When it gets hot and humid outside, my skin gets sticky and gross. I tend to feel icky from the heat and the only thing that makes me feel better is a shower or sitting in the air conditioning. Let’s face it though, we can’t take a shower or just sit in the air conditioning all day, some of us don’t have air conditioning and even if we did, we have places to go and people to see! I want to share with you some tips for beating the heat this summer.
1. Apply cold compresses or cold water to pulse points. I use this method all the time. Let’s say I’ve arrived at a restaurant to meet with friends and I’m roasting hot. I’ll run to the restroom and run cold water over my wrists and throw my hair into a quick pony tail until I cool down. Believe it or not, putting your hair up can cool you down because it uncovers your neck. Running cool water over your wrists is another great tip because it’s another area where your body responds quickly to temperature.
2. If you don’t have air conditioning, keep your windows and doors closed during the day. You can open them at night when it cools down a bit, but keeping them closed during the day keeps the hot air out and the cool air in. My dad taught me this and abides by it every summer. I don’t have air conditioning in my apartment and the only time I open the windows during the summer is at night time.
3. Get a fan and don’t be afraid to sleep with it on. Since I don’t have air conditioning, I swear by using a fan in the summer days and nights. There are no ceiling fans in my apartment, which I didn’t appreciate when I moved in because I am so used to using the fan as white noise. Now I only use a fan when it’s super hot, but when I do it’s a lifesaver. There’s nothing worse than not being able to fall asleep because you’re too warm.
4. Use cotton sheets. This is important! Cotton is breathable. It’s the same reason why women should be wearing cotton underwear to allow our lady bits to breathe. Using cotton sheets promotes ventilation and breathability in the bedroom, leaving you able to sleep without tossing and turning from overheating. I swear by Egyptian Cotton.
5. Drink plenty of water. The amount of water needed to consumer per person daily depends on climatic conditions. When the climate is warmer, you need more water. It only makes sense that in the summer when it’s hot you need more water to keep hydrated. If you’re exercising, you should be considering drinking water and eliminating drinks such as coffee and tea because they can have a diuretic effect, causing you to eliminate fluids.
6. Drink water before bed, but not too much. When it’s hot out, sleeping through the night isn’t always a possibility and chances are you will be sweating. If you end up tossing and turning and as a result sweating, it can dehydrate you. Don’t drink too much right before bed , 8 ounces of water is enough. If you drink more than that, you might have to get up at 2 AM to pee.
7. Get a window fan. By getting a fan that can be put in the frame of a window, you can create a cross breeze that draws fresh, cool air into the home and allows dusty, warm air from inside of the home outside. If you’re worried about security, only do the top floor windows. Make sure there’s no gaps between the window frame and fan and if there are, make sure you fill them with cardboard or wood. If you can’t get a fan for the window, try using the easier method for cross breeze: opening two windows across from each other. It promotes airflow.
8. Dip your feet in cold water. This is another way to quickly cool down, but for obvious reasons you can’t do this on the go. I like to do this right before bed so I am nice and cool before I drift off into sleep. Try it sometime!
Hope you found this helpful!