When your ice cream starts to melt profusely before you even have your first lick, you know it’s hot!
This could be the hottest summer in South Africa, so it’s best to know these 15 tips on how to keep cool during the heatwaves…
>> Fill up a spray bottle with water and spray away the heat – use your main pulse points (inner elbows, behind ears and knees) to cool yourself down.
>> If you don’t have an aircon, DIY your own! Fill up a pan with ice, aim a fan at it and sit in front of it.
>> While the sun is out make sure to close your curtains or blinds – if the air is hotter outside, rather close your windows too.
>> Stay out of the direct sun as much as possible.
>> If you are going to be in the sun, always wear sunblock with a high SPF, anything over 50 is good.
>> Fill a bucket or two with cold water and soak your feet, otherwise take a cool shower or bath.
>> Keep yourself continuously hydrated – keep a close eye on your children and other family members and ensure they are also well hydrated.
>> Avoid drinking caffeine and alcoholic beverages, these will only dehydrate you more!
>> If possible, rather head downstairs and avoid the upper stories since hot air always rises.
>> Switch off your lights and appliances, such as your computer, when you are at home – they can raise the temperature indoors.
>> Steer clear of massive meals and protein-rich foods, they only increase the metabolic heat and warm your body up.
>> Try to rather eat fresh foods that do not require you to use the oven or stove.
>> Wear loose fitting clothes in light colours, darker colours can absorb more heat.
>> Get physical by having an early morning swim or do some yoga – do not attempt rigorous physical activities such as cycling, hiking or jogging.
>> Don’t forget your furry friends! Ensure they always have plenty of water and a cool place to relax.
Heatwaves aren’t surprising during the summer months, however it helps to know how to take care of yourself and others.
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