Summer is here and with it, skyrocketing temps that can dehydrate you, sap you of energy and make you pretty irritable. Below are some unusual strategies for chilling out in the dog days of summer:
Eat several light meals a day, instead of a couple heavy ones, and avoid hot foods. Freeze fruit like blueberries or lemons/oranges that you can use to chill your water—while also flavoring it—or pop in your mouth for an icy treat. Take a lesson from people in Latin America and other hot weather climates and eat spicy foods. They’ll make you sweat, which, as the sweat evaporates, will cool you off.
Chill beauty products like face toner or lotion for a cool start to your day. If you become overheated during the day, splash cool water on your pulse points, such as your wrists or temples, to cool off quickly.
Place your sheets or a small pillow in a plastic bag and stick them in the freezer for about an hour before bedtime. An even easier option is to fill a hot water bottle with ice water and use it to cool your ankles or the backs of your knees when you climb into bed. Swap out down or latex pillows for those filled with organic cotton and your flannel or even cotton sheets for much cooler silk or satin. If that’s not cool enough, there’s actually a fan that will circulate air under your bed sheets while you sleep!
Dark, light-blocking drapes keep the sun from heating up your house. On the warmest days, avoid running the washer or dishwasher or taking a shower, which all emit heat and moisture into the air. Also turn off appliances which generate heat, including your computer. Lastly, make sure your ceiling fans are rotating counter-clockwise to push cool air down into the room.
Wear loose, lightweight cotton clothing. Linen is the best!
Tell us how you cool off on hot days.