How To Stay Cool In Blistering Hot Temperatures

Cooling Advice

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Cooling tips and simple advice to help ease the discomfort and health problems brought about by rising temperatures. It is important to avoid rising temps and dehydration.

Keep in mind that heat exhaustion and possible heatstroke symptoms include mental confusion, rapid pulse and heartbeat, dilated pupils, rapid and shallow breathing, either elevated or lowered blood pressure and unconsciousness. 

Cool Down Fast Remedy

Cool down fast by treating the pulse points on your body.

Ice packs, cool compresses or cold water applied to these areas help chill your blood vessels effectively and consequently lower your overall body temperature.

Pulse Points

  • Around Neck
  • Temple
  • Inner Wrists
  • Inside Bend of Elbows
  • Back of Knees
  • Inner Thighs
  • Ankles and Tops of Feet

Smart Ways to Stay Cool...

  1. Slow Your Pace - Don't over exert yourself. If you must engage yourself physically, slow your pace and choose the coolest time of day to do so.
  2. Stay Indoors - If there is no air-conditioning in the home, avoid the upper floors. Remember, heat naturally rises.
  3. Drink Plenty of Water - Avoid dehydrating beverages (caffeinated drinks and alcohol). Iced herbal teas or healthy juice bars can be quite refreshing.
  4. Wear White - Choose white or lighter color clothing over black and darker shades that tend to absorb the heat, whereas white reflects the heat.
  5. Eat Less - Avoid eating large meals. Eating more frequently with smaller portions will be more easily digested. No need to stress your body further during a heat spell with a sluggish tummy.
  1. Rest - Lay down for a few minutes with a refrigerated face mask to refresh your body.
  2. Install a De-humidfier in your living quarters. Sticky humidty in the air factors into heat discomfort.

DIY - Favorite Cooling Summertime Drinks Recipes

  • Garden Mint Iced Tea
  • Honey Lemonade
  • Kombucha Tea
  • Lemon Balm Tea

More Suggestions for Staying Cool and Keeping Hydrated

  1. Do you still iron your clothes? Set up your ironing board in the basement where it is cooler and have a fan blowing your direction.
  1. Although fans do not lower temperatures, they will help circulate stagnant air and do help cool the body by evaporating sweat.
  2. If you must run errands, be sure to take a bottle of water with you or keep a cooler in your car.

Readers Weigh In - How They Get Cool

When we were kids back in the 1950's, almost no-one had air conditioning. The town movie theater was usually the only "air" to be found. On super-hot nights, we'd get a clean sheet wet in the bathtub and then wring it out well. We'd put a wet sheet over us and direct a fan at the bed -- instant "evaporation cooler". The trick was to get cool enough to fall asleep. If it's safe to do so in your neighborhood these days, sleeping on the porch was also a popular way to get cool back in the day. We'd put mattresses on a screened porch and all sleep outside under light sheets. It's a bit noisy in the morning, but the cooler night air can give great relief. Whenever I feel sorry for myself now on hot days, I remember back when our homes, our schools, our work-places and our cars were all NOT air conditioned. We're quite blessed these days, relatively speaking. Remembering those days makes the heat more tolerable somehow. It's a way to cool the mind of self-pity.


~Guest Jean V

Cool with Shitali Prnayama. Breathe air in with mouth and exhale through the nose.
~Guest dalsukh

Keep the Air Moving - One way that I tolerate the heat is by keeping the air circulating. Even if you have air conditioning in your home it helps to leave ceiling fans on. If you don't have air conditioning you can always try taking a cold shower, and leave your hair wet when you're finished. I also avoid going outside between the hours of noon and 3:00 p.m. These peak hours are when you are most likely to get sunburned. I always wear sunscreen and take water with me wherever I go.
~khayesrn

Air Conditioning! - When our area is having a heat wave, we pretend it is a blizzard. We stay in our air-conditioned den and watch movies all day long!
~Yolanda

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