10 Tips for Surviving the Summer Heat

It’s hot out there in the summertime!  Surviving the summer heat is tough when you’re spending time at the beach, pool, sporting events and other fun outdoor summer gatherings.  Today we have 10 tips for surviving the summer heat!

Tip #1:  Stay in the Shade

This is somewhat of a no-brainer but when you are in direct sunlight, you’re going to get warm much faster than if you stay in the shade.  Seek shade whenever possible.  For a picnic, find a nice spot under a tree.  At the pool or beach, bring along an umbrella.  For tailgating, easy to assemble tents are helpful for shading you and your friends.

Tip #2:  Hydrate

Drinking water all day long on hot summer days is essential to surviving the summer heat.  If you are thirsty, you know you’ve waited too long to drink.  Sip water constantly throughout the day to avoid dehydration.

10 Tips for Surviving the Summer HeatTip #3: Dress for the Heat

Lose fitting lighter color clothes will help keep you cool when you are outdoors.  Also wear a hat with a large brim to shade your face and upper body from the sun.

Tip #4:  Avoid Peak Sun Hours

Spending time outdoors in the early morning, evening and night are better options.  If you are gardening, exercising, visiting an outdoor attraction or playing sports outdoors, go early or late to avoid the hottest part of the day.

Tip #5:  Soak Midday

On really hot and steamy days, cool off by taking a dip in the pool, soaking in a lukewarm bath or enjoying a refreshing shower.  This will help cool you down and hopefully allow your body to return to a more stable state.

Tip #6:  Be Smart about Fans

Fans may make you feel better but they aren’t necessarily cooling off your body.  For effective cooling, fans should turn counter-clockwise.  (You can reverse them in the winter to help circulate hot air.)  Create a cross breeze with fans by opening a window and placing fans facing in several directions throughout the room.

Tip #7:  Unplug

Turning off lights, unplugging electronics and steering clear of hot appliances like the oven and stove will help reduce the heat around you.  Plus it saves energy which is good for the environment and your pocket.

Tip #8:  Eat Optimally

Eating water-based foods will help keep you hydrated.  Also, avoid hot meals and heavy meals that will warm your insides and drain your energy.

Tip #9:  Cold Compresses

Using a damp washcloth, ice cube, ice pack or cold water bottle on pulse points like your wrists, neck, knees and elbows can immediately cool you down if you’re feeling faint from the heat.

Tip #10:  Sleep Tight

At night, keep your sheets cool by selecting light-weight cotton in light shades.  You can even put your sheets in the freezer to cool them off before bedtime.  Sleeping alone reduces the heat generated in your bed and also spreading out wide will keep you cooler.  Another way to beat nighttime heat is sleeping nude.

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