It’s Summer! I do love summer, but some days are just too hot. Here are some ways I’ve found that really work to keep
you cool on those days. (If these don’t work, you can always wear a wet t-shirt and stand in front of a fan!)
1. Run your ceiling fan the right way: counterclockwise. That’s the opposite of the wintertime direction. Be sure your fireplace flue is closed and close the glass doors too if you have them.
2. Wear comfy clothes! That means loose-fitting cotton clothing for the most part. Thinner cotton keeps you cooler, but some really thin cotton knit tears easily in the washer. Try for cotton that is not tissue thin. At home you can wear t-shirts, caftans, and other loose-fitting clothing. For the office, bring a jacket or sweater if your air conditioning is set very cold. You can sometimes wear a comfy sundress to the office if you will keep the jacket on while there. Sundresses are some of the most comfortable items to wear in hot weather. Silk will keep you cool in hot weather and warm in cold weather, and is great for dressy occasions. I only buy silk tees that I can wash and iron myself. Those long sundresses in thin cotton look very cooling and very comfortable. I might have to get one.
3. Eat and drink cold things. Sno-Cones, slushies, smoothies, iced coffee, iced tea, lemonade, and plenty of ice water can replace that hot coffee or hot tea. Freeze some fruit for automatic popsicles. Have cold sandwiches and salads several nights a week. Try a new salad each week?
4. Keep some ice packs in the freezer. Grab one to put on your neck or pulse points when you want to cool down fast. You could even use a bag of frozen peas, etc., but then you’d be defrosting the peas! Those flexible blue ice packs work well. Keep enough on hand for a really hot day.
5. Take a cool shower. Don’t make the water too cold or it will just rev up your circulation which makes you hotter again after the shower. A nice, lukewarm water flow will have the most long-lasting cooling effect. Lying in a cool, not cold bath works wonders as well.
6. Keep heat out of the house by grilling and/or using a slow cooker. An oven or even cooking on top of the stove just adds extra heat to the house. You can put the slow cooker in the garage to keep even more heat out of the house.
7. Go to the pool. Water cools you off faster than anything. It’s physics! Bring the sunscreen and a cool drink.
8. Keep the drapes closed during the hottest part of the day. Instant shade. Buy insulated drapes for even more cooling effect. They will save you on your air conditioning bills in the summer and on your heating bills in the winter. A good deal all around. They are usually on sale in the spring, but you might be able to find some now at a good price. They are online year-round.
9. Buy a kids’ wading pool that is deep enough for you so soak in. Put it in the shade and listen to the birds. Get out to sit in a chair in the shade and let the breeze dry you, cooling you all the while. Rinse and repeat. A cool drink and a little summer reading is all you need.
10. Visit a cave. They are generally about 40-50 degrees below ground and make a nice respite from the heat.
What are your favorite ways to be cool this summer?
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