Tips for keeping cool in the heatwave

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The mercury is rising and temperatures are set to climb throughout the week. Here are a few tips to keep cool in the heat.

Stay hydrated – keep your body temperature down by drinking water regularly. It is easy to get dehydrated when you sweat which can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Avoid caffeine – as this can make you feel hot and jittery in the heat. Try juices and smoothies if water is not your thing.

Wear your sports gear – as Lycra is designed to deal with sweat which will keep you cool in the sun.

Wet paper towels – to quickly cool your beer or wine bottle, simply wrap a wet piece of kitchen roll around the bottle and pop into the freezer for a while.

Keep your sunscreen and moisturiser in the fridge – it will be a cool treat and prevent the liquid from going off or melting.

Wear socks – this might seem odd, but wearing socks in the heat can help you stay cool and fresh. Socks can help to absorb the sweat, keeping your feet cool and clean.

Avoid the sun between 11 am and 3pm – as it will be at its hottest at this time and sunburn will be more prevalent.

Create a cross-breeze – placing fans around a room can create a pretty nifty cross breeze. Place one by the window, another in the middle of the room – they’ll work together to push the cooler air around.

Cool down your ‘hot-zones’ – your pressure points are your secret key to happiness! Applying a little ice pack or a bottle filled with iced water will help you cool down immediately. Pressure points are: ankles, behind the knees, wrists, elbow bends, neck and temples

Take a shower – as this is a great way to cool down and reset. Ensure the water is just tepid though as filling the air with steam will make the room much hotter.

Hang a wet sheet – hanging a wet sheet in front of an open window will help bring down the room’s temperature.

Refrigerate your bedsheets – Place your bedsheets in your fridge or freezer for a half an hour before you sleep, and you’ll never have trouble falling asleep because of the heat again. Also consider investing in soft gel packs that you can place underneath your sheets, or tucked between your legs (wrapped in a tea towel).

Get spicy – spicy foods actually help you cool down as they increase your blood circulation, which in turn makes you sweaty. And getting sweaty helps you to cool down, but always keep plenty of water to hand!

Turn electrics off – appliances generate heat, so a great way to keep your home cool is to turn them off when they’re not needed. (and also reduce your electricity bill).