Baby, It Won’t Be Cold Outside
I hate to admit it. I'm becoming, I guess, kind of a middle of the road type person. As a kid, it was summer and winter. Those were my times of the year, leaning summer because, well, no school. Now I tend to embrace fall and spring because of their lack of extremes.
Seeing what this last winter brought us, makes me look at the upcoming summer with a good degree of trepidation. But ready or not, here it comes, and we need to be ready.
Beating the summer heat can be challenging, but with some strategic planning and smart choices, you can stay cool and comfortable. So here some Dr. T tips on how to beat the summer heat.
First and foremost, staying hydrated is crucial. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your body hydrated. Avoid excessive consumption of caffeinated or alcoholic beverages as they can dehydrate you further. Watermelon, cucumber, and other hydrating fruits and vegetables can also help replenish your body's fluid levels.
Dressing appropriately is another key factor. Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, and breathable clothing made of natural fabrics like cotton or linen. These materials allow air to circulate around your body, helping to cool you down. Opt for light colors that reflect sunlight rather than dark colors that absorb heat.
Seeking shade is an effective way to escape the direct heat. Stay in shaded areas as much as possible, especially during the hottest hours of the day. If you're outdoors, consider using an umbrella or a wide-brimmed hat to provide additional shade.
Utilizing fans or air conditioning can significantly improve your comfort level indoors. Ceiling fans or portable fans can create a refreshing breeze and help circulate the air. If you have access to air conditioning, set it to a comfortable temperature. Close curtains or blinds during the day to block out sunlight and keep the space cooler.
Plan your activities wisely to avoid the hottest times of the day. Limit your outdoor activities during peak hours, typically between late morning and early afternoon. Instead, plan activities for the cooler hours of the morning or evening when the sun is less intense.
Take advantage of water-based activities to cool off. Going for a swim, visiting a local pool, or even using a water sprinkler or misting system can provide instant relief from the heat.
Finally, pay attention to your body's signals. If you start feeling overheated, take a break in a cool environment, drink water, and rest until you feel better. Keep an eye out for symptoms of heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion or heatstroke, and seek medical attention if necessary.
Being cool in the summer takes some effort. Unless you're Matt damon. He's cool all the time.