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50 Ways to Beat the Heat and Chill Out
Staying cool in the heat
It's that time of year and the temperatures are scorching. You are wondering how you will survive another season of heat without melting. The sunshine filled days are a bit too hot for your liking.
You are ready for cool breezes and cooler temperatures, but for now you must figure out how to beat the heat in comfort. There are many ways that you might never have considered.
I've listed some ideas that might or might not work for you. Maybe you could use my suggestions to help create your own ideas.
I tend to enjoy the heat more than the cold, but even I have a breaking point. I hope you find some relief and keep your cool because the heat won't last forever.
Cool off at a Splash Pad
Symptoms of Heat Stroke
- Dry skin with no evidence of sweating
- Confusion, seizures, fainting
- Fast, strong pulse
- High body Temperature (106* or higher)
- Jumping into a cold pool while someone is having a heat stroke is NOT a good idea. This action could cause a seizure. The body should be cooled down slowly. Use wet cloths, a spray mister and/or fans.
How to treat heat related issues...
- Get to a cool area or place ASAP
- Remove heavy clothing
- Take small sips of water
- Cool off the skin with a wet cloth or fan
- Call 911 if a heat stroke is suspected
How to beat the heat...
- Jump in a lake! Use caution!
- Visit a museum or local library and learn something new!
- Bring along some lounge chairs while grocery shopping and hang out in the frozen food section!
- Fill a plastic spray bottle with ice cold water and spritz yourself when you feel warm.
- Hang a hammock in a shady area and appreciate the gifts of mother nature.
- Go to a movie. See a double feature. If temperatures are above 100* then stay for a triple feature!
- Hydrate! Drink water! Profuse sweating depletes our body of fluids that we need! Our brain is 70% water. Something to "think" about.
- Make multi-color ice cubes using food dye and use them in your tall glass of refreshing water.
- Prepare cold, nutritious meals instead of heating up the house using the oven.
- Do yard work in the early morning or evening. Avoid mowing your lawn prior to 9 a.m, if by doing so your neighbors might get annoyed.
- Plan an exciting adventure and go indoor ice skating.
- Be sure and hydrate before going to do exercise outdoors. Our lungs are 90% water and would appreciate the replenishment.
- Eat foods that are mostly comprised of water. Fruits and vegetables fit this category. Watermelon, peaches, tomatoes and cucumbers are delicious thirst quenchers.
- Fill snack size ziploc bags with ice cubes and place them on the back of your neck to help cool the body off.
- Wear hats with wide brims to block the sunshine from your face.
- Wet a towel and place it over your head for a temporary, but useful cool down.
- Swim in a pool and don't forget your sunscreen!
- If your child has an inflatable pool ask if they would share some space with you.
- Don't have a pool? Fill your bathtub with cold water and bring along a rubber ducky!
- Turn on your lawn sprinklers and while watering your thirsty grass and garden...you could run through the sprinkler and cool off.
- Go for some retail therapy at your local mall. Shop, browse and enjoy the free air conditioning.
- Use ceiling, table top or floor style fans to help reduce your body temperature.
- Lean your head into your freezer for a few seconds for a quick cool off.
- Make a pitcher of ice cold lemonade or iced tea and sit in the shade while reading a book.
- Remember the less movement the better when temperatures are extremely high, so think like a turtle and don't over emphasize your outdoor moves.
Keith Urban - 'Til Summer Comes Around
Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion
- Headaches, dizziness
- Excessive sweating
- Cold, damp skin that's slimy to the touch
- Irritable or confused
- Weak pulse
- Nausea, vomiting
History of the "tan"
According to fashion historians the suntan became a fad due to fashion designer Coco Chanel. In the 1920's she returned from a sailing trip in the Riviera and was sporting an "accidental" tan.
She was a golden brown color and others wanted the achieve the same glow.
Previous to this celebrity incident tanning for centuries was considered unattractive and was only achieved by members of the lower working class.
More ways to beat the heat...
26. Drinking ice cold beer in the heat sounds appealing to some people. Actually this practice is not beneficial. Alcohol dehydrates the body, robbing it of water that actually helps you cool off.
27. Wear lightweight clothing. Cotton material allows your pores to breathe and absorbs sweat.
28. Clothing should be light-colored because this reflects the heat.
29. Plan a date to a comedy club and laugh a lot and forget about the heat for a bit.
30. Go for an outing on a boat. The ocean breezes will cool you off. If you don't have a boat, find a friend who owns a boat.
31. Post your local temperature as your Facebook status and I guarantee your Facebook friends will beat your temperature and that should make you feel better.
32. Never, ever, ever leave a child in a car. Ever.
33. Never, ever, ever leave a pet in a car. Ever.
34. Have a water balloon fight! Boys against girls. The losing team has to fill up the next round of balloons!
35. Treat yourself to a Slurpee and enjoy the brain freeze.
36. Purchase the largest super soaker you can find. Have a "blast" while aiming for your target!
37. Take an exhilarating, cold shower!
38. Place baby wipes in the fridge for instant cool downs!
39. Have a picnic at your local beach or neighborhood park and listen to Beach Boys songs!
40. Practice reverse psychology and imagine yourself in below zero degree temperatures.
41. Plan a vacation to a cooler area. While it's summer in the States it's winter in Australia. Take a trip down under. Vice Versa for the Aussies.
42. Wait patiently for the ice cream truck to come around. A sweet treat is a sure way to beat the heat.
43. The most significant amount of dangerous UVB rays occur between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. It's during this time that you are at most risk for skin cancer and health related issues. Heed the warnings.
44. Overexposure to the sun causes premature wrinkles so always protect your skin.
45. Run cold water over your wrists every couple of hours. This action helps cool the blood which helps cool you!
46. Keep blinds or curtains closed during the hottest part of the day to keep the heat out.
47. Eat smaller meals instead of three large ones. This will prevent your body from overheating while metabolising food.
48. Pop some popcorn and watch the movie "Ice Age." Envision yourself as a character in the movie! That should cool you off.
49. If you can't beat the heat, why not join it! Enjoy the sunshine. Use appropriate precautions!
50. On the flip side sweating helps rid the body of toxins and viruses! I will emphasize that this should be done in moderation!
Keep on shining!
Chill out on a bed of ice...
Cool Wraps are another option to help you chill out
Kenny Chesney - Summertime
Heat Packs are a good way to keep warm
© 2012 Linda Bilyeu