Surviving the summer heat

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….

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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.

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62 Comments
  • Irene
    August 25, 2016

    THis is so inspiring! I love the post:)

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  • Kimberly C
    August 25, 2016

    I loooove posts like these that actually give tips on what to do. I always carry water with me and watch what I wear also. Living in California, you kind of adjusts. People wear flipflops here while in Holland, where I am from, nobody wore flipflops (too cold). Thanks for posting.

  • Sarah from LavenderLife
    August 25, 2016

    Great tips! I try to avoid wearing black during summer, but it’s hard cause I own a lot of black clothes 😀

  • Little B & Me
    August 25, 2016

    I never choose the correct thing to wear, I either go out in a lovely little playsuit & it turns freezing or I go out in a thicker dress & it turns into tropical sunshine!
    x

  • clairejustine
    August 25, 2016

    Great tips, I hate being to hot in summer 🙂 I hate being out and needing a drink but nowhere to pick any up..

  • heidi
    August 26, 2016

    I live in the south in US and it is super hot here. Still in the nineties. I don’t know what I would do without Air Conditioning. Carrying water everywhere is such a great idea.

  • Nice tips! We use some of them as well, for example carring a water bottle everywhere you go or closing all windows and doors because heat is going inside then! 🙂 ◠‿◠

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  • Sonia
    August 26, 2016

    Great tips Anna. My hair suffers most in the summer, I end up a frizzy mess after a few minutes xx

  • Christina
    August 26, 2016

    There are some good tips here but I’d keen to know what sorts of temperatures you face in summer.

  • eugenia
    August 26, 2016

    I really love your tips and I adore summer, even if surviving the summer heat is not an easy task! Luckily, we have air conditioning!

  • blair villanueva
    August 26, 2016

    I know the feeling, that’s why I always have a water mist inside my bag, to easily freshen up my face. Wet wipes also helps 🙂

  • Shannon Bryson
    August 26, 2016

    Great tips here! I use the one about keeping my curtains closed all the time, unfortunately, it just makes me look like a lazy slob haha. When I was working over the summer in an exhibition, our air conditioning actually stopped working and the rooms soared up to almost 30 degrees! Another good one is running your wrist under cold water, we were advised to do that by a co-worker and it did help, although we had to open the windows eventually to let the breeze in!

  • Ruby
    August 26, 2016

    I love the picture of your hair blowing in the fan! Great tips thank you! I always look forward to reading your blog posts!

  • Cheryle
    August 26, 2016

    Always use sunblock especially in an open area. Here in the Philippines, we get to experience almost 40 degrees. That’s too hot and that’s not even normal for us. Also, light colored shirt somehow helps!

  • Kathryn
    August 26, 2016

    Ahh the cold shower is definitely the one that works the best for me but it’s the hardest to do because i LOVE warm (read: boiling hot) showers!
    Love this list of ideas as i live in a tropical humid climate!

  • Kim
    August 26, 2016

    Heat in Texas is no surprise, but by this time of year, we’ve had enough. It’s humid, and the mosquitos are crazy. We love anything indoors – the library, indoor play places, etc. We have been in our pool like crazy too. Oh – I shower at least twice a day – I have no choice!! Bring on Fall!!

  • Samantha Carraro
    August 26, 2016

    All great tips! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

    Samantha | https://samanthacarraro.wordpress.com/

  • tineke - workingmommyabroad
    August 26, 2016

    Great tips! Very relevant for hot summers in Spain… I like to put fruit in the freezer so my teething toddler has some ice both as a refreshment and to help him relieve the teething pain a bit

  • Rhian Westbury
    August 26, 2016

    Pretty much everything I wear is black so I know I feel hotter than most people would but I’m used to it. I’ve also got used to sleeping with a fan on as well x

  • Jon
    August 26, 2016

    I definitely do the close the curtains thing but tbh the heat doesn’t bother me, I quite like it tbh, the warmer the better for me. 🙂

  • Anne Klien ( MeAnne)
    August 26, 2016

    I always go swimming when ever I can with friends, its cool and fun!

  • Colette
    August 26, 2016

    I love the heat myself – I’m a big fan of some sunshine. That said – hot days in a classroom full of 30 pre-teens is never fun!

