Self Care: Manage the Heat
Global warming is real. Peak summer temperatures are higher now than they have ever been. Now is a great time to learn how to manage the heat during the harsh summer months without inflating your energy bills. Learn how to stay cool during some of the hottest months of the year.
Regulate your Home
One way of countering summer heatwaves is to ensure that your air conditioning is in top condition. Have it professionally inspected and repaired. Ensure that the air filter is clean and functional to guarantee efficiency and comfort. Good air conditioning also helps lower your energy bills and carbon footprint.
Re-Energise with Water
This keeps your body hydrated, countering the dehydrating effects of excessive sweating. The human body works more or less like an air conditioner, with its coolant being sweat (body waters). The more heated up it gets, the more the coolant it consumes, the more you sweat, and the more you need to refill the coolant tank.
Water is very beneficial to your skin. If you don’t have access to a saltwater pool or a beach, you can always try regular cool baths. Sea salt water is packed with numerous skin-healing minerals. Magnesium, calcium, and potassium help to absorb toxins in the body and promote the healing process. Take a dip as often as you can!
Use Essential Oils
Most essential oils contain menthol, and that gives them some cooling properties. The cooling effect could be mild, but essential nonetheless. Make a body mist and bring it along as you run your daily outdoor errands. You can also add a few drops of essential oils to your diffuser at home to create a cool haven.
Plants keep the house cooler during the warm weather by shading it. They add humidity to the room making it easier to lower the temperature without having to pay extra. Indoor plants are great for anyone, no matter how much sunlight your rooms get.
Cool your Bed
Start by investing in a ChiliPad. This is a mattress pad that is designed to regulate bed temperatures. The downside of this pad is that it cools your bed uniformly, so it might not be your ideal solution if you have a bed partner. You will be better off with a Wink Bed that comes with a dual-sided cool control, so if you are hot and your partner is cold, you can cool your side of the bed without making him/her uncomfortable.
Get comfortable this season and find more tips here!
By Jennifer Monroe