Beat the heat: How to stay cool this summer

Summer 17/01/2019

It's said that this may be our hottest summer yet (thanks global warming), and while we absolutely love the sun, sometimes you want to avoid being a sweaty mess. Don't fret, we're here to help with these hot tips (or should we say cool tips) to keep chilled this summer:

Freeze your breeze
Placing a bowl or tray of ice in front of a blowing fan will help the room become cooler as the ice melts. Who knew!

Eat smaller meals regularly
Your body's natural process is to warm up as it works to digest large meals. Metabolic heat is needed to break down food, so by eating smaller meals, your body will need less heat meaning you'll stay cooler. 

Stay hydrated
Drinking cool glasses of water throughout the day can help to bring your body temperature down, as well as preventing dehydration that leads to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. 

Stay low
As most of us have heard, hot air rises. So staying lower to ground level will surround you with cooler air. You may want to sleep on the floor, or head downstairs to escape the heat. 

Rinse your wrists
Running cold water on your wrists for up to 30 seconds each will actively lower the temperature of the blood in your arms, which will recirculate into the body's larger bloodstream. This is a great way to cool your body down before trying to sleep.

Keep your feet cool
Your feet and ankles are jammed full of pulse points, so dunking your feet in an ice bucket or just some cold water can help to lower your body temperature.

Breathe in deep
Inhaling through your mouth and exhaling through your nose can create a refreshing effect. The theory is that when inhaling this way, your saliva will help to cool the air before it reaches your lungs.

Keep your moisturisers in the fridge
A great way to cool your skin down on a hot day is by applying a cold moisturiser to your body. Keeping your skin moisturised in itself will help you stay cooler, but an added bonus is the immediate cooling effect of using moisturiser that you've stored in the fridge. 

Direct your fan OUT instead of IN
Facing your fan out an open window will help to push warm air out while letting cool air in. This will work best if you have more than one window to get a cross draft going. Obviously this will only help if it's warmer inside than it is outside - otherwise you'll want to have the fan directed straight at you.

Hang your sheets out
Hanging a damp sheet infront of an open window will create a cool breeze, letting you cool down a whole room.