Here is a collection of my favorite Tips for staying cool in heat waves during summer in Seattle.
- Check on your elders and neighbors even if you think they are fine.
- Wet small towels and put them in freezer or fridge. Then apply them around your neck.
- Plunge your palms in cold/ice water. The palms have meridians and vascular pathways that will speed your cool down.
- Dump out your ice maker and restart a fresh batch now. Stale ice tastes funny.
- Use dixie cups to freeze water if you don’t have an ice maker, and apply them along your neck, shoulders and feet for a quick cool down.
- Limit oven and dryer usage or use early morning. Try out line drying laundry items for reducing heat exhaust and for energy conservation.
- Wear soft, loose fitting, breathable clothes.
- Keep blinds closed during the warm part of the day.
- Run multiple fans in your home if you can.
- Watermelon is used in Chinese medicine for heat/sunstroke. You can also freeze watermelon cubes for mini popsicle treats.
- Fill dixie cups or smaller cups with fruits and water or juices then freeze for a cooling treat.
- Store your aromatherapy sprays in fridge and mist your face and feet.
- Add extra water bowls for pets. They need more than you think and need fresh water changes through the day.
- Dip pet paws in water to cool them down.
- Hydrate often thru the day. Add a pinch of sea salt to your water for electrolytes unless your doctor has restricted your fluid or salt intake.
- Exercise earlier in the day to avoid overheating.
- Take a tip from dogs: Inhale/exhale while sticking out your tongue. This will help release heat from your body.
- Limit time on the road or plan to leave earlier in the day to minimize stress.
- Keep glass water bottles in car so heat doesn’t extract plastic toxins into your water
- Allow yourself to rest.
- Take a breath and have compassion for yourself and others. Heat waves can also ignite tempers.
Do you have tips for staying cool? I’d love to hear your ideas. 🙂