Yes, being cooped up inside the house when you should be lounging around in an exotic beach by this time can be so trying. What makes it unbearable is the scorching heat that has been burning us up lately.
For some reason, staying inside the house and out of the rays of the sun does not seem to alleviate the heat. In hot settings like this, you need to be mindful of the temperature not just inside the house but outside as well.
Keeping your body temperature down is not something to be taken lightly because being exposed to the sun and heat for long periods of time may increase your chances of acquiring many health risks. Some of the above mentioned risks includes dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.
It is important to monitor your temperature and make sure that you are not experiencing the most common early symptoms of heat stroke such as dark-colored urine, which indicates dehydration, headache, and muscle cramps.
If you feel that you are starting to have early symptoms, you have to remedy the situation immediately and keep your cool because heat stroke can cause shock, organ failure, brain damage, and, in extreme cases, even death.
Here are nine tips on how to keep your cool during the hot weather and beat the heat all summer long:
1. Avoid large protein rich meals
Large meals that are which in proteins can increase metabolic heat and warm the body. So instead of gorging on meat, cool down with glasses of protein-rich shakes made from various berries. This will give you the protein your body needs and keep you from overheating as well. Two birds in one stone!
2. Cool your cosmetics and creams before applying.
Try keeping your lotions, moisturizers, and creams in the refrigerator. This way, the products will not get spoiled and this you will feel refreshed when you apply it on your skin.
3. Use a hot water bottle
No, you are not hallucinating; hot water bottles can be used to cool off this hot season. What you have to do is to take your regular hot water bottle and fill it up with ice cold water. You can then place it under your knees and enjoy the chill as it spreads across your body.
4. Make everything mintier
Some varieties of mint are capable of creating an illusion that makes you feel cool when the environment around you is actually scorching hot. Why don’t you try several of all of these tricks: eat mints after meals; place mint-scented air fresheners on different areas of the house; add mint leaves to your cold water, and dab some peppermint essential oil on your body after a cold shower?
5. Stay hydrated
Your body is 80% water and it is important to make sure that it is not lacking in fluids. When the temperature is hot, your body will tend to sweat a lot as well to help cool it down. So to make sure that you are not losing a lot of fluids through sweating, increase your fluid intake. A good rule of thumb is to drink 8-10 glasses of water in a day. As much as possible, drink a glass of water for every glass of soda and other flavored beverages. This will prevent dehydration which can cause serious weakness, fatigue and other illnesses in extreme circumstances.
6. Cool yourself off with water
During hot season, swimming pools, beaches and rivers are very popular outing choices because it helps in keeping cool while having a good time with family and friends. However, due to COVID -19 pandemic, we have to stay at home to avoid getting infected. So what can we do instead? You can still cool off with water while inside the house. Just have to grab a towel, dip it in cold water and place it on your forehead and shoulders. You can also take a lot of baths to keep refreshed.
7. Move to a lower floor for now
If you are familiar with air convection, you well that warm air rises and cold air settles near the ground. So if you are staying in a high place, consider moving to a lower place.
8. Use fans to push the warm air out
Even if your air conditioner is working well, it is a good idea to use a fan as well. This is effective in clearing the warm air out of your home and letting the cool air settle inside your home.
9. Wear appropriate clothing
In all situations, it is wise to dress accordingly. That includes wearing appropriate clothing during hot weather. Cotton clothing is a wise choice when dressing up because it is light and absorbent. Also, go for lighter colors rather than dark colors because the latter tends to absorb heat while the former reflect the sun’s radiation.
The tips in this article are generic information only. For more specific ways to help keep your body cool, always consult a specialist or your own doctor.