We’ve had a taste of what summer has for us this year, and it’s safe to say that it’s going to be a scorcher! You might be without an air-conditioner or you’re not one to cope with the heat – either way, we’ve got you covered.
Here’s some quirky and not so quirky ways to keep cool…
1. Freeze the Sheets.
Literally! Freeze your sheets! Put your sheets, or pillow cases in a plastic bag and then put it in the freezer before you go to bed to give it that icy cold ‘feel.’ It might sound weird, but desperate times call for desperate measures!
2. Minimise your caffeine intake.
This might be a difficult one for a few of us, but less coffee, soft drink and tea will be beneficial this coming summer. Consumption of caffeine promotes dehydration – which is something we all need to stay away from this time of year.
3. Pretend that you’re at the snow.
Odd. Very odd. However research shows that the body reacts to our daydreams! As a result your overall body temperature cools down as you imagine that you’re tobogganing down a hill on a bed of white powder.
Feeling hot? Why not give it a go!
4. Spray water bottles.
If you’re not conditioned to the heat, it would seem that it is more than appropriate to carry a spray water bottle with you. Spray yourself, your friends, your family… just spray everybody!
5. Just add mint.
Mint leaves are a great way to cool down your beverage, as are mint products and lotions that refresh the skin by leaving a cool sensation. You can’t go astray with a hint of mint this summer!
6. Have a curry!
A curry on a hot day? That’s a ridiculous suggestion!!!
It does seem a bit far-fetched, however the heat will stimulate sweat, which means that you’ll feel cooler once it evaporates. If there was ever an excuse for butter chicken or a few chilli’s, this would be it!
7. Hang out a wet sheet in front of the window.
Open the window, hang up a wet sheet and let the air cool down! Eventually the sheet will dry up so no need to worry about giving it a wash afterwards either! #winning
8. Freeze your hot water bottle so then it’s not so hot.
Everybody wins with this contraption. In winter you’ve got your own portable heater and in summer you have an icepack to keep you chilled throughout the evening.
Caution – be weary of the wet patch that could occur.
9. WATER WATER WATER!
This might be an obvious one, but it’s also the most important. According to health experts we should be consuming at least 2 – 3 liters of water a day. Many of us don’t drink that much, which makes it more difficult to cool down. Here’s some tips to keep you hydrated:
- Keep a bottle of water with you during the day so that it is always on hand.
- Buy a LARGE water bottle to ensure that you’re monitoring your water intake.
- If the plain taste of water doesn’t interest you, try adding some berries, a slice of lemon or lime to your drink.
- When exercising, make sure you drink water before, during and after your workout.
- Start and end your day with a glass of water. Don’t let yourself get dehydrated this summer!
10. Have a fruit party!
Enjoy some water based and juicy filled fruits, such as watermelon, oranges or pineapple to keep you refreshed. After refrigeration it will taste a treat, plus you’ll fuel your body with natural nutrients to keep you energised.