Five Ways to Beat the Heat

This week, the weather in Chicago feels like someone’s turned on the furnace full-blast! Our summers often come in this way.  We go from cold to hot overnight.  However, temperatures in the mid-90s is unusual for us in early June.  Yesterday evening my car thermometer read an outdoor temperature of 98 degrees!  I wonder if this portends a hot summer? I personally love the heat (I’ll take it over any day in January) but even I have my limits.  Here are five ways to beat the heat.

  1.  Air Conditioning.  Truthfully, I am not a huge fan of air conditioning.  I hate artificial air and feeling like I’m all sealed up.  When it gets super hot there is no way to live except with air conditioning, especially at night.  I may open the windows for awhile during the day to get some fresh air but at night I am all about the air conditioning.  I need to be cool to sleep.  And if I can’t sleep because of the heat, then I am sure to be cranky until the heat spell subsides.
  2. Hydrate.  Everyone always says to hydrate during the heat but it really is your body’s best way to cope with it.  I try to drink a lot of water everyday but if I am in the heat I up the water intake.  And for some variety try ice cold water and add some mint or cucumber, or try one of the many flavors of sparkling water.
  3. More Clothes.  While we all look forward to wearing our tank tops and shorts, sometimes as strange as it sounds,wearing a little more clothing in the heat is more comfortable.  I am not talking about sweaters or jackets, but rather wearing light pants instead of shorts or wearing a shirt with a little sleeve.  Less clothing often makes me sticky and, not to be yucky, gives the sweat nowhere to go.  With a little more clothing you won’t stick to chairs and you will have some protection from your searing hot car seats.  Just wear clothing with lightweight fabric and loose fits.
  4. Cool Your Feet.  We do not have a pool but when it’s really hot I go outside and run freezing cold hose water over my feet.  I remember as a kid my mom used to sit with her feet in our wading pool and now I understand.  Just cooling off your feet cools your whole body.  Try it.
  5. Rest.  There is a reason that songs have been written about the lazy, hazy crazy days of summer or as we refer to really hot days as the dog days of summer.  We are supposed to rest in the heat.  Your body needs rest to cool itself.  So sit by a pool, sit on your porch or lie in a hammock.

Rest and enjoy the heat of the season.  I’m going to soak every bit of it in my bones so I can bring it out in the dark cold days of winter. –June

Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Those days of soda and pretzels and beer
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
You’ll wish that summer could always be here
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Those days of soda and pretzels and beer
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Dust off the sun and moon and sing a song of cheer -Nat King Cole

 

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