We are in mid August and the heat is sweltering. While some people love the warm weather, others find it unbearable. If you're one of the latter, we feel your pain.
It's hot outside, and the best way to stay cool is to drink plenty of fluids. Staying hydrated helps your body regulate its temperature and also prevents you from feeling thirsty. Make sure you drink water, ice tea, sports drinks, juice or any other hydrating beverages throughout the day.
You may also want to avoid caffeine and alcohol, which can dehydrate you. And if you're feeling really hot, consider eating cooling foods like watermelon or cucumber.
Wear Bright Clothing
Wearing light and bright colors is a great way to beat the heat! Not only will you feel cooler, but you'll also stand out in a crowd. So grab your brightest sundress or tank top and head outside. You'll be glad you did.
Use the Computer Less
You and the kids are spending hours in front of the computer, and it's only making you hotter. Try to use the computer less this summer, and find other activities to keep you occupied. Spend time outside in the shade, go for a swim, or read a book. It may be hard to break the habit, but your body will thank you later.
Don't Run the Dishwasher
One of the biggest mistakes people make in the summer is running the dishwasher. Not only does it use a ton of energy, but it also releases hot air and steam into your kitchen, which makes it even hotter! Try to avoid running the dishwasher as much as possible and stick to hand-washing instead.
Get a Fan
One of the easiest (and cheapest) ways to stay cool this summer is to buy a fan. Fans can help to cool you down by circulating air around your body, and they come in all shapes and sizes, so you're sure to find one that fits your needs.
If you're looking for a fan that will really keep you cool, consider buying a pedestal fan or a floor fan. These fans have large blades that move a lot of air, and they can help to cool down an entire room quickly.
Here's a tip for window fans: Turn the windfan in the opposite direction where the blades will pull hot air out of the room.
Another great way to stay cool this summer is to take a cold shower or bath. The cold water will help to reduce your body temperature, and the invigorating feeling of the cold water will help to refresh you and make you feel more awake. Enjoy your summer!