These past few days have been hot! I really can’t complain though and have to remind myself that in a few short months there will be snow on the ground again. Just as some people despise the cold weather, this heat is too much for many people to take. Many people can feel housebound or confined to spaces that provide air conditioning. While the cold of winter can get people down, so can the heat of summer. Here are a few ideas to keep cool and keep and try to enjoy all that summer has to offer.
1. Hit up the lakes or pools. Even if you aren’t a big swimmer, sometimes a quick cool off can be a welcome reprieve.
2. Avoid peak heat. The day is usually at its hottest from 10am-2pm so plan your outdoor activities outside of the peak times
3. Keep hydrated. Many of us don’t get enough fluids at the best of times, let alone when it is 30 degrees. Make sure you are drinking enough water, especially if you are going to be active outdoors.
4. Sunscreen. Wear it. Avoid being sore, uncomfortable and doubling as a lobster. Try to apply sunscreen 20 minutes before you go outside and reapply about every 90 minutes, even more often if you are sweating or doing a lot of swimming. Reduce your risk of skin cancer and wrinkles. No one wants wrinkles.
5. Dress appropriately. If it is a scorcher out make sure you have your hat and sunglasses on. Dress in natural, loose fibers. Be as comfortable with your clothes as you can.
6. Stick to the shade. If you must be outdoors during peak heat, find some shade or create your own with an umbrella. Sticking in the shade can take the heat from uncomfortable to enjoyable.
7. Be a kid again. When I was growing up I don’t ever recall it being too hot. That is probably because my friends and I were always finding ways to keep cool and have fun. Whether that be running through the sprinklers, having a water gun fight or blowing up water balloons, we were always making the most of summer. Who says that has to stop when you’re an adult?
Have fun and try to enjoy the weather we have because it never sticks around long. Also, don’t forget to keep your furry friends cool. Make sure pets have access to fresh water, check the temperature of roads/pavement before going for a walk*, and never leave your animal in a parked car.
*to check the temperature, place your hand on the surface for 10 seconds. If it’s too hot on your hand, it’s too hot for your pet.