How to Stay Cool During the Heat of the Summer

How to Stay Cool During the Heat of the Summer

Moving from Central Florida to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, you might think I’d be used to the heat of the summer. But each locale is different, and there are adjustments to make. Texas doesn’t have the set-your-watch-to-the-hour afternoon rains that cooled down the later hours of the day like I experienced in Orlando. Though Orlando is further south and the sun is more intense, I find that the heat in Texas feels much hotter than I anticipated.

Even if you haven’t moved from one locality to another, it’s safe to say that each summer is different, and this one is quite hot for most of us. With that said, as the summer sun blazes down, keeping cool becomes a top priority. Whether you're experiencing a brief heatwave or enduring months of high temperatures, staying comfortable and safe is essential. Here are some tips to help you stay cool and enjoy the season.

Stay Hydrated

Hydration is key during the summer. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your body cool and functioning properly. Consider carrying a reusable water bottle with you wherever you go, so you always have a refreshing drink on hand. If you are not a fan of plain water, try adding some slices of lemon, lime, or cucumber, or some mint leaves for flavor. Electrolyte drinks can also be beneficial, especially if you're sweating a lot.

Wear Appropriate Clothing

Lightweight, loose-fitting clothing made from breathable fabrics like cotton and linen can make a significant difference in keeping you cool. Light-colored clothes reflect the sun's rays, helping to maintain a comfortable body temperature. Don’t forget about moisture-wicking fabrics that can help keep you dry by drawing sweat away from your body.

Take Things Slow

The summer heat can be exhausting, so it's important to pace yourself. Avoid strenuous activities during the hottest part of the day, typically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Instead, take it easy and give yourself time to rest and recuperate. And remember, there is nothing wrong with a little siesta in the afternoon.

Plan Outdoor Activities Wisely

If you enjoy spending time outdoors, aim to do so during the early morning or evening hours when temperatures are cooler. This way, you can still enjoy your favorite activities without the risk of overheating. Daylight is longer, so plan accordingly. Look for shaded areas or water-based activities to stay cooler.

Eat Light and Fresh

Incorporate plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet. These foods are not only nutritious but also have high water content, which can help keep you hydrated and cool. Think watermelon, cucumbers, berries, and leafy greens. Eating nutritious, seasonal foods helps your body to assimilate to the changes in temperature. Try to avoid heavy meals and opt for smaller, more frequent snacks.

Practice Slow Movement Exercises

Engaging in activities like meditation, tai chi, or other slow movement exercises can help you stay cool and calm. These practices are not only good for your mental health but also prevent you from overheating by avoiding intense physical exertion. Even a slow morning walk at the break of dawn can keep you fit without too much exertion. Consider indoor exercise routines if it’s too hot outside.

Skin Protection

If you do need to go out into the sun, remember to protect your skin. Wear sunscreen. Sunscreens have made great strides over the years and are not as heavy or greasy as they once were. Also, wearing sunglasses for eye protection and a hat for your scalp is essential to avoid the damaging rays of the sun. Don’t forget lip balm with SPF protection.

Stay Cool Indoors

Keep your living space cool by using fans, air conditioning, or evaporative coolers. Close curtains or blinds during the hottest part of the day to block out the sun's heat. You can also use light-colored or reflective window coverings to reduce heat gain.

Be Mindful of Your Climate

Depending on where you live, extreme heat can last for just a few days or extend for several months. Regardless of the duration, it's important to pay attention to temperatures above your normal average. Adjust your routines and habits accordingly to stay safe and comfortable.

By following these tips, you can beat the heat and enjoy all that summer has to offer. Stay cool, stay safe, and make the most of the sunny season!

Let us know your tricks and tips for dealing with the summer heat.

About the Author:

Theresa Touhey, the owner of Nature Reflections, is an artist, writer, and nature lover. As a grandmother and caregiver to a rescued Havanese dog, Theresa understands the importance of nurturing and protecting those we love. She has practiced various forms of meditation and yoga for over 30 years and is a professional astrologer at

Theresa's passion for creating meaningful and beautiful jewelry has led her to design exquisite pieces that evoke a sense of harmony, peace, and spiritual connection. Her unique designs and attention to detail make each piece a true work of art. With Nature Reflections, you can own a timeless piece of jewelry with deep meaning and significance.

Visit our website to learn more about Nature Reflections and browse our exquisite collection of handcrafted chime jewelry. We're sure you'll find something that speaks to your heart and helps you connect with your inner self.


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