Summer brings about mixed feelings in many of us, as we love the warmth, but hate the dripping sweat that comes with it. It can be difficult to find the motivation to enjoy the outside air when the heat begs you to stay indoors. You want to have fun and hang out with your friends, but the cool AC in your home makes you think twice.
Luckily, several hacks can help us beat the heat and stay comfortable, even on those insanely hot days. These can help whether you plan to stay indoors or venture outside, so there is something for everyone. Keep reading to learn about ten hacks to stay cool this summer!
10 Close the Curtains
If you plan to stay inside, then it can be a good idea to close your curtains and keep out the warm rays of the sun. When the light shines through your window, it directs heat inside of your home, increasing the temperature and making you uncomfortable.
This is especially helpful when you don't have an air conditioning unit, or if your unit seems to be struggling to keep up with the extreme heat of the day. You might feel like a hermit who prefers not to interact with the outside world, but it's worth it to stay cool in the heat of the summer day.
9 Wear Light-Colored Clothing
You might have heard this once upon a time, but some people don't believe it to be true. Black or darker clothing absorbs the wavelengths coming from the sun, which increases our body heat.
The opposite is said for white clothing, which reflects the wavelengths, thus keeping the heat at bay. Your favorite shirt might be a glittering black halter top, but it might be time to find a new favorite for the summer that won't leave you sweating within minutes.
8 Dampen Your Cap
Summertime has people pulling their baseball caps out of storage to protect their heads from the summer heat and to keep the sun out of their eyes. A neat little trick many people have adopted is to dampen the inside of their ballcap with cool water. It will keep your head cool, which in turn, will help the rest of your body stay at a manageable temperature.
You won't be overheating like your friends who thought your idea was stupid. If the cap isn't enough, you can always dampen a rag and place it over the back of your neck as an added method of reducing your internal body temperature.
7 Aloe Ice Cubes
We have all gotten a sunburn sometime in our life, and the next few days after our skin turns tomato red can be painful. A good way to help soothe the ache of the tender parts of our skin is to make aloe vera ice cubes. All you need is to buy the aloe vera gel, squeeze it into an ice cube tray, then stick it in the freezer.
These will feel great on your skin and help reduce inflammation. They can also be used for other things like healing bug bites, reduce the swelling of acne, and remove makeup from sensitive skin.
6 Spicy Foods Don't Help
When we eat spicy foods we can feel our internal body temperature rising with each flavorful bite. This might be great in the dead of winter but in the summer this only exacerbates our heat exhaustion. You should avoid anything that gets your heart racing, as well as brown rice, ginger, and coconut oil.
You might love to eat them, but staying cool might mean sacrificing some of these foods until the temperature drops to something more manageable for your body. The hot wings or spicy sausage will still be there for you in a few months when the weather cools off.
5 DIY AC Unit
The worst thing that can happen in the summertime is for our AC to go out on us. One way to handle this is to create your own makeshift air conditioner. All you need is a small fan, a styrofoam container, ice, and a piece of PVC pipe.
You cut holes for the PVC pipe and fan in the top of the styrofoam lid, place the ice inside, and voila, you have a replacement AC that will keep you cool until the repairman arrives. It works surprisingly well, but you should make sure you have a few bags of ice on hand to keep it stocked throughout the entirety of the day.
4 Put Cold Water on Your Wrists
Blood runs hot through our veins, and on a scorching summer day, this can only lead to us wanting to stay indoors. A good way to defeat the heat is to run your wrists under cold water for three minutes, as it will reduce your internal temperature by decreasing the temperature of your blood.
There are also some stores that make ice pack wristlets, so you can take this hack with you everywhere you go. They might look strange and bulky, but the effect it will have on you will be lifechanging as you beat the heat like never before.
3 Stick Your Pillowcases and Sheets in the Freezer
You have probably heard of some people who store some weird things in the freezer, but sheets and pillowcases are not one of them. This is a great way for people who can't sleep in anything but the freezing cold find the rest they need. You can stick these items in your freezer every morning, and by the time you are ready for bed, they will be as cold as a winter night.
If you find they are too cold, then you can put them in the freezer an hour before bed, or play with the time until you find the temperature that works for you. Your beauty sleep is important, and this is just one way to preserve it in the summer heat.
2 Use It as an Excuse to Relax
We all live busy lives and feel we don't have enough time to get everything done, but the heat can be used as an excuse for you to sit back and relax. When you are on the move it can raise your internal temperature and make you break a sweat. The less you move on hot days, the more comfortable you will be in your own skin.
It might be the perfect weekend to clean your house, but the heat is telling you that relaxing on your couch might be the better option. You should take advantage of the omen and find your happy place as you spend the day doing absolutely nothing.
1 Buy a Mini Mister
Mini fans or misters were popular in grade school among all of the kids, but now you can relive your glory days by getting another one in your prime adult years. They might seem childish, but the second the cool mist hits your face you will throw all inhibitions to the wind.
You won't want to put it down, and you will be the envy of your friends who wish they had thought of such a grand idea. The great thing about these is that they easily fit into a backpack, or even a purse, and take up very little space so you can have it when the weather takes a turn for the worse.