Struggling with the hot weather? Here are some of the best ways to keep cool.
It’s quite obvious that having access to a constant source of water will help you keep cool in the heat. One of the most convenient ways to do this is to invest in a water cooler. They don’t have to be expensive, and you can get coolers that are plumbed into your existing supply, offering you cold, filtered water in an instant.
Yes, they’re noisy, but fans work perfectly to circulate cool air around the room. If you buy a ceiling fan, make sure that it rotates clockwise to force warm air down. Remember to turn it off when you’re not home though!
It might be tempting after a long, hot day to have a cold shower, but this is actually ineffective for cooling you down as your body will raise your temperature afterwards. Instead, run the shower at your normal level of heat and then turn it down to be tepid or lukewarm.
Close curtains during the day
It makes your home look a bit miserable, but it’s actually one of the most effective strategies for cooling your home down. If you’ve ever been in a hotel abroad and the maid closes your curtains when she cleans it, you’ll know! Keep blinds closed too, and you’ll feel the benefit.
You can buy plenty of cooling face mists from the likes of Boots, but you can make your own for practically no cost. Simply buy a plastic spray bottle from the pound shop and fill it with water. If you’re into skin care, mix it with some natural oils for additional benefits to the skin.
There are two sides to this one. Eating cold meals such as salads will avoid creating additional heat in your home and keep you cool. However, if you do need to have a hot meal, go for something spicy like a curry – this will enhance your circulation and make you sweat, which cools you down.
Avoid alcohol and caffeine
There’s nothing like an ice cold beer in the sun, but this won’t do any good for your body temperature. Alcohol dehydrates your body and caffeine increases heat, so it’s safer to swap your coffees and cola for water – you can experiment with different flavours of fruit to make it more interesting.
A breathing technique is used in yoga to cool the body, and once you learn it, you can use it yourself during a rare sunny day in the UK. You have to roll out your tongue and breathe slowly through the mouth. This allows saliva to cool down the air that is entering your lungs. You should then breathe out through your nose. If you can’t roll your tongue, purse your lips instead.
Seek natural alternatives
Using mint soap is proven to cool you down, so swap your normal shower gel or soap for something that contains mint. Hibiscus, raspberry, chamomile and dandelion are also known to help your body release heat.
Ditch the duvet
Apologies if you’re one of those people who can’t sleep without their duvet, but you’re gonna have to ditch it. If you really can’t sleep without something over you (hey, the monsters might get you!) swap your duvet for a cotton sheet or even a beach towel. You could even go one step further and put your sheets in the fridge.
Picture the snow
I know what you’re thinking, we spend all year wishing for better weather and when it eventually turns up, we hate it. However, we’ve got science to thank for this one. Research shows that by daydreaming and picturing snow, your body reacts to the dreams and cools down, which will reduce your overall temperature.
Eat smaller meals
Eating little and often is supposed to be good for weight loss, but it can also help with body temperature. When you eat a large meal, it creates more metabolic heat in the body as a result of breaking down the food. You should also avoid food that is high in protein for the same reason.
Avoid strenuous activity
If you usually run outdoors, you should aim to do it during the coolest part of the day which is usually before 7 am. Strenuous activity like exercise will raise your core temperature, so it’s best to be avoided. You should swap your hardcore run for a walk in the park so that you don’t lose any of the benefits of exercising.