If you live north of the equator, you’re probably experiencing the hottest, most humid days of the year. Long referred to as the dog days of summer, the July, August and September months can become unbearable, forcing us all to get really creative to stay cool. Short of hermitting indoors until autumn, what can you do to beat the heat? Here are 10 fun ways to enjoy the summer without overheating.
#1 Reschedule Your Workout
Even if you prefer to exercise at a specific time, it’s best to let the thermometer dictate your schedule. Overexerting yourself during hot weather leads to dehydration, plus you risk heat stroke in extreme circumstances. Time your exercise to take advantage of cooler morning or late evening hours.
#2 Drink Better Water
We all know that staying hydrated is key during summer, so drink plenty of water throughout the day and try adding an electrolyte powder to your bottle. Electrolytes help your body recover faster by sending hydration to the areas of the body that lose minerals during exertion. Watch the calorie count, though. Some pre-mixed sports drinks are also high in sugar.
#3 Create a DIY Air Conditioner
Can’t get your living room cool enough? Try chilling the air in your immediate vicinity by putting ice cubes in a metal bowl and sitting it in front of a fan. Direct the airflow over the ice, so the chilly air will blow your way.
#4 Spritz Yourself with Facial Mist
When you work in an environment where you can’t control the thermostat, it’s important to have your own cooling system at hand. A quick spritz of facial mist can refresh tight, dry skin and drop your temperature momentarily. Just be sure to use something with ample humectants, like hyaluronic acid or glycerin. Aerosol mineral water can actually make your skin feel worse.
#5 Wear Sun Protective Apparel
If you need to be outdoors for long periods of time, protect your skin while keeping your core cool by wearing sun protective clothing. High-tech cooling fabrics feel cooler against the skin and, depending on their breathability, can also wick away moisture when you sweat.
#6 Enjoy a Little Refrigerated Self-Care
What did we do before the advent of sheet masks? These skin refreshers work wonders on skin, and when refrigerated, they take the edge off a super-hot day. Try sitting in front of your air conditioner or fan with your mask on. You’ll be amazed how it instantly cools you down.
#7 Eat More Water-Rich Foods
Have you ever noticed that you crave salad during the summer? It’s not just because you don’t feel like cooking. Your body needs hydration from multiple sources, and water-dense fruits and vegetables give back what day-to-day activity strips away. Load up on watermelon and cantaloupe as well as lettuce, cucumbers, and zucchini. Tip: Try freezing your favorite summer fruit for an extra chilly treat.
#8 Induce a Feel Good State of Mind with Citrus-Based Fragrances
Even though researchers haven’t been able to prove that citrus scents make you feel cooler, they have found that scents we find pleasant keep us from reacting as negatively to unpleasant situations. So, having that Green Mandarin Diffuser on your desk may keep you a little cooler under the collar when your workplace environment has you feeling overheated.
#9 Plan Indoor Outings
Feeling cooped up while trying to escape the heat? Take advantage of someone else’s air conditioning by visiting a local shopping mall, movie theater, or library. Having a mini adventure on the calendar can do wonders for both your body and your attitude.
#10 Reverse Your Ceiling Fan
Did you know that the direction of your ceiling fan can be reversed? Most ceiling fans have a switch or pull chain that allows you to circulate air in different directions. In summer, make sure the blades spin counterclockwise. This will direct the blades, so they force air downward instead of pulling it up toward the ceiling.