Friday, August 9, 2013

Tips To Keep Cool In The Heat!

Who remembers my first ever blog post!? I'm giving you virtual hugs right now if you do!! I shared some tips with you guys on how to stay warm during the cooler months and today I'll be sharing some more tips with you guys on how to keep yourselves cool under the heat!

I have a love/hate relationship with the sun! I will long to be under it's warmth throughout the entire winter time but once it's summer, I'm over it. Don't get me wrong though, I LOVE the summer time but I hate feeling so hot and sweaty to the point where I feel like I'm gonna pass out! Unless you can control the temperatures everyday to the point where it's perfect outside, here are some tips to help you stay cool this summer!

1. Stay hydrated! The first thing that I cannot stress enough about is hydration! It's so important to keep yourself hydrated especially when you're under the sun for long periods of time. Trust me guys, dehydration is not fun and VERY dangerous! Always carry a water bottle with you and drink up even when you're not feeling thirsty. Something nice to also have around is a cooling spray that you can spritz on your face to cool down quickly.

2. Dress wisely! Cotton is your best friend during the summer! Stay away from dark colors as they can absorb the sunlight making you feel more hot. Choose clothes that are light weight and loose fitting. It will promote air circulation and make you feel cooler. If you have long hair, keeping it out of your face by putting it up will save you from that gross feeling of it sticking on your neck and back (eww)! Keep it simple when it comes to accessorizing. Stay away from metals - they can absorb heat! When it comes to footwear, I know it's tempting to avoid it and go barefoot but please, think it over! Roads, pavements and even the sand can get pretty hot so instead keep your feet cool and safe by wearing sandals or flip flops. If you do want to wear closed shoes, don't skip the socks! They will keep the moisture away.

3. Look for shade! This one's pretty self explanatory. If you can't find any shady areas where you are, make your own shade! Choose a wide-brimmed hat to keep your head cool and it will lower the temperature of your body.

4. Pick a reasonable time to work on your activities. The time when the sun is at it's highest is between 10am - 3pm. So if you're planning on exercising or doing any activities under the sun, it's best to do them before or after these times!

5. Cool your pulse points. Remember how putting a cold cloth over your face cools you down when you have a fever? Same thing works here! Since the blood vessels are close to the surface of the skin, placing something cool on them will lower down the body temperature. Here are some of the body's quick cooling spots (credit to LifeHacker):

6. Watch what you eat! Consuming large portions of food rich in protein and carbohydrates will require more metabolic energy. Instead, eat smaller meals throughout the day. As ironic as it may sound, spicy food can help lower your body temperature! It will make you sweat without increasing your body temperature. Once your skin is damp, you will be cooled off by evaporation! Not into spicy food? Go for treats like snow cones or popsicles to help lower your body's overall temperature.

7. 'Chill' the environment. An easy way to chill the air when you're indoors (if you have no air conditioning) is to place a bowl of ice in front of an electric fan. Another tip for a more comfortable sleep is to place your sheets and pillowcases inside a bag and pop it in the freezer for a couple of hours. Once you're ready for bed, take the bag out of the freezer, make your bed and say hello to the best sleep of your life!

8. Always, always, always put on sunscreen. I know this has nothing to do with keeping you cool but I cannot leave this out! Sun burns are never cute and neither is skin cancer!

That's about all I could think of right now! If you have any more tips to add, please leave them in the comments below. Stay cool and enjoy the rest of the summer!



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