Summer is unusually unbearable this year, and with the heat index soaring every single day, it gets more and more difficult to stay cool in the summer heat. Keep yourself safe from heat strokes without overloading your AC with these simple tips on heat safety—because beating the heat is always cool!
- Keep hydrated.
Always a healthy habit, drinking water regularly is especially important this summer. Eight glasses a day is the norm, and when you’re sweating buckets under the heat, replenishing your water supply becomes even more important. Avoid alcoholic beverages as much as you can, too—these only dehydrate you even more. You can also go for hydrating foods, such as smoothies, watery fruits and veggies, and a slice of refreshing watermelon.
When you’re chowing down your meals, remember to eat light. When you opt for food items that are easier to digest, you steer clear of feeling hot and sluggish. Just compare trying to digest a fatty quarter pounder as opposed to a light salad!
- Don’t skip out on your regular exercise.
Because of the heat and humidity, it’s easy to decide that you’re going to bail out on your sports for a while. But the summer heat should be no excuse—exercise is still the healthiest way to keep fit. You can always switch to water sports, and have the common sense to stay out of the extreme heat of the sun when it is at its most intense. Just remember to work out in short bursts. You can also use damp bandanas to wrap around your head or your wrists.
- Cooling points all over your body do exist.
Your wrists and your neck are some of the best cooling points in your body. You can try to wrap ice cubes in a towel and apply them to your pulse points for a quick and effective cooldown. If you have a cooling water mist bottle, you can spritz water onto these pulse points as well.
At night when you’re sleeping, you can also go for soft gel ice packs and stuff them over and underneath your mattress and your sheets. Or better yet, you can pour some rice into a cotton sock and freeze it. Once it is frozen and cold, place it between your sheets for a long and cool night’s sleep as the rice keeps the cold temperature chilly a bit longer.
If you have a lot of room in your freezer, you can fold your pillowcases and sheets and place them inside plastic bags for freezing. Do this for a few hours, and then right before you go to bed, lay them out over your bed and snuggle in. Sweet dreams!
- Don’t be afraid to try alternative cooling methods aside from using your air conditioner.
Your beloved air conditioner is not the only thing that can save you from the summer heat. Make the most out of your windows by using insulated drapes. You can maximize your windows by closing them during the hot day to keep the sun out. Remember to open them when the sun is down at night to let some of the cool night breeze in. If you want the air flowing inside your house to cool, you can hang a damp towel on your windows. The damp sheet then cools the breeze entering your home.
Here’s an interesting tip: place an electric fan that’s facing out toward your window. While you may commonly think that letting your fan face inwards toward you is more effective in keeping you cool, letting the blades face outward can help suck out the warm air inside your home and then pull in the cool air outside toward you.
And if you’re dying to turn on the AC but you’re trying to keep the pricey electric bill down, you can create a makeshift air conditioner instead. Simply place a few ice cubes on a plate or a shallow bowl and set it in front of your fan. This will help generate a cool breeze inside your house, effectively cooling you off.
- Clean out your air conditioner.
We’re pretty sure that your AC is going on overdrive this summer, so give it some well-deserved TLC and let it rest. Clean out and replace the filter once a month to ensure a good airflow. Cleaner coils equals better cooling, after all.
- Wear the right clothes for the season.
No, we’re not talking about being fashionable (which you can still do, but with more concern for heat safety, alright?). Dressing appropriately for the season means that you should go for loose and light-colored clothes, as the opposite ones trap heat and keep our body warm. Loose-fitting apparel make you feel breezy and allows you to sweat, keeping your body’s natural cooling mechanism more effective.
Protect your eyes from harmful UV rays by wearing polarized sunglasses that provide ultraviolet protection. More importantly, keep those nasty sunburns at bay by generously slathering on some sunscreen. Lip balms also help you avoid dry and chapped lips. Gotta keep those puckers kissable!
- Don’t forget to turn off unused appliances.
Electric appliances still create their own heat, so it’s better to turn off computers, lights, and television sets when they’re not being used. It’s better to unplug them, too—this will help reduce the heat in your house.
- Nothing beats a cold shower!
When the heat is just too much for you to bear, jump into the shower and take a cool bath. The sun is at its peak during the hours of 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., so if you’re itching to get away from the heat, reserve outdoor activities for when the day is coolest, which is from 4:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. Then, at the end of the day, lower your body temperature by rinsing off bodily sweats with a cool shower. There’s no greater feeling than the splash of water on your face on days when you feel like you’re being barbecued in the sun. Or better yet, take a quick dip into the most accessible swimming pool near you!