  • Adaleta Avdic
    August 26, 2016

    This is such an excellent post because it really is full of helpful ways to survive the heat. I live in AZ so it’s not cooling down ANYTIME soon! xx Adaleta Avdic

  • Carola
    August 26, 2016

    Great list. I love the hot weather! I like the sun :). My biggest advantage: Having to work. The office where I work has a strong airco. So it’s not even close to hot in the office.
    So I spend like 9 hours a day in the coolness. That really helps. Then I can appreciate the warmth afterwards.

  • Great list of things to pay attention to. It’s important to stay hydrated on a hot day like this to avoid heat stroke. Good one!

  • Serena
    August 26, 2016

    I wish there was an outdoor swimming pool near me! I could really do with one in this weather! I belong to a gym but unfortunately the swimming pool is indoors!

  • Suzanne Hines
    August 26, 2016

    Yup! We live in Ohio, so the summers aren’t too bad, but it still gets pretty hot! We have opted not to use AC (because not using it saves us a lot of money!), but it’s pretty hot some days! I’ve been following all these things all summer long. I think I’m ready for fall!

  • hannah
    August 26, 2016

    It’s weather like this that really makes me want to have air con x

  • MELANIE EDJOURIAN
    August 26, 2016

    I really should have set up the paddling pool for the children they love to cool off in it. Great list, very handy.

  • Rachel
    August 27, 2016

    Oooh great tips, I can’t believe how hot it has been in the past couple of weeks. It’s a nightmare when it comes to bedtime! xo

  • Cathy
    August 27, 2016

    I am right there with you! I’m so over the heat! I am loving the heck out of summer though! My son and I have been hiking, my husband and I biking.. we’ve swum, and I’ve lost weight. I’m tan.. so Yes I love summer, and yes I hate heat. The Air conditioner is also out in my car, so I’ve been whining about that too :D. I can add one little thing to your suggestions though. I keep a spray bottle filled with ice water to spritz myself with, and a little personal fan that I take everywhere! 😀 I call it ghettofab air conditioning 😀

  • It’s so difficult being pregnant in this heat, but having a big fan in the bedroom is definitely helping.

  • Helen
    August 27, 2016

    Great tips! I’m the opposite and love the heat, but I do hate trying to sleep in a hot bedroom so I’ll try keeping my windows and curtains shut when it’s warm.

  • Anna Nuttall
    August 27, 2016

    Hi Cathy, yes that is a great suggestion. I did buy a cooling spray but it didn’t work so well…

  • Harriet from Toby & Roo
    August 27, 2016

    I couldn’t agree more – I nearly passed out last week after I chose jeans when it was meant to be cool and it was BOILING! H x

  • francesca
    August 27, 2016

    I absolutely need to take your advice and apply them!! Its been so hot here recently that I can’t bare to put any makeup on as It’ll all just drip off anyway! The house gets too stuffy and I’ve also noticed if you keep windows, blinds and doors closed its sometimes much cooler!

  • Sabrina
    August 27, 2016

    Great tips 🙂 the closing the curtains one always works. I do all but one of those on your list already, but we are lucky in the UK that hot weather doesn’t bother us very often 🙂

  • Sharon Chen
    August 27, 2016

    Nice tips! I totally agree with choosing what to wear.

  • Jerwel Adrian
    August 28, 2016

    Summer can really be a bummer because you sweat a lot even if you are not moving too much. You wanted to turn on the AC but you fear that you might be spending more on the electric bill.

  • ROBERT LEE
    August 28, 2016

    I completely agree with swimming and only if you could afford it daily. Others? Stay in an airconditioned room or go to the mall. It’s what I would do but that is only because I bring my work with me wherever I go to. And yes, I agree, lots of water!

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  • Jane
    August 28, 2016

    Great tips for the summer! It’s my favorite season..I prefer hot temperatures then cold ones. You should also go to the sea, it’s the best way to deal with the heat 🙂

  • Rachel
    August 28, 2016

    I absolutely love having a cool shower if the weather is hot and sticky, it makes me feel so much better x

  • jehava
    August 28, 2016

    Heading to the pool or setting up a sprinkler in the yard are our favorite ways to stay cool! Great list!

