Many heat waves were recorded in 2022, and the UK in particular experienced the highest temperature in its history. And while some countries are used to excessive heat, others have a hard time coping with it. There are so many ways the heat can affect your daily life, which is why we thought we’d give you some tips. It’s the little things that can keep you sane and feel a little better under the scorching rays of the sun.
The bright side know that the whole world is currently facing very high temperatures, and we hope to be able to offer you some useful advice on how to manage the problem.
1. Keep the curtains closed.
While a good A/C would solve the heat problem right away, if that’s not available you can start by keeping the drapes or blinds closed. This way you keep sunlight out and your interior spaces will be cooler. This is a good first step that could also save you money on utility bills.
2. Create a homemade “air conditioning” system.
Getting a fan to help keep you cool is the best and easiest choice for anyone. However, when the environment you are in is extremely hot, the air from the fan will also be hot. In this case, you can place a bowl full of ice cream in front of the fan and sit across from it. The the hot air from the fan will begin to cool after uniting with ice.
3. Be sure to shop early in the day.
Most people shop while traveling in their carsbut a closed vehicle can reach over 200°F (93°C). You can, of course, blow up the air conditioning, but that will consume a lot of your gas. That’s why you’d better go shopping early in the morning when your car is still cool. Doing this activity later in the day is not a good idea because the car will have accumulated all that heat from the start of the day.
4. Avoid coffee and drink water instead.
Sweet soda, caffeinated drinks and energy drinks will lead to dehydration instead of helping you calm down. The best thing you can drink is cold water, even if you’re not thirsty. This is because high temperatures make you sweat and therefore cause your body to lose water. If you don’t replenish lost hydration ahead of time, you could face severe dehydration later.
5. Do not exercise during the hottest hours of the day.
While many people head to the nearest gym, which usually has air conditioning, others choose to exercise outdoors. Whether you like running or doing yoga in the park, you should leave these activities after sunset or early in the morning. This is due to the fact to exercise in the heat puts extra stress on your body and causes it to increase its core temperature. Exhaustion, heat cramps and heatstroke are some of the illnesses you might face.
6. Don’t forget sun protection.
Wearing sunscreen is essential, even if you just go to your nearby store for a bottle of water. But that’s not the only protection you need, since a hat can also become your best friend. However, if you feel this is not enough, you should consider packing a umbrella. The shade it provides not only protects your head, but your whole body as well.
7. Eat nutrient-dense foods.
Many people cannot eat the same amounts of food during the summer, and Heat is to blame. The best dietary advice for this is to eat many small meals during the day instead of 1-2 large meals. In addition, it is better to opt for foods rich in nutrients and, more specifically, fruits and vegetables with a high water content. You may need to avoid sugary foods that contain only empty carbohydrates.
8. Dress smart.
The problem of dark-colored clothes, especially black items – is that it traps the sun’s heat. That’s why it’s informed will pass lightweight, light-colored clothing that reflect heat and sunlight. Also, loose clothing that don’t constrict your body seem like a much better choice than tight-fitting clothes that trap heat and make you sweat.
What is the weather like at home ? Do you often have to think about the heat before you leave your home, or is excessive heat something you rarely have to deal with?