Top tips for staying cool this summer

Top tips for staying cool this summer

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Earlier this year the UK saw the hottest temperatures we’ve had in a long time. Summers seem to be getting hotter and hotter each year now and we need to do more than normal to keep ourselves cool. Maybe one of these top tips will help you to stay cool this summer.

Stay hydrated

It might seem like a really obvious thing to in summer but it’s also easy to forget to drink enough. Being out and about, enjoying a holiday or staying busy with the family can sometimes mean that drinks are a second thought. However, when it’s hot your body works harder and as it sweats, it needs that fluid to replace what’s lost through sweating.

If you’re doing outdoor activities, or are in the direct sun then you should aim to drink at least 2-4 cups of water each hour.

Personal hygiene

The hot weather can make us feel sticky and sweaty and sometimes, especially if you’re out for a long time, this can make you feel less than great. While having multiple showers a day would be ideal it’s not something that’s practical or possible most of the time. A really good idea instead is to learn how to stop armpit sweat and make it one less thing you need to think about.

Prepare yourself

One of the worst things to do is to be ill-prepared. For example, if you’re going out for the day make sure you pack a bag accordingly especially if you’re out with children. Take enough water or drinks for the day or until you can get to a shop to replace them. Plan to be indoors or in the shade during the hottest hours of the day; this could be an ideal time for a long lunch break. Ensure everyone has sun cream applied and you have more with you to reapply every couple of hours.

Wear loose clothing

There’s not much worse than being hot and having your clothes feel like they’re sticking to you. While tighter clothes can look good and might feel nice when you put them on in the morning they might make you hotter later in the day. By wearing loose clothing you’re allowing your skin to breathe and for air to circulate, making your body cooler.

Keep your home cool

Something we’ve done a lot more this year than others is to try and keep the house cooler during the day. One simple step is to keep your curtains or blinds closed during the day where possible. This stops your house from feeling like a greenhouse when the sun comes in through the windows. Another great rule to go by is to keep your windows closed if indoors is cooler than outdoors. Once it gets cooler later in the day or at night time then it’s time to get those windows open again.

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