When the temperatures start to rise, it is really important that you try to keep you, your family and your home as cool as possible. High temperatures like we have seen in the last few years can cause a range of heat-related illnesses. They can be the milder heat cramps to the more serious heatstroke.
So, here are some tips to help you have the most comfortable summer ever.
When it comes to your home, you should have a few things in place. Small tabletop fans can be dotted around, and it helps if they have the oscillating option. The movement helps push the cool air around the room. A ceiling fan is a great option too, as they push the cold air down on the room.
And while many countries have homes fitted with AC as standard, not all do. So you could check out having an AC unit fitted. You will need to remember that it should be serviced by a specialist air conditioning service. There is nothing worse than when the Ac breaks down in the peak of the heat.
If you want to give your body the best chance to keep itself cool, then try to swap to a lighter menu. Eating heavier foods will mean two things. The first is that you will likely be standing over a hot stove in the heat, while you will be uncomfortable at best. And the second is that your body is going to use a lot of energy to digest that food. So try to switch it up to lighter meals earlier on in anticipation of the hot weather.
There are certain times of day that the heat is at its peak. So if you can do things like your grocery shopping, or mowing the lawn earlier or later in the day then try to do so. Usually, it will start to get warmer around 10 am and then peak around 12-1, and will last until around 4 am. If you typically go for a run or a jog, then try to move that to an earlier, cooler time.
Have some reusable bottles in the fridge at all times. This makes it easier for the kids to grab them and go, for you to put one in your bag and the car too. Putting some bottles in the freezer, or having bottles with the frozen insert will help the water stay cooler for longer too. Filling a spray bottle with water and putting it in the fridge will mean when it gets warmer, you can spritz a cool-mist all over your face and body to help you cool down.
Try to wear lighter layers of clothing too, fabrics like linen and cotton are generally the best for wicking away moisture and keeping you cool. The choice of color you use will also make a difference. Whites and light colors will reflect the light, while black is likely to absorb it and make you even warmer. And a wide-brimmed hat can give you your own personal shade at all times too.