How To Stay Cool This Summer Without Breaking The Bank (and without the AC!)

Whilst the summer period is our favourite for obvious reasons, it can also get a bit too much! Long days and the blistering sun can cause a great deal of discomfort when it goes on for too long, which is why many of us are constantly looking for ways to stay cool. 

I guess it’s not too bad when you have an AC. But what if you don’t? Air conditioners can be extremely expensive and let’s not start talking about how much energy they use! If you’re desperately looking for ways to stay cool this summer without breaking the bank, you’ve come to the right place. 

In this article, we give you the low down on how you can get through the summer season simply by adopting a few practical tips. 

Stay Hydrated 

Staying hydrated is one of the most crucial things to do during the summer period. Your body is in a constant state of effort whilst it sweats which makes hydration key. Even when you’re sat idly! What’s more, preventing your body from getting the right amount of water will only raise the body’s temperature. With your body losing more than it is consuming, you are left with feelings of dizziness and lethargy. Opt for water often, but it’s also ideal to drink fresh fruit juice throughout the day. Remember, it’s not about feeling thirsty – it’s more about staying hydrated when it’s hot outdoors. If you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. Remember to also eat foods such as watermelons, cucumber and melons as these all have high water content.

Take a Cool Shower

It’s hot and you’re perspiring. You’re feeling extremely uncomfortable. The solution you may ask? Try taking a cool shower. Not only will this leave you feeling refreshed, but it also helps calm your nerves and helps in slowing down blood flow around the body, resulting in a decrease in your body temperature. You could try using peppermint soap as the menthol within it makes your body feel cooler. 

Close The Windows and Curtains 

This is one that we usually forget about. There are many ways of keeping your home cool which will leave you and your household with more comfort during this hot period. Simply start by keeping windows and curtains closed and open them during the night. This way, you prevent the heat from getting in and allow the fresh air to enter during the evening. Rethink how many electric appliances you have switched on and switched off the unnecessary ones. Electric appliances generate heat and this can make it worse when combined with the outdoor heat.

Step Away From The Laptop

Being sat on the laptop and working during the day can make things worse in the heatwave. Consider taking a nap, meditating or simply putting your legs up and unwinding for a moment before returning to work.

Open Windows At Night

There can be a lack of wind passing by throughout the day which makes opening the window pointless. Once the sunset, open all the windows of the house as there’s usually a nice breeze throughout the later hours of the night.

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Dress Appropriately 

Dressing in the heat is mistakenly associated with wearing as fewer clothes as possible. Whilst that is important, it’s vital to keep in mind that our bodies are vulnerable and can get sunburned almost immediately. A general rule is to buy lightweight clothing which is made from materials such as linen or cotton. This allows our bodies to breathe and allows air to pass through correctly. Choose light-coloured clothing as this helps in repelling the heat. Above all, we recommend wearing clothing that is loose as it also allows for better air circulation.

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