55 Ways To Stay Cool During Hot Summer Months

by Sherry Riter in Health,Self-Development  

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It doesn’t take much for this fair skinned, redhead to get overheated in the scorching heat of the sun during the hot summer months. I’ve learned many tips of how to stay cool.

During this massive heat wave in our country and with millions without power in Virginia, I thought I would share some of my tips with you. Hopefully it will prevent you from wilting like my potted flowers. No, my green thumb works great in the yard, flower beds and garden, but it just doesn’t extend to potted plants. Isn’t it just pathetic?!

55 Ways To Stay Cool During Hot Summer Months

  1. Prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of fluids especially water.
  2. Keep cold water in the refrigerator – mason jars for each person work great because each person becomes responsible for keeping their own jar filled.
  3. Drink sports drinks or other drinks that will restore the electrolytes if you are exercising or sweating a lot.
  4. Avoid alcoholic drinks. They dehydrate you.
  5. Avoid caffeine in both drinks and food.
  6. Eat frequent small, cold meals and snacks – This will keep the microwave, stove and oven off too.
  7. Eat spicy food that make you sweat.
  8. Freeze cubed fruit to help keep you cool inside which will help on the outside too. Fruits such as grapes, watermelon, cantaloupe, pineapple, blueberries, raspberries and oranges are delicious frozen.
  9. Wear your hair up in braids, ponytail or barrettes which keeps the hair off your face and neck.
  10. Wear lightweight clothing.
  11. Wear loose fitting clothing.
  12. Wear light color clothing because it won’t absorb the heat from the sun.
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  14. Wear natural, loosely woven natural fabrics such as cotton and linen.
  15. Wear a light-colored, wide-brimmed hat.
  16. If you’re home, alone, you can wear nothing. Yeah, try being naked while eating a cold mango. 😉
  17. Wear moisture-wicking athletic.
  18. Change your clothes often if they get soaked with perspiration.
  19. Change your socks in the middle of the day to keep your feet dryer.
  20. Go barefoot.
  21. Rotate shoes. It helps to keep the bacteria away.
  22. Stay out of the midday sun.
  23. Wear sunscreen.
  24. Store lotions and cosmetic toners in the refrigerator.
  25. Use mint or aloe vera body moisturizers.
  26. Run cold water over your wrists to reduce your temperature. Yes, it works.
  27. Sit with your feet in a bucket of cold water.
  28. Take cool water baths or showers.
  29. Avoid steam.
  30. Use cucumber slices on your eyes while sitting quietly. Cucumber slices on your eyes are even better if your feet are in a bucket of water at the same time.
  31. Sprinkle baby powder and cornstarch on your body and the sheets of the bed.
  32. Use high thread count or satin sheets on the bed for cooler sleeping
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  34. Sleep on a feather or down pillow with a cotton pillowcase.
  35. Keep your blinds closed.
  36. Use insulated curtains.
  37. Install attic vents.
  38. Cool down your house with ceiling fans even if you have an air conditioned home.
  39. Put a wet sheet in front of a box or portable fan to cool the air.
  40. Use a small, portable, battery operated fan that sprays a cooling mist.
  41. Use a misting bottle to keep the skin damp especially if you don’t sweat adequately.
  42. Sit still and do not fan yourself.
  43. Invest in having your home air conditioned.
  44. Try to provide the air conditioning condenser a high cover such as an awning to provide shade.
  45. Keep the filter in the air conditioner changed on a monthly basis.
  46. Using a programmable thermostat to keep a more constant temperature and reduce cooling costs.
  47. If your home doesn’t have air conditioning, go to an air conditioned public facility such as the mall, church, library, movie theater or a place set aside by the city in times of extreme heat.
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  49. Stay inside or in the shade.
  50. Cover all fabric covered furniture with smooth, white fabrics. They are cooler to the touch.
  51. Use your basement during the hottest hours of the day because under the ground is naturally cooler than a house above the ground.
  52. Turn off heat producing electronics such as the computer and television.
  53. Sleep naked under a sheet only.
  54. Enjoy the pool.
  55. Practice relaxation methods.
  56. Exercise early in the morning before it gets hot outside.
  57. Think about snow! Yes, think cool thoughts like snow flakes because it actually helps keep you cooler.
  58. Wear skimpy lingerie. Wait. Hmm…Well, if you wear sexy lingerie, it might lead to a lot of exercise, but you will sweat a lot. After the exercise, I’m sure the sweat will evaporate and cool you down. Okay. Yes, wearing skimpy lingerie is a good idea.

See? I HAVE learned a few things about staying cool during summer. Yeah, this wimpy redhead is good for something!


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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

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1 Skip_D July 3, 2012 at 5:55 am

Yes, you definitely have learned a thing or two about beating the heat! I’ve tried many of those myself, & those that I’m unfamiliar with make very good sense. Personally, I strongly advocate number 7, number 15, & number 50! 🙂 I would add one thing to your list: frequent hugs. They don’t necessarily make you feel cooler, but they’re always good medicine! {{{huggsssssss}}~


2 The Redhead Riter July 3, 2012 at 7:47 am

Yes, you are right, Skip. Frequent hugs are some of the best medicine! {{{{hugssss}}}}


3 Roy July 4, 2012 at 8:31 am

Thank you for the advice. Living in Florida, heat and humidity are always a concern. I’ll use the info to keep safe.


4 The Redhead Riter July 4, 2012 at 9:14 am

You’re welcome, Roy! Definitely stay cool and safe during this very hot summer!


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