When the temperature hits record highs, knowing how to cool off can prove a bigger challenge than many realize. Try these beat the heat tips, summer ideas, and fun recipes to make!
How to beat the heat this summer
Whether you spend a lot of time outdoors or you are someone who is hidden away from the sun throughout most of the day, it is important to understand how to beat the heat. From taking a swim to eating the right frozen treats, look over these suggestions and discover a few useful ideas the next time the humidity starts to get to you.
1. Drink lots of water
Most people know that they need to drink about eight glasses of water each day in order to stay appropriately hydrated. Sadly, statistics point out that the average adult falls incredibly short of this goal. If you’re not drinking enough water on a daily basis, it could be one of the top reasons you feel so hot. Staying hydrated helps to regulate the temperature of your body. This means that you’re less likely to be bothered by the intensity of the sun on a day when you’re consuming ample water to refresh your system.
Try these hydrating water recipes:
- 4 Detox Water Recipes
- Easy Infused Water Recipes
- Lemon Cucumber Mint Water
- Cucumber Orange Water
- Watermelon Juice
- Strawberry Lemon Water
2. Grab a Frozen Treat or Two
Sometimes, all you need to feel better about the sweltering heat is a little snack. Not just any treat, of course. You want to focus on cold, delicious options like ice cream. There is a good reason why this creamy dessert is a staple of summertime. Whether you grab a cone from your local vendor or you order some delectable ice cream packs for home, knowing when to snack can make a world of difference toward your overall mood. If standard ice cream isn’t your thing, don’t forget there are alternatives like sherbert, homemade frozen yogurt, a smoothie, popsicles, and water ice.
Beat the summer heat with these frozen treats that help cool down:
- Basil Lemon Popsicles
- Greek Yogurt Strawberry Party Popsicles
- After Workout Smoothie
- Tropical Bliss Smoothie
- Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream (dairy-free)
- Mint Chocolate Chip Frozen Greek Yogurt (sugar-free)
- Cauliflower Ice Cream (keto, dairy-free)
- Frozen Hot Chocolate Smoothie
3. Create a Cooler Living Space
Many of the habits that people fall into at home can play a significant part in how hot they feel while hanging around the house. When you leave your devices plugged in at all times, your electronics begin to put off low levels of heat. Though it might seem insignificant, it can make all the difference between a home that feels comfortable and one where you’re constantly breaking into sweat. Closing your curtains before leaving the house on a sunny day is also a wise choice, as it prevents UV rays from filtering through your windows and boosting the temperature.
4. Get Wet
Finally, one of the best ways to cool off on a hot day is by getting wet. Typically, this means heading to the beach, lake, or pool and taking a quick dip. Sadly, not everyone has access to places where they can swim. For anyone unable to splash around in a pool, consider filling a spray bottle with some cold water. Whenever the heat begins to get to you, pull out your bottle and give yourself a quick spritz. Some people will even add essential oils or cucumber to the mix to give the spray a more invigorating feel.
Beat the summer heat and cool down
A particularly hot day can be difficult to deal with for a number of reasons. If you’re looking to beat the heat, give yourself time to consider your options and put together a strategy that will keep your internal temperature exactly where you want it.
Stay cool friend!
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