4 ways to beat the heat this summer
I could make a list of all the things I love about summer but a heat wave is not one of them. When the heat becomes absolutely unbearable all you want to do is melt into a puddle. August is one of the hottest months of the year in Canada but it also marks the last month of summer. And, while we try to take advantage of the hot weather, it can be hard to find ways to stay cool and still enjoy the summer day. Here are four ways to beat the heat this summer heat and stay as cool as a cucumber.
Keep cool with an icy treat
There’s a reason we love having freezies, ice cream, popsicles and other frozen treats and, it’s not just because they taste good. A frozen treat can help cool you down during those hot, sticky days and help you re-energize.
Stock up on your favourite frozen food item or splurge on an icy treat when the temperature skyrockets. If a frozen treat is hard to find, there’s always a great and simple alternative: water. Add a few ice cubes and some sliced fruit or mint leaves to add flavour and you’re good to go.
If it’s hot outside, sometimes it’s best to just stay indoors. But, I’m not talking about staying in your house. If you don’t want to be cooped up at home and it’s too hot to be outdoors, find a local mall, museum or movie theatre to visit. Most public spaces will have air conditioning and you’ll be able to literally chill out out for a couple hours.
Visit your local pool, beach or park
Splash the day away at your local splash pad. Find a pool, park or beach near you and spend the day swimming and relaxing. Bring all the outdoor necessities like a water bottle, sunscreen and snacks and enjoy some time in the fresh, cold water.
Keep calm and carry on
If you’re spending the day at home, keep the house as cool as possible. Keep sunlight and heat out by us and curtains. Use fans to create a consistent airflow. Try to limit the exercise and movement. In other words, it’s OK to vegetate. Do you something relaxing like yoga or watching a movie or take a nap. And, of course, don’t forget to stay hydrated.