How to Stay Cool in Extreme Heat

Temperatures are rising, so staying cool is imperative.

I don’t know how anyone can argue with global warming given that we are basically living in an earth-sized oven. Temperatures are reaching record highs all over the country and world, and that can be absolute torture for people without air-conditioning.

Not only is dehydration a risk, but overheating, and heat exhaustion can also cause both short and long-term health problems.

While there may not be anything we can do about Mother Nature, we can be extra vigilant of our choices, and make sure we are doing what we can to mitigate the heat in our own lives.

If you’re really feeling the heat right now, here are a few options to ease your suffering.

Block the sun- If you are going outdoors, this means wearing sunscreen. If you are indoors, close the windows, and curtains. If you have plenty of windows without curtains, tack some sheets up. It may not look the best, but it’ll help keep out the damaging heat.

READ MORE: Five Foods to Eat to Treat Dehydration

Cold Compresses- If you live in a space without air conditioning, putting some ice and water into a bowl, and using a damp cloth on the back of your neck or your forehead might be your best bet.

Drink Water- Dehydration is always a threat, so not only should you be drinking lots of water at home, but you should also take a reusable water bottle everywhere you go.

Relocate- If the heat becomes too unbearable, consider going to a movie theatre, library, restaurant, or coffee shop.  In these extreme conditions, there is no shame in posting up somewhere with air conditioning.

Dress Appropriately- Wear loose-fitting clothing, or things made of synthetic fibers that wick away sweat. We are all going through this heat together, so nobody will fault you for wearing less clothing, just make sure to cover your skin with sunscreen.

Published by karenmsutton

HSS Orthopaedic surgeon in sports medicine | Mother of 4 amazing children | Team physician for USA Women's Lacrosse | ACL injury expert

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