatures inside low. Close the doors of rooms you’re not using so the heat doesn’t come through from them to the rest of the house.
Use an electric fan. Put a bowl of ice cubes in front of it for a super cooling effect. You’ll find a huge variety of fans on the market, so choose carefully – you might want automatic oscillation, which means the fan can move from side to side, giving airflow to more areas of a room. You might also want several different speeds.
Ice packs and gel packs can be a real help if you’re feeling the heat. An ice pack will help you for up to two hours before it loses its cool.
You might also consider getting yourself an ice cream maker or icicle molds as a nice luxury to help get through the heatwave. One of the problems with store bought ice creams is that they usually contain huge amounts of sugar and fat; make your ice cream yourself and you can cut down on the sugar. And of course vacuum water bottles, or bottles with coozies, can help keep your water cool. It’s better to drink a small amount every ten or fifteen minutes than a large amount once or twice a day.
Finally, if you’re wearing synthetic materials, find some cotton or linen clothes fast. Natural materials will keep you cooler, because they are breathable; they also dry out quickly if they get damp. Cotton and linen sheets are best for sleeping on in summer, and you might even consider a buckwheat pillow, which won’t hold heat.
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