Weather is getting to you? We feel you!
The fact that El Nino is not really here yet and the current hot spell has left us running for shelter, only means we’ll need to brace ourselves for the full blown effects in the days to come. The intense heat and humidity will make it hard to sit still and not curse away. But let’s keep our cool, shall we?
Read on for some tried and tested ways to be as cool as cucumber in this heat!
It is without doubt clothing will play an important role in keeping us cool during this heatwave. Forget satin, silk and polyester for a while and go for lightweight cotton that is breathable and good for promoting ventilation plus airflow.
You know those face wipes and masks you have lying at home, stick them into the fridge for a few minutes before usage. This won’t keep you cool for long but at least it will provide a brief respite from heat and humidity.
Take tepid not cold shower
Although it might sound more tempting to stand under a cold shower, the thing is your body generates heat afterwards to compensate for the heat loss. So take a tepid shower just below body temperature, especially before bedtime.
Break up your meals
Ever noticed how you feel hot after a big meal? That’s because the larger the meal, the more metabolic heat your body produces to break down the food. So eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid high protein meals as it increases metabolic heat.
A hot water bottle may be good for cold days but in this hot weather, it can be a portable ice pack. Stick it in the freezer for a few minutes and use it whenever you need to relax. You can also use rice/bean compress for the same purpose.
Now, we’re not suggesting freezing the blades of your fan but if you have a standing fan, place a shallow bucket of water with ice in front of it. Instead of blowing hot air around, you’ll get nice chilly breeze and create a good airflow.
Pamper your pulses
Want to cool down stat? Apply ice packs or cold compresses to pulse points at the wrists, neck, elbows, ankles, groins and behind the knees. This will help you to bring down the core temperature in your body within minutes.
Our toes are pretty sensitive to temperature because there are lots of pulse points in the feet and ankles. Cool down the whole body by dipping feet in cold water anytime throughout the day and especially before sleeping.
It is important to maintain good hydration throughout the day during this period as you’ll be losing a lot of water through sweat. Drink a glass of water before bed; all those tossing and turning at night can result in dehydration.
Turn off the lights
This is pretty obvious – light bulbs give off heat. So use as minimal light as you can in the evening. Cool down a whole room by hanging a wet sheet in front of an open window so the breeze blowing in can bring down the room’s temperature.