I love Summer but hate the heat. Fortunately, we're blessed with air conditioners and ways to avoid all that torture but here are some (budget-friendly) alternatives to explore:
1) Wear Cotton
Wear light-colored, loose-fitting, lightweight cotton which provides excellent ventilation and airflow.
2) Pulse Point Cool Down
Apply cold or ice packs to pulse points (i.e., wrists, neck, ankles, elbows, groin, cheeks, soles of feet, or behind the knees) to quickly cool down.
3) Fresh & So Clean
Shower and/ or bath as needed with cool or tepid temp. water. It will bring down your core temperature and also wash all the sweat/ stink off. Yesss!
4) Turn It Off. Unplug.
Keep rooms cool by unplugging majority of your electronics and turning off lights that you don't use. Not only will it get cooler but your bills will decrease. Win-win!
5) Explore the Great Outdoors Indoors
Spend the hottest part of the day in shopping malls, libraries, movie theater, or any other places with air-conditioning on blast.
6) Ice Tricked Out
Did you know that air conditioners work by directing air over a cold coil?
Turn your AC off and set a shallow bowl or pan full of ice in front of your fan. Enjoy the cool breeze for less.
7) Work Smarter; Not Harder
Store your lotions (body and facial) and hydrating facial spray in the fridge. Keep it cool and when you need a quick refreshing break.
8) Hot/ Cold at Your Fingertip
Purchase a hot & cold water bottle. During summer, freeze it and in winter, heat it then take it to bed for a soothing, comfortable sleep.
9) Cool Sheets
Place bed sheets and/ or blankets into a large plastic bag and then stick them into the refrigerator or freezer. Pull them out couple minutes before bedtime.
During warmer days, there's tendency to dehydrate easily. Try to avoid caffeine and alcohol since it promotes loss of fluids and worsens heat exhaustion. Instead, drink more fluids (minimal of eight glasses of water, fruit or veggie juice per day).
In conclusion, be aware of your body and its needs. Exercise common sense. If the weather is unbearable then stay inside, drink lots of fluids, and stay cool. Since youth, elderly, those who are sick, and pets dehydrate easily, make sure to be attentive and pay close attention.
Have a Fab Summer!