It is hot here at the moment. I have got up at 0530am and it is pleasant but still warm. I have very pale skin so sunbathing and going to the beach are out for me.
So what are the best ways to keep cool in Summer?
Drink hot tea
When I was staying with a good friend of mine in Darwin, Western Australia I arrived and was struggling to adjust to the difference in heat from Sydney where I was living. She made me a cup of Earl Grey tea – just like we used to drink when we lived near each other in England.
I thought this was a strange thing to give me as I thought an iced water might be more suitable. “Joanna drink hot tea, you’ll notice the difference soon enough.”
How wise she was, within a few minutes I started to cool down, I also was sweating more but that helps to cool the body.
However regardless of whether you drink a cup of tea or ice cool drink, drinking enough fluids in boiling hot weather is important. It goes without saying that avoiding drinking alcohol is sensible in hot weather. No one wants to have a glass of wine, feel sleepy and fall asleep in the sun!
Learn more about the science about hot tea and cooling you down.
Keep the lights and gadgets off
Obvious really but the more electronics and lights you have on the more heat there is in the house. Gadgets give off heat, so unplug what you are not using.
Likewise if you have blinds, draw them down part of the way as that will shield the sun from beating down into your house.
If you have shutters then use them too, it makes such a difference when we close them,inside the house is about 20c and outside it is 35c. Dreamy cool!
Also avoid using the drier – why you’d need to use the drier in Summer I don’t know as the washing line is so effective on a hot day and that is a HUGE money-saving tip. I put out a big load of washing this morning 0545am and it was dry by 10am! Didn’t cost me a penny, or cent!
Keep your wrists cool
My husband often tells me when I say what a hot Summer’s day it is, “put your wrists on a cold flannel (wash cloth)” or you can put your wrists under into a basin of cold water. The veins are close to the surface at the wrists so cooling the blood I have found cools my whole system. FAR cheaper and more environmentally friendly than air conditioning – which we do not have in our house anyway!
A facial spritz or even the ironing spray bottle is a great way to keep cool too. Spritz your skin and allow it to evaporate off you, it will feel cool. I use this rose water spray, and simply refill the bottle with lavender water or boiled, cool water with a drop of lavender essential oil.
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Get up early and live like those in the Mediterranean
I have been getting up at 0530 the last few days, it doesn’t feel early as it is beautiful and light at that time. The joy of it is that it is blissfully cool, relative to the scorching heat of 12pm. I get up have breakfast and do any chores that require effort and definitely water the garden, hang out the washing, and walk the dog.
Then when at 11am it is roasting and I feel myself flaking, I make a cup of tea (see point above) and read the research I have to read for my next book. You can read more about my first book The Radiant Woman’s Handbook here.
Later in the afternoon when it is cooler I cook dinner and do more things around the house etc. It may not suit your lifestyle but if you can go Mediterranean. The siesta is a wise move and one that many in France, Italy and Spain still do. Shops are closed and people conduct business later in the day when it is cooler.
Racing about will keep you feeling hot, bothered and likely angry. Our modern schedules are enough to make my Grandmother sigh, why are we so busy nowadays. We work longer hours and yet are more stressed, is it worth it? In the heat no!
So S L O W down. Take your time. Do less and you will likely find you achieve more.
Our puppy doesn’t race about on a hot day she lolls, and strolls about. She even looks at the chipmunks and casually (slowly) walks on by. Oh, it is too hot for chasing!
Plan your Summer schedule so you have time to appreciate the weather and not give yourself a hard time by piling a ‘to do’ list to rival all lists.
Let yourself sweat
I do not wear anti-perspirant any time of the year, and in Summer that means I sweat but that is something I am happy to see as that is my body doing its thing. I wear a very effective deodorant which means I don’t smell but I do not want to stop my body naturally sweating. Learn more about deodorants here.
What are your tips for keeping cool in Summer?
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