So, I live in a hot country and although we get used to the scorching summer, we still look for the perfect solution to cooling down. We can’t spend all day in the pool, we have to work too!
- One of my favourites is to run your wrists under a cold tap. It helps cool the blood.
- Spray the bed with a light mist of water. Don’t go overboard. OR freeze your sheets.
- Grab some hand towels, soak them in water, roll and freeze. At night, get them out, unroll, place one under your body and one over your body.
- Buy a stand up fan. They say place ice in front of it but to be honest, where is the ice going to go? Let me know how you get on with this.
- Drink water, often and regularly to regulate your body temperature and reducing dehydration.
- I love this….. I have no idea where I came up with the idea but I put a hot water bottle half filled into the deep freeze in the morning, at night I take out and pop in a pillow case, it’s easy to put under the neck, the head or to hug. Seamless sleep awaits.
- If you stay upstairs in your home, head downstairs, if it’s unbearably hot, remember, heat rises.
- During the day, draw the curtains. Put up black out blinds. Close the windows. The less outside you allow inside during the hottest hours, the more cool your home will be.
- Boring maybe but you must avoid caffeine drinks which increase metabolic heat in the body. Also avoid alcohol which will dehydrate. Stick with water as much as you can. Today I drank 1.5 litres in the first hour I was at work and then the other 1.5 over the next 5 hours.
- One I never knew of is to eat small regular meals, here’s what the Daily Mail had to say… “The larger the meal, the more metabolic heat your body creates breaking down the food. Avoid foods that are high in protein, which increase metabolic heat.”
- Create as much shade around your home a possible with plants, they release water into the atmosphere also reducing the local heat around them. Stay out of the sun between 2 and 5.
- If you don’t have space for a paddling pool, grab a bucket, fill with cold water and sit with your feet firmly inside. Have some ice cubes ready to top up the coolness. You can read a book, watch tv, write a blog, whatever you like but with your feet absorbing the coolness of the water and allowing it to travel up your body.
- Carry a spray bottle of water with you if possible.
- Keep a cool bag in the car, remember to top up daily with ice packs and water in case of breakdown.
Tomorrow, I will show you how I make a very simple cool tool for the furkids which actually is pretty amazing for us humans too.
Please make sure you keep posted on my blog later this week i will be sharing my personal tried and tested by many solution to beat the heat. (just waiting for a small delivery)