28 February 2016

5 Ways to Keep Cool This Summer

You know what? I don’t like the hot weather. I enjoy it when it’s warm, and there’s a nice breeze outside, but I just can’t stand the sun piercing down on me. It’s just as bad when I’m sitting inside trying to get some work done. Everything becomes hot and sweaty; electronics start to struggle in the heat, and my agitation levels start to rise. At this point, I need something to cool me down. Luckily for me, there’s lots of good ways to avoid the heat and lower my temperature.

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Stay Out of the Sun--

Woah, what an obvious title! The best way to avoid the sun is to stay out of it. Not only will this protect your skin, but it’ll cool you down in the process. Do what you can to find some shade. You can still bask in the warmth by setting up a chair in a nice shaded area. You could also walk around with an umbrella. Yes, I understand they’re normally for wet weather, but who cares!? You’ll be protecting yourself from heatstroke, and the glare from the sun won’t affect you. Of course, you can always stay indoors, too. I know it seems like a shame to waste that weather, but it’s important to do so from time to time. Being outside in that heat constantly is dangerous for your health.

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Go Easy Out There--

It’s not always possible to stay out of the sun, I get that. If you’re going to the beach and fancy a swim or your friends want to play football, you need to be protected. While sunscreen is an obvious necessity, it’s not a way to cool you down per se. Try wearing a hat so the sun doesn’t burn your head, and wear white or lightly colored clothing as it won’t attract the sun so much. If you’re going to be doing strenuous activity, know when it’s time to stop. Your body just can’t deal with that much exercise in such hot weather.

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Buy a Fan--

What if you’re in the shade of the indoors, but it’s STILL too hot to function? Hey, you could always walk around in the nude; just don’t stand in front of any windows. A better solution is to invest in a fan. They come in all shapes and sizes, but ideally, you’ll want one that oscillates, moving the air around the room. Some people say that the Lasko 2551 is the best one on the market, and it’s fairly cheap, too. Look at how much you want to spend and make a decision. You can also buy small office fans that will sit on your desk and blow a slight breeze. These are very cheap but they aren’t powerful at all, so be aware of that.

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Change Your Eating & Drinking Habits--

Did you know that your body heat is affected by what you eat and drink? Well, it is. You’ve probably heard that it’s a bad idea to drink alcohol in the summer. That’s because it’ll dehydrate you quickly, and even more so in hot weather. Anything that has caffeine in it will raise your body heat and make things even worse as well, so stay away from the Pepsi for a while! It’s best to try and eat small meals on a regular basis rather than one or two big ones. Shovelling lots of food down your stomach forces your body to create more heat to break it down.

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Get Rid of That Duvet--

Sleeping is so difficult in the summer, isn’t it?! A lot of the time, you’re not going to want a duvet at all. It’s best to sleep with a thin sheet on top of you. You can actually put those sheets in the fridge temporarily before you go to bed if you really want to. Regarding pillows, try and get one that isn’t synthetic. They retain heat making it much harder for you to sleep at night. Again, put something cold on top of your pillow before you go to bed if you’re finding it too hot to lie on. Draw the curtains when you go to bed and try and leave them drawn as much as possible. If you’re coming back late at night and they’re open, you might feel like you’ve walked into a sauna.

Right, I’m going to go and enjoy what’s left of the normal weather before the sun puts its hat on. Take heed of my tips and get prepared before the weather gets hotter and sunscreen doubles in price!

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