Keep it Cool! 9 Ways to Stay Cool During the Summer

Summer is here again! Everyone’s excited to hit the beach or take a long, well deserved vacation wherever. Unfortunately, summer also means days of intense. The heat ranges from comfortably warm to extremely hot, and sometimes you’ll be tempted to take medicine for fever and muscle pain just to make all the pain go away.

Well we don’t want anyone to have a heatstroke. To avoid that, we would like to remind you 9 ways to stay cool during the summer!

Do it like the Egyptians

egyptian sleep

When you think of Egypt, you immediately think of heat, sand, pyramids and Pharaohs. But how did the mighty civilization keep cool as they slumber in that hot, damp climate? Simple: wet sheets. But don’t throw a bucket over your bed sheets just yet! There’s a proper procedure to follow: First, dampen  a towel or sheet in cold water and squeeze out the excess water. Put a dry towel or sheet on your bed, then use the dampened sheet or towel for your blanket.This will keep you cool throughout the night.

Hydrate

hydrate

Hydration is one of the simplest ways to keep cool during the summer months. It is easy and practically priceless. Try drinking eight ounces of water at least every hour. Adding mint leaves, or orange, lemon or cucumber slices to your water makes it more refreshing and increase its effectiveness in hydrating your body.

Get Grainy

sock frozen

Rice is a staple in every Filipino household . Did you know that you can use it not only for cooking but for cooling off as well? On a really hot night, stuff a sock with rice, close it off (you can use a rubber band) then put it in the freezer for at least an hour. The sock will stay cool for up to 30 minutes.

Pulse It

ice pack neck

If you feel that a heat stroke is coming and you need to cool down ASAP, take an ice pack and put them on your pulse points. Your pulse points can be found in your wrists, groin, ankles, behind the knees and  neck.

Freeze Your Pillowcase

frozen pillowcase

You do not have to wet your pillowcase to have it cool. All you have to do is put it in a plastic bag and stick it in the freezer for at least a couple of hours. When you are about to sleep, take it out and slip it onto your pillow for a cool, night’s sleep.

Let Loose

loose summer clothes

Never mind fashion! If you are feeling hot, do not wear skin tight clothing like leggings and  turtlenecks. These will only make you feel hotter. Pick loose, baggy clothing like a big t-shirt or comfy pajamas. For ladies, if you are comfortable with it, go braless.  Or if you’re just staying at home (or are brave enough to go out and go against social norms), feel free to go au natural.

Eat Lightly

summer food

Craving for a big steak? Wanna chow down on a meal of burgers, fries and a milkshake? Don’t! Eating a big meal will make your body produce more heat. Do consume meat but in small portions only. But if you’re feeling particularly grassy, just eat veggies and grains.

Soak Up

foot in basin

Grab a basin and fill it up with cold water. Soak your clean feet in the water and you’ll feel cooler in no time at all. This is because your feet and ankles have a lot of nerve endings which makes ‘em sensitive to the water’s temperature.

Dive in

swimming

Go swimming! Swimming has got to be one of the funnest and most efficient ways to cool down. Whether it’s at the beach on in a pool, this is one failsafe technique. But if you can’t go swimming, taking  a cold shower  will do to bring down the body temperature.

Take these techniques to heart and for sure you’re going to have one awesome, cool summer.