Man oh man, is it hot enough for you? I haven't left the house in three days. In fact, where I go, my fan goes LOL So, I apologize if I've been MIA, but I just can't sit at the computer for long in this heat.
Thirteen Ways to Stay Cool
1- Wear loose-fitting cotton clothing. A light color is best.
2- Fill a spray bottle with water and keep it in the fridge for a quick spray when you're overheated.
3- Fans circulate air and help you feel cooler, even if you have air conditioning.
4- Store your body lotion in the fridge. Instantly cool yourself down by rubbing lotion to the bottom of your feet.
5- Keep a few water bottles in the freezer to take with you outside. As the ice melts you'll have a fresh cool drink.
6- Take frequent showers or baths in tepid water.
7- Drink plenty of water and/or sport drinks to combat dehydration.
8- You'll often see people with small battery operated fans. You can even buy them to attach to water bottle and spray a nice cool mist. If you have a link to these, please post it!
9- If you work outside and wear a baseball cap or hat, try taking your hat off and pouring ice cold water in it, then quickly put it back on your head.
10- Avoid caffeine and alcohol, both will promote dehydration.
11- Instead of hot meals, try frequent light meals and snacks. Cold fruit is always nice on a hot day.
12- If you don't have air conditioning, consider spending a couple of hours in a mall, library or movie theater. Many cities have cooling centers where you can go to cool off from the sweltering heat.
13- Most importantly, use common sense. If you can't handle the heat, stay indoors, avoid direct sunlight and strenuous activities. This heat is especially hard on the elderly. If you have an elderly neighbor you know lives alone, it might be a nice gesture to stop by and check up on them. DON"T FORGET pets also need protection from dehydration and heat related illness. Keep the water bowl full. I like to throw an ice cube in now and then throughout the day. Leave your dog at home if you just plan on leaving it to wait in the car while you run an errand.