20 Jul 7 Ways to Cool Off this Summer
Summer is upon us and in full swing. While some may love the hot weather, it can quickly get to bed too much. Especially when you consider some of the intense heat waves we’ve already experienced this year. If you’re on the west coast, you know what I’m talking about, considering that Portland, Oregon broke a record for the hottest three-day period on record — by six degrees. On June 26, the temperature reached 108 and kept climbing, getting up to 112 on June 27, and hitting a staggering 116 on June 28. All three days set all-time heat records for the city.
In June, it got so hot that even Canada was melting, setting a heat record in one town at 116 degrees in Lytton, BC — the highest temperature ever recorded in the country!
Whether you’re in Alaska or Arizona, sometimes the heat gets to be oppressive. Here are a few steps you can take that will help you to ensure that you keep cool and counteract the heat.
1. Drink Plenty of Water
You will need to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water throughout the summer. Too many people don’t drink enough water, which leaves them dehydrated, and feeling under the weather, not to mention hot and bothered. Drinking plenty of water is the perfect choice for helping you cool down as much as possible.
Dehydration can lead to serious medication conditions, including heatstroke, which can land you in the hospital or even kill you. The EPA estimates that more than 1,300 people die a year from conditions caused by extreme heat.
2. Air Conditioning
This one may sound like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised at the number of people living without this incredible invention. Air conditioning can be a literal lifesaver during the summer. It can turn your home into an oasis away from heat. Some window air conditioning units can go for as little as $45, but the relief it offers is priceless.
3. Blackout Curtains
When the sun’s beating down on your home, installing blackout curtains is the way to go. Blackout curtains are tightly woven curtains that block out light but also provide insulation. Installing blackout curtains can help keep your house at a reasonable temperature all year round. In addition to providing greater insulation, thus reducing your heating and cooling costs, they also provide more privacy and dampen noise from the outside.
4. Get Wet
Swimming is an incredible way to cool off in the summer, and there are plenty of ways to use cool water to cool off. Of course, if there’s a swimming pool, lake, or ocean nearby, those are always great options. But sometimes those aren’t accessible, or if you have young children who aren’t capable of swimming, they aren’t ideal. That’s when finding alternatives help. For example, a paddling pool in the backyard, a water fight, or a cool shower can make a big difference on a hot day. In addition, some communities are installing splash pads to help keep kids cool — and if the kids are already playing at the splash pad, why not jump in and run around with them?
5. Wear Sunblock
Sunscreen is a great way to protect your skin from harmful rays, but it doesn’t give your skin that sunkissed glow. However, that tan may not be worth it when you find out that wearing sunblock keeps you cooler in the summer. The science says that the sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause a drop in nitric oxide in the skin. This means less blood flows to the skin and can mess with your body temperature. Applying SPF-50 can prevent that, which will help you stay cool all day and keep your skin from burning all night.
6. Cool Spray
Have you ever sat around wishing they made air conditioning in a can? Well, congratulations, you came up with a million-dollar idea — unfortunately, it’s a little too late. Cool spray is a product you can buy to keep you cool all summer long. Carry a tin of cool spray around with you to use whenever you get too hot. These sprays are available to buy in stores and produce a cooling mist that is wonderfully refreshing.
7. Eat Spicy Foods!
No, you’re not imagining things! It might seem counterintuitive, but eating spicy foods can go a long way towards helping you ensure you keep cool during the summer heat. This is because many hot, spicy foods get their heat from a chemical known as capsaicin, and this is an irritant to humans, causing us to sweat, which then results in us cooling down. So as long as you stay well hydrated while eating spicy food, you’re burning mouth will cool your body down.