As I’m writing this I’m positively melting, yes I’m back again complaining about the summer heat. It isn’t really surprise, as I’ve mentioned before – I don’t do hot weather, I do rainy weather instead. My office has turned into a complete oven and all my desk fan do is blow hot air around. Admittedly I’m a little grumpy about this weather now, think of me as the summer Scrooge. Oh god when will this weather? My husband said I’ve turned into a proper windbag about how it – the thing is this weather just make sluggish and lack any motivation (especially when it comes to exercise) to do anything.
Anyway enough complaining, there nothing I can do about this summer heat. I could do a rain dance but all it would do is give the neighbors a good laugh. So here are some advice on how I have been surviving the summer heat and hopefully it should help you.
Choose what you wear very carefully:
This tips comes from my mum after a phone call where – yes – I was having a moan about the heat. She told me to avoid wearing anything black as all it does is absorbed the heat and you be better off wearing something white. Choose very lightweight material, something that will cool against the skin. For example cotton is the perfect choice because it’s a natural fabric which allows your skin to breathe and doesn’t trap in the heat and humidity whereas synthetic fibers reflect heat back onto the body making you feel hot and sticky. I found wearing a cotton playsuit helped me when I’m out and about. Avoid wearing anything denim as when you get sticky after walking around you might get a rash and can cause skin irritation.
Keep a cool water bottle on you:
When the temperature is soaring, nothing beat a cool bottle of water with ice in. Plus it will keep you dehydrated and cool your body down. So it always handy to buy a cool water bottle and perhaps fill it with ice. Avoid soda/fizzy drinks as it doesn’t actually cool you down. Also avoid excess alcohol drink – well can’t turn down that one cocktail can you.
Have a cold shower/bath:
I love having a cold bath/shower to completely cool me down – especially if I’ve been on a long sticky train journey. I find making the temperature of the water cool (not freezing) and then add a few drops of either peppermint or eucalyptus oil into a bath/shower instantly refresh me and give me goosebumps. Also avoid having a bubble bath – just a clear cooling bath.
Close all the doors and curtains:
This tip come from my dad, and it does work. During summer while it might be tempting to have every windows and back doors open – don’t. Instead close all your windows and close the curtains as then that way the heat can’t come in to warm up the room. I find the rooms do cools down and while it might be annoying sitting in the dark, it better than sitting in a sauna (unless you like sitting in a sauna!).
Head for the swimming pool:
I find their nothing better than heading to my local swimming bar for a dip in the pool. Whether it’s indoor or outside, just taking a few laps always cools me down. Plus you can get the extra benefit of some exercise. Sometime when I’m feeling lazy I have a Lilo and just float away….
So those are my tips, how do you survive the summer heat? I promise you this will be the last time I will mention the hot weather.