Beat the heat this summer with these tips

Summertime in Southwestern Ontario can get pretty toasty.

It can also be stormy, humid, or cold, depending on how Mother Nature is feeling on a given day. The weather here is a tad unpredictable.

Fluctuations aside, when it is a scorcher outside, it can be difficult to stay cool. I thought it may be useful to brainstorm some tips and tricks for keeping cool this summer in hopes of assisting someone else.

As odd as it may sound, keeping a change of clothes in the refrigerator or freezer can be a lifesaver, specifically if you’re working outside. I first heard about this from someone who suggested I keep my ballcap in the freezer, and really, if it works for a hat, why can’t it work for other clothes? If you’re soaked with sweat, keep some spare shirts and maybe even some shorts some place cold. After a quick change, you’ll feel refreshed and recharged. You can also pop your bedding in the freezer for a few minutes prior to bedtime for the same effect.

Another option, if you have a fan on hand, is to place a shallow dish with cold water directly in front of the fan. The air movement will pick up the chilled temperature of the cold water directly in front of it and blow it your way.

Having ice packs on standby and placing them on your pulse points, such as wrists, ankles, and behind your knees is another effective way to cool down quickly. You can achieve a similar result by using cold compresses or towels.

These are just a couple of ideas I’ve heard about over the years, and there’s plenty others that work. Try a simple Google search if you’re struggling to find inspiration, drink plenty of water, and wear loose fitting cotton clothes for a less sticky summer.

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