12 tips for keeping cool in summer
In winter, we shiver and yearn for summer. In summer, we moan about the heat.
Humans being what we are (only human), that kind of behaviour is not likely to change. However, now that summer is here (and a hot one too), it’s a good idea to substitute the moaning with doing something that will actually help you feel cooler.
Here are some tried and tested tips for coping with heat in summer:
- During the day, keep the windows closed and the curtains drawn. Open them when the sun sets. That way, you use the night air to cool your home.
- Reduce the sources of heat by switching off all unnecessary electrical appliances and the lights. Watching TV with the lights off and the windows open is so romantic!
- Avoid being outside during the warmest part of the day, between 11 am and 4 pm.
- If you do go out, wear a hat and sunglasses, as well as loose, light clothes.
- Reserve physical exertion (like going to gym or running) for the coolest part of the day, which is usually between 4 am and 7 am.
- Drink enough liquids. Water is best. Avoid alcohol and reduce the intake of coffee, tea and carbonated cool drinks.
- Eat smaller portions more often and make sure there is lots of fresh produce (think salads!) in your diet.
- Use air-con.
- If you don’t have an air-con, improvise it by placing a bowl of ice in front of a box fan.
- Take cool showers.
- Put your wrists under cold running water for about 30 seconds. This will cool the blood in your veins for instant relief.Alternatively, place ice packs on your pulse points.
- Keep your car cool. If you can, park in a shade and leave windows open a crack. Never leave children or pets in a parked car. Before re-entering, open all doors and let the inside cool down a bit.
If you still can’t help moaning about the heat… Remember, winter will come soon enough, and then you’ll regret not enjoying the long, hot days of summer!