Coping in This Heatwave | 6 Things You Can Do
It feels like we’ve had this heatwave forever at this point and whilst I’m certainly not complaining. I’m actually enjoying the heat for once in my life, despite being incredibly pale and someone who has never tanned in their life. However, even though I’m not complaining as such I’m still finding coping with this heatwave somewhat of a challenge.
Whether it’s finding the right clothes to wear to stop you feeling like you’re melting or figuring out a way to sleep that doesn’t involve a noisy fan being on all night. I love not having to wear a coat but being uncomfortable and sticky, not so much and it doesn’t seem like this heatwave is stopping anytime soon. Therefore I put to you the following ways that I have found help me cope with the heat, in the hopes that they will help you too.
- Take a cold shower before bed | This may sound like an obvious one to most people but I know there are also going to be those that don’t do this. Honestly, you are missing out. A nice, cool, refreshing shower before bed does wonders. I feel so much better when I’ve had one and I’m nowhere near as warm. I’m actually writing this blog post after just having a cold shower as it’s been particularly hot today (31 degrees in Cardiff!) and I don’t feel too hot at all. When just half an hour ago I was so hot that I felt like I wouldn’t be able to turn my laptop on yet alone sit up and write a blog post in bed. I also like to run my wrists and hands under cold water if I’m feeling hot and then press my hands on my cheeks to cool my face down. Again, an absolute gem of a tip there.
- Fill a spray bottle with water | I feel like this is something that hardly anyone else does, whenever I’ve told people about it they aren’t quite sure how much it will work but it really does. Take a clean, empty spray bottle. If you don’t have one you can buy them at Poundland, Wilko etc. Fill it up with cold water, the colder the better and then take it up to bed with you. I find it works best with a fan but also perfectly fine on its own. Lie in front of the draught from the fan and whenever you feel yourself getting hot spray the water on you. It cools you down so quickly. Especially if you spray your stomach. I’ve been doing this for years, it’s a tried and true hot weather tip and is definitely one you need to try if you haven’t already. You could also do this just sitting in front of a fan, but I save this one for hot nights when I need to cool down before bed and a cold shower hasn’t cut it (a rarity but can still happen).
- Take your socks off | If you’re sitting in the house complaining that you feel too hot and you’re wearing socks. Take them off. Take them off immediately. It’s surprising how much heat those little foot covers hold in but trust me they do. Sock free and cool is the way to be when it comes to a heatwave.
- Drink icy drinks | An obvious one but worth mentioning. Pop a few ice cubes in your drink if you’re feeling the heat or my favourite one; freeze your drink (a bottle works best) and then take it out of the freezer just before it’s completely frozen and leave for around 15 minutes. You’ll be left with an icy slush that will stay chilled and partially frozen for ages, giving you an icy few sips every 15/25 minutes as it melts.
- Swap your duvet for a flat sheet | Will and I recently turfed out our regular duvet and swapped it for a flat sheet and I cannot rave about it enough. It makes such a difference. If you don’t like sleeping without a blanket on you but equally don’t want to cook yourself to death, get a flat sheet. We got ours from Shaws for around £8 for a King size one and it’s super soft and washes really well.
- Wear loose clothing | Again I feel like this one is very simple and well-known but I couldn’t not include it. On super hot days, particularly if like me you really feel the heat. Wear loose-fitting clothing. Tight clothes like skinny jeans etc are only going to trap the heat in and make you hotter. Personally, I’ve been loving non-fitted midi dresses and culottes and a tee.
How have you been finding this heatwave so far? I’d love to know your tips for keeping cool!
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