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Tips on keeping cool this summer

Summer is here! While that brings many joys of the season, you may have to endure uncomfortable heat and humidity. The heat can make you feel tired, sticky and irritable. If you have certain medical conditions, it can also be dangerous. Staying cool can be challenging, especially in England, but with a few smart strategies, you can beat the heat and enjoy your summer to the fullest. Here are some tips to help you stay cool:

1. Stay Hydrated

One of the most important things you can do to stay cool is to keep yourself hydrated. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Carry a water bottle with you and refill it regularly. It’s best to stay away from sugary drinks and caffeine, as they can dehydrate you.

A woman drinking a cup of water
Hydration is key in hot weather. Staying well-hydrated by drinking plenty of water during the summer is crucial for preventing dehydration. and keeping cool in the intense heat. Photo by engin akyurt on Unsplash

2. Wear Light Clothing

Choose lightweight, loose-fitting clothing made of natural fabrics like cotton or linen. Light-coloured clothes reflect the sun’s rays rather than absorbing them, which can help keep you cooler. A wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses can also protect you from the sun.

3. Create a Cool Environment

If you’re at home, keep your living space cool by closing blinds or curtains during the hottest part of the day to block out the sun. Use fans to circulate air and consider using a damp cloth in front of the fan to create a cooling mist. If you have air conditioning, make sure it’s set to a comfortable temperature and is well-maintained.

4. Cool Down with Water

Take advantage of water to cool off. A quick dip in a pool or lake can be incredibly refreshing. If that’s not an option, a cool shower or even just soaking your feet in cold water can help lower your body temperature. I personally love to use a spray bottle filled with cold water to mist myself throughout the day. I find that helps cool me down a lot.

A woman in the pool on a float
Taking a refreshing dip in the pool during the summer not only cools you down instantly, providing relief from the sweltering heat, but also offers a fun way to relax, exercise, and enjoy the sunny season with family and friends. Photo by Arturo Rivera on Unsplash

5. Stay Indoors During Peak Heat

The sun is usually the strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. During these hours, try to stay indoors or in the shade as much as possible. Although taking in some vitamin D is important the weather in the UK can get too much to handle so, plan outdoor activities for early morning or late evening when it’s cooler.

6. Use Cooling Products

There are various cooling products available that can help you beat the heat. Cooling towels, which can be dampened and worn around your neck, and gel-filled cooling mats for sleeping are great options. Sleeping at night is a task when summertime is here so finding ways to keep your body temperature down will help you feel refreshed. You can also keep lotions or moisturisers in the fridge for an extra cooling effect when applied.

7. Eat Light Meals

Summer sometimes means for many of us eating healthier. Heavy meals can raise your body temperature and make you feel sluggish. Instead go for lighter meals that are easy to digest, such as salads, fruits, and vegetables. Foods with high water content, like watermelon, cucumber, and oranges, can also help keep you hydrated.

A bowl of shrimp salad
By incorporating more fresh fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains into your diet, you can enjoy the benefits of feeling healthier and it will contribute to your overall well-being. Photo by Ryan Concepcion on Unsplash

8. Stay Active Smartly

While it’s important to stay active, be smart about it during the summer heat. Choose activities that are less strenuous and can be done in cooler environments, such as swimming or yoga. If you’re exercising outdoors, do it early in the morning or later in the evening.

9. Keep Electronics Cool

Electronics can generate additional heat, making your environment warmer. Turn off or unplug devices when they’re not in use and avoid using heat-generating appliances like ovens and stoves during the hottest part of the day.

10. Be Mindful of Heat-Related Illnesses

Learn the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, such as heavy sweating, dizziness, nausea, and headaches. If you or someone else shows these symptoms, move to a cooler place, drink water, and seek medical attention if necessary. Click here to understand the signs of a heat-related illness by the NHS and how you can prevent it.

A man holding his head
Heat exhaustion does not usually need emergency medical help if you can cool down within 30 minutes. If it turns into heatstroke, it needs to be treated as an emergency. Photo by Sander Sammy on Unsplash

Staying cool in the summer heat requires a bit of planning and mindfulness. By staying hydrated, dressing appropriately, and using various cooling techniques, you can beat the heat and enjoy all that summer has to offer. Remember to listen to your body and take breaks as needed. Stay cool, stay safe, and make the most of your summer!

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