Only during the coldest days of winter does the summer heat feel so appealing. Once the summer is here, you find yourself rapidly struggling with sun-related health issues – sunburns can get very serious if you’re not careful – and trying to relax while the temperatures keep rising. Suddenly the hot weather has lost its appeal. And it’s understandable why: The temperatures are just so high that in some regions it is too hot for planes to fly. Needless to say, it can be difficult to relax during the summer when you’re too warm to be comfortable. But keeping your cool in summer doesn’t mean that you should just stay inside and wait for the cold months of the year to come back. There are still a few tips that can help you to survive the hot weather and to get comfortable, even when the sun is high and hot outside.

                                                                                            Keeping cool

Stay Hydrated

In summer more than in any season, it is essential to stay hydrated. Indeed, your body naturally loses more water through perspiration. Consequently, you want to ensure that you drink enough water. As a general rule of the thumb, you should be drinking around 30 mL per kg of body weight to keep your body functions performing normally. This is the equivalent of eight cups of water throughout the day for most people. But you don’t need to limit yourself to water only. Watermelon, cucumber, and even flavored water are a healthy way to vary tastes throughout the day and keep your water intake high. It’s important to remember that while ice creams, cocktails, and frozen coffees might be refreshing, they are not able to keep your body hydrated. Consequently, while a scoop of ice cream might cool you down, it doesn’t help your body to support its natural functions. Remember to drink water throughout the day to help your body to lower its temperature.

Go Swimming

Can there be anything more refreshing that diving into the fresh water, either in your swimming pool or the sea? However, in summer, you need to be cautious about going swimming. Make sure that you don’t go swimming while your body is digesting or if you are too hot already. Indeed, if you jump into the fresh water after standing in the sun for too long, you might experience severe weakness in the limbs and might not be able to swim. Additionally, if you have a pool, it’s important to ensure that the water is clean of parasites and regularly topped up. Outdoors pools tend to naturally lose water in the heat and need topping so that the liner doesn’t dry in the sun. Furthermore, if you notice that the water level drops too fast, you should get in touch with pool leak detection experts. Finally, always wear sunscreen if you are swimming outdoors between 10 AM and 4 PM as the water doesn’t protect you from getting sunburnt.

Keep The House Fresh

Keeping the house cool during the summer is a tricky task, especially if you have no A/C. Therefore you should make sure to open the doors and windows in the evening and use fans to guarantee air circulation throughout the house. Close the blinds and doors during the day so that the heat can’t get inside. Placing your feet into a basin of water will keep you cool too, especially if you work from home. Try to limit the amount of cooking that you need to do, as using the oven or the stove will increase the temperature inside your home.

Mitch Carvalho

A full-time home-based Marketing Manager by day, 24/7 Mom, and a Blogger at any time. I’m 43 and proud. Mom of Derelle & Erchelle, sharing my adventures as I walk through motherhood and having to do most things on my own while my Indian national husband works miles away from home.