The days are getting longer, the temperature is rising and the sun is shining brighter. You all know what that means: summer is just around the corner. Summer usually means fun at the beach, lazy afternoons by the pool and evening sipping chilled drinks. But the season also means scorching heat, arid air and sleepless nights.
During summer months, you may experience hyperthermia, a medical condition also known as overheating. This can be very dangerous, especially if you have other preexisting conditions. But just as important is your ability to stay cool mentally despite the rising temperature. Learn how you can reduce your body temperature and keep a level head during the summer today.
Staying Fresh Physically
Your internal body temperature needs to stay within a certain level or it will start malfunctioning. Lucky for you, the body gives off plenty of signals when you need to cool down. These signs include getting thirsty, slight dizziness and profuse sweating. You can prevent your body from manifesting these critical signs with the following tips.
- Get a Summer Look
Summer is the time for you to unveil the new, lemon-scented you to the world and what better way to do that, and stay cool at the same time, than by getting a haircut? A new, dynamic haircut won’t just revitalize your appearance, it can considerably cool down your body.
Think of undercuts that expose your scalp to more air and draw inspiration from bold styles like Natalie Dormer’s 2014 look. Shortening your hair in general is also a good idea because you won’t feel as top-heavy and unbalanced.
- Unleash Your Summer Wardrobe
Just like how animals shed their thick, dreary winter coats, so should you get rid of your drab and stifling clothing during the summer. Choose fabrics that are breathable and lightweight like linen and cotton. If you must wear thick fabrics like jeans, maybe you can wear them as shorts or aerate them with a few distressed holes.
The lighter your clothing, the better it is for your body temperature. When exercising, invest in wearing sweat wicking fabrics that help you feel more refreshed and not sticky despite your exertion.
- Schedule Smartly
Summer months are when people try to be as active as possible with sports and entertainment. However, you need to be smart enough to schedule these activities away from the hottest part of the day, namely between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun is directly overhead.
So invest in finding a good morning exercise or an afternoon workout regimen. Concentrating your most physically taxing activities in these hours ensures you don’t get too hot.
Keep Cool Mentally
Summer is also when people tend to explode because of the heat. The combination of searing temperatures and feeling overheated can end with people getting too angry or frustrated.
Here are some ways you can make sure your mind stays as cool as your body during the hot months ahead.
- Indulge Your Hobbies
You won’t feel as frustrated if you make sure to carve out the time you need to indulge in your hobbies. During the summer, you may have to juggle your work life with your personal life and other responsibilities. But if you don’t eke out the time to indulge in activities you enjoy, you will end up dispirited at best and frustrated at worst.
No matter how short the time, whether it’s a half-hour or just two hours, find a way to do your hobbies. You’ll be surprised how more relaxed you’ll feel afterwards.
- Get a Drink
Staying hydrated isn’t the only benefit of settling down with a nice cool drink. No matter what you drink, whether you prefer alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages, you may be instantly soothed with a single sip. So when you feel your temperature starting to rise and your brain’s getting too hot from frustration, go to your refrigerator and prepare your drink. A cool drink not only soothes your dehydration, it gives you something else to focus on instead of your frustration.
- Meditate Regularly
When the world starts crowding into your head too much, you can always turn to the ancient art of meditation to help you center yourself. Meditation is the center of several disciplines such as tai chi, tae bo and yoga. Indulge in periodic bouts of meditation whenever you feel overwhelmed and angry. The rhythm of inhalation, exhalation and the stillness of your own mind can be very calming and provide you with the respite you need.
Summer may be hot, but that doesn’t mean you have to boil over. Staying cool physically and mentally is important to make it through the year.