We’re not going to complain, god knows we like to see the sun in this country. But some of us are overheating. We’ve put together a useful list of heatwave hacks to get you through those sweaty days.
In all seriousness, heatwaves can also be dangerous. If you have a newborn you’ll be stressing about the temperature of the room, what to dress them in and how to keep them hydrated. Older kids will likely want to sit in the paddling pool all day, while you would like an ice bath. Our heatwave hacks are here to help you stay safe and sane this summer.
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Our top tips to stay cool:
- Head to the supermarket and enjoy the air con.
- Never mind the kids, get a paddling pool just for you.
- Seek out a fountain and splash like a child (with or without your kids).
- Keep a stash of bottled water in the freezer.
- Stay home and plant yourself in front of a fan. Do not move.
- Run a flannel or small hand towel under the cold tap and place on your neck. Better still, put the wet flannel in the freezer and use when required. Have a supply.
- Hang a cold, wet bedsheet at the window.
- Eat less meat. Yes really. Digesting it causes our bodies to use energy and consequently heat us up.
- Athleisure gear always.
- Put your moisturiser in the fridge.
- Always wondered whether Birkenstock and sock man knows more than you? Well, socks can help keep you cool by absorbing sweat.
- Keep blinds and curtains closed during the day to keep out the hot air and light. A bit Miss Haversham but desperate times call for desperate measures. Open at night to enjoy the (slightly) cooler temperatures.
- Showering before bed is a great way to cool down.
- Another freezer trick: put your pillowcase in a plastic bag inside the freezer and use on the pillow at bedtime.
- Drink plenty of fluids! Rose doesn’t really count for rehydration but a spritz covers both camps in our view.
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