When it's hot out, how do you keep your cool? Do you turn on the air-conditioner without giving it a thought? Oh, I know it's like a necessity, almost. I mean, air-conditioning is everywhere-- stores, office buildings, restaurants, movie theatres. How can we live without it?
I'm not suggesting going a/c free, but maybe we can cut down on our own usage, good for the environment, and save some money, too.
Here are a few ways to keep cooler this summer---
Open windows at night to take advantage of those cooling lake breezes.
You know, the breeze from a ceiling fan will make you feel cooler. Think Casablanca, other movies with tropical settings. Didn't they all have ceiling fans going around? (They also had mosquito netting, which may come in handy, too.)
A stand-alone fan can be quite effective. The moving air evaporates moisture (sweat) from your skin and can really cool you down. Let it dry you off after a shower--refreshing!
Make that a cold shower, too. Now, that's chill!
Eat cold foods. Think salads, and fresh fruit. Watermelon is what I'm talking about. Don't forget tomatoes. And why do you think they say "cool as a cucumber?" And how about some frozen treats--ice cream, popsicles, and Italian ices.
Speaking of ice, now that hockey season's over for the moment, ice takes on a different meaning. Use it in tall glasses and cold drinks. Ice on wrists and other pulse points can cool your whole body.
So, what to wear? No, not as little as possible! Choose lightweight fabrics, linen, cotton--natural fibers. Seersucker is a puckered weave that holds the fabric away from your body. You don't want skin tight, either. Light, looser-fitting, breezy clothes are cooler, and look cooler, too.
Colors can also convey a cool mood. Shades of blue from indigo to pale sky blue are always refreshing. Deeper blue-greens like turquoise can give a tropical feel, while aqua is fresh, clean, light.
You get the idea. Don't sweat the heat. Think cool, keep cool.....
But seriously, in the event of extreme heat, turn on the air-conditioning. Watch out for your pets, too!
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