In the midst of the heatwave, stay cool with ten simple steps:
1. Wear cotton
Swap synthetic, silk and other fancy fabrics for cotton and linen. These are great for ventilation and will help cool you down.
2. Shut your windows
Shut your windows and close your curtains before leaving home during daytime. Heat waves enter directly through your unguarded windows and will warm up your house over the day.
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3. Combat dehydration
Drink plenty of water as well as cold drinks – the NHS recommends 8-10 glasses of water every day.
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4. Grab a parasol
Umbrellas are great for protecting yourself from the heat when outside, so grab one before you step out.
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5. Stay cool
Place some ice cubes on your wrists and around your neck for a minute for two – it makes a real difference to your core temperature.
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6. Freshen up
Go for a quick shower before hitting the hay to lower your temperature and help you nod off.
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7. Keep calm and drink tea
If you are an avid tea drinker, toss your hot herbal tea into a glass full of ice. It’s refreshing, cheap and keeps you hydrated.
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8. Spicy food
Try eating spicy food. Surprised? Spicy food triggers the heat receptor in the mouth making you sweat, which cools you down from within.
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9. When to exercise
Avoid exercise in the middle of the day. Head out for your daily run first thing in the morning or at twilight to avoid fatigue.
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10. Avoid cold showers
Cool or tepid water is better for showering as freezing water will actually make your body attempt to preserve heat.
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