For some of us, summer has come quickly, which means that the heat is upon us! For those not yet impacted by the heat, summer weather may be around the corner. Hot temperatures are something to recognize and take preventative measures with, because the heat can cause various illnesses. Heat related illnesses could include heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat rash and heat cramps. These can all be avoided if you practice methods of staying cool. Staying cool may seem logical when you feel flushed, or thirsty or hot, however there are things you can do throughout the day and night to prevent your body from reaching an overly warm state. Here are some tips to staying cool this summer and beating the heat:
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Consider using an insulated water bottle to keep your water cool when you are in the heat.
- Run errands late in the evening or early morning to avoid the heat.
- Place blackout curtains in your home.
- Use a sun shield in your car.
- Wear lightweight fabrics.
- Grill outdoors to avoid using the oven and from exhausting extra heat in your home.
- Eat cool foods (i.e. salads, pasta salads, ice cream, popsicles).
- Try a shorter haircut or pulling back longer hair.
- Switch your bedding to lighter-weight sheets. Try sleeping with an ice pack.
- Take a cold shower at night and/or in the morning.
- Stay in the shade throughout the day.
- Use a fan, especially at night.
- Eat smaller portions throughout the day. This will help to help keep your body cooler.
- Keep your home cool by turning off lights when no longer needed.
- Go for a swim or run through your sprinkler.
Try implementing some of these tips to help keep yourself and your home cool. Stay safe and help spread the word to those around you in the heat!