  • Georgia
    August 28, 2016

    Great tips, I actually find having a cool to warm shower is more helpful than a cold one as it will cause the blood vessels to slow down throwing off heat. it feels much better than a really cold shower.

    I hate the heat and have in protest already packed away my summery clothes and got out my A/W clothes! Haha!

  • Johna
    August 29, 2016

    Great tips! I live in the Philippines where it’s hot all the time! I just make sure I’m wearing comfortable clothes, I’m so happy that the end of the year is coming cause it’s starts to get pretty cool around that time of year hehe.

  • Malaika Fernandes
    August 29, 2016

    Simply loved the write up!!

  • Cai Dominguez
    August 29, 2016

    I wonder on which part of the world are you know. Here in the Philippines, its rainy season. And the best way to beat the heat is to go to beach 🙂

  • Marge
    August 29, 2016

    I used to hate summer, really hate it with passion and I have always loved the rainy season. Now, I hate summer a little less just because it is the perfect season to travel around my country. We have so many beautiful beaches and of course, it won’t be fun to explore them when it’s raining.

    But I do get your point. I can’t stand the stifling heat too, especially when at home. That’s why when I can’t endure the heat, I go the nearest malls or coffee shops or anywhere with an airconditioning.

  • Mel
    August 29, 2016

    I’m with you on this I hate hot weather too, I live in a flat that is like a sauna. All your tips are great. Last year we bought an air cooler you put water in it and ice blocks the same sort you put in a cooler bag so it blows out ice cold air! its great for the kitchen. I banned the tumble dryer and cooker when it’s roasting so eat cold food and nothing cooked. My daughter gets married this Friday and I’m so hoping it will be in the 70s and not 90s! ROLL ON WINTER!!!

  • Mel
    August 29, 2016

    p.s
    the air cooler might be a good idea for your office!

  • Bluedreamer
    August 30, 2016

    Although I really prefer that gloomy rainy season , I still love it when it is summer as it gives me great time to explore and travel. I agree with the bottle of water thing. I was once adviced by a health expert that whenever you go outside under the striking heat of sun, it is always advisable to bring a bottle of water with you to prevent yourself from dehydration and heat stroke as well. Thanks for these awesome Summer tips

  • Jemma
    August 30, 2016

    Really great tips! It’s been so hot lately that it’s important to take care of yourself.

  • Claire
    August 30, 2016

    My trick is icing my wrists or running them under old water – there a point which feeds into your whole system!

  • Tatyana
    August 30, 2016

    As a lover of the autumn season, I almost completely hate summer, especially its weather. This post was both amusing, and informative to readers. Maybe next summer I’ll actually be able to use some of these tips, especially “not wearing black,” because honestly a quarter of wardrobe is black. Haha. Good job!

    Xoxo

  • TRAVEL EAT PINAS
    August 30, 2016

    I always face this problem during summer in the Philippines! This tips that you have are some of the things that I do just to survive but what I love the most is diving in the pool and swimming!

  • Master Ryo
    August 31, 2016

    Being born and raised in the tropical Philippines, summer is an all year round season to us.
    I believe your tips are on point. Just to add, perhaps putting some sunscreen will help you too.
    If you are in the Philippines mate , I would offer you a halo halo to cool off. 🙂

    cheers! http://www.masterryo.com

  • kylie cre8tone
    September 1, 2016

    Summer all year long here…. Need to learn how to survive anyway anyhow..

  • Leslie Hernandez
    September 1, 2016

    These are all great tips to stay refreshed and cool during the summer. Drinking water is very important and using sunscreen too when your outside. Here in NYC summer is almost ending so I am taking advantage of whats left of it although Fall weather is my favorite 🙂

  • Annie B
    September 1, 2016

    Well if and when.it becomes warm where I am I will be using this! Haha. Great post though.

  • Cecilia Keinapel
    September 2, 2016

    I wish I could have some summer heat where I am atm, in cold north of Norway! I must say I envy you and everyone that is back home. These are some god tips!

  • Laura H
    September 3, 2016

    The swimming pool is definitely the best place to cool down when it’s super hot. I love chilling in the pool if I’m on a sunny holiday!

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