How to Stay Cool This Weekend…
It's August. It's Louisiana. And most of us don't have power, hence no air conditioning. In fact, where I live, they say we won't have our electricity back until Wednesday, September 2nd at 10 pm. Somehow we have to survive until then. Here are a few things you can do to beat the heat!
There's nothing more miserable than feeling like you're going to die because you're so hot! I'm pretty sure I've had heat exhaustion before and it's no joke and frankly, quite dangerous! Here are some ways to keep your cool!
1. Stay Hydrated - The CDC recommends drinking anywhere from 16 - 32 ounces of cool water every hour in the heat.
2. Find Some Shade - Whether you find a tree or bring along an umbrella or a pop-up tent, shade makes a huge difference. Of course, a cabana boy fanning you with a large palm leaf would be good, too!
3. Take a Dip - Is there anything more refreshing than taking a swim during the summer? Whether it's a pool, lake, or even running through the sprinkler, it'll cool you down fast. Just make sure to wear sunscreen!
4. Try to Avoid Peak Heat - If you can schedule any outdoor activities you have planned for the morning before the full heat of the day or when the sun is finally going down, do it!
5. Wet Towels - Keep damp towels in a cooler. When you get hot, apply these to your neck and wrists. You'll instantly feel much cooler. And if you can find it, try Florida Water. We used it during travel ball and it really works! A spray bottle filled with cool water is nice, too!
6. Choose Lightweight, Light-Colored, Loose Fitting Clothing - Trust me on this, darker colors get hotter faster and you certainly don't want to be caught wearing a wool blend in 90+ degree heat. Opt for breathable cotton fabrics that fit loosely and allow your body room to breathe and regulate its temperature.
7. Chill Your Lotions - You'll thank me for this one. There's nothing more soothing than smoothing on some nice cool sunscreen!
8. Wear a Hat - Don't wear just any hat though... I've found that a close-fitting baseball cap only makes me hotter. You want to find something with a wide enough brim that will protect your face, neck, and ears so you don't get a sunburn!
9. Pace Yourself - If you're working or playing outside in the heat and you're not used to it, make sure you limit your time outdoors.
10. Take a Drive - Even if you don't have A/C in your vehicle, roll your windows down, and enjoy the breeze!
11. Open Your Windows - I know, it won't work if you don't have screens to keep out the bugs, but try and create a cross breeze in your house or pick up some battery-operated personal fans.