Be cool, baby! {Miss July; Hot, Hot, Hot}

July 7, 2014

As much as I love living in the south, I have to admit that the heat and humidity that comes with July and August has me dreaming of living somewhere with cooler temps. It’s H-O-T … and not just your regular every day hot but “miserable hot”. (For those who don’t live down here, yes there is a big difference). The first eleven years of our marriage, Shawn and I lived in a tiny 14 X 70 mobile home that had no central air and only one small window A/C unit. And, to make matters worse, we lived in a spot with very few trees for shade, so the sun was constantly beating down on us from every angle. During the summer we would cover the inside of our windows with aluminum foil to keep the sun out, and that poor window unit stayed on constantly. It was in our living room (the middle room in our mobile home), so that’s where we spent most of our time, and when the boys came along, we spent many nights camped out on the living room floor just to stay cool. Although now I can look back on those days and smile over the memories we made, I’ll never forget just how miserable our small home could be during the summer months. When we bought our brick house in July of 2005, we spent most of our first week lying on the floor beneath the ceiling vents, enjoying the cool air from the central air conditioning unit. It was, and still is, such a blessing. (Although not so great for our checkbook sometimes).

I looked online for some tips on ways to stay cool during the summer, and I thought I would pass along these ideas from Enjoy!

* Get a fan for your bedroom. A fan on a low setting that can keep a light breeze blowing across your room can work wonders.

* Put a small pillow in the freezer an hour or two before you go to bed. Put a few plastic shopping bags over it to keep ice from forming on the fabric.

* Drink water frequently. Your body will feel cooler if you are hydrated.

* Try using a water misting fan. These portable devices are battery operated so you can take them with you wherever you go.

* Place or tie an ice pack behind your head.

* Run cold water over your wrists for 10 seconds on each hand. This will reduce your temperature for roughly an hour.

* Soak your feet in a bucket of cold water. The body radiates heat from the hands, feet, face and ears, so cooling any of these will efficiently cool the body.

* Go downstairs and lie on the floor. Warm air rises so it’s layered on top of the downward moving cooler air, which sinks lower. If you’re in a house, for example, stay lower than the warm air. Make your way to the basement or lower level. It will be coolest near the floor in the basement or on the ground level.

* Sit still. Do not try to fan yourself — trying to move while feeling hot can make you feel hotter.

* Sit in the shade.

* Avoid peak sunlight hours. If possible, avoid going out between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., when the sun’s rays are hottest. You’ll also avoid a sunburn this way.

Do you have any tips for keeping cool? If so, pass them along!

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