How to Cool Yourself During Summer

November 8, 2020

You need to know how to cool yourself during summer to avoid getting dry skin and dehydration. If you are not careful, your body could absorb too much heat leading to heatstroke. We have put together tips to help you overcome the summer heat without spending too much money. Let’s delve deep into the details.

Us an Electrical Fan for Summer

With the availability of great electrical fans for summer, there is no reason for you suffering from the heatwave. Whether it is a portable or ceiling fan, it will adequately cool the air and make life more comfortable for you. However, some people may find a fan inadequate. What they must do is put a bowl of ice in front of the fan. It will blow air over the ice, creating a much colder breeze. Not only will the room be colder, but also you.

Take Cold Showers

If your air conditioner isn’t working or is undergoing maintenance, a simple cold shower is enough to cool you down. It has the advantage of lowering your core body temperature and improving blood circulation. Even so, it will reinvigorate your skin by reintroducing moisture.

Drink a Lot of Water

As a result of constant sweat, the body loses a lot of water fast during summer. That’s why you are advised to drink a lot of water. Not only will it invigorate you, but it will also create a state of balance within the body for better health. So, what can you drink? Well, ice-cold water is the best. If you can’t get it, then you should try juices or soda. As long as it introduces fluids into your body, it is safe to drink. However, avoid coffee and other diuretic beverages.

Avoid Using the Stove Indoors

When you cook indoors during the sumer, you end up worsening the heat. Now, that’s not a good thing, especially when trying to cool yourself. So avoid using a stove or oven for cooking your meals. It also increases the humidity levels causing condensation and moisture build-up in your home. The excess moisture can worsen allergic symptoms and cause the build-up of bacteria. So, in addition to suffering from the heat, you will also end up in a hospital.

Avoid the Sun in the Late Morning and Early Afternoon

Sitting, standing, or walking in the sun between 11 am and 2 pm can expose you to extreme heat. At that time, the sub is overhead and most likely to cause sunburns. So, avoid venturing into the outdoors. If you must, then you should wear the right clothing to avoid getting scorched by the sun.

Pull the Curtains and Keep Them That Way

Whether the air conditioner or a fan is running, opening windows helps to cool down the room faster. But that’s not enough – you also need to keep the curtains pulled always. If you don’t, then the heat will remain trapped inside the room, rendering your efforts to cool down futile.

Go for Light Beddings

Using heavy bedsheets and blankets can worsen the heat situation inside your home. If anything, it is difficult to sleep when feeling sweaty and hot. It helps to cover yourself with a light, breathable cotton bedsheet. And, you won’t even need a comforter on a hot night. If you expect the night to get colder, then have a light blanket on hand. You can quickly pull it over your body when the time comes.

Have Spicy Meals

Spicy food increases your body heat, making you sweat. That’s why it may seem foolhardy to have such a meal amid a hot summer day. For some reason, the people in India have no issues despite eating spicy foods in a hot climate. As your body sweats, it begins to cool down. Thus, your body will cool down, making the summer heat more bearable.

Spend Time Downstairs

A good science student would tell you that hot air rises. That’s why you should expect hot air to hang around your home’s upper floors. As such, you can find the cold air downstairs, possibly the basement. You could even have the family sleep downstairs until the heat dissipates.

Wetting the Curtains

If you want your room to stay super-cool, then sprinkle the curtains with water. Alternatively, you could hang a wet sheet. While at it, ensure the window stays open. As the warm breeze hits the curtain, it will draw cold air, thus cooling your home.


So, how are you planning to cool yourself during the summer? The tips suggested above are simple and won’t cost you any or a lot of money. So, you have no excuse for suffering dehydration and heatstroke. Act now before you end up in a hospital bed!

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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