25 Refreshing Ways to Keep Cool This Summer

This summer has been a scorcher all over the world. As the mercury soars, it can be harder to feel comfortable and even to concentrate as our minds are off dreaming of days by the pool in Margaritaville with a nice breeze blowing in from the sea. Whether it be trying to fall asleep in the persistent, humid, and sticky weather or just cooling off during a blazing afternoon, we’ve gathered together some tips and tricks to keep you cool day and night – no air conditioner required.

In this list, we’ve covered the full spectrum of summer cooling activities, minus opening a fire hydrant with a wrench and playing in the outflow. You’ll see some food tips that will help you cool off from the inside out; some tips for your house that will keep things cooler inside; and some tips to help you keep cooler at bedtime. (Since our body temperature drops as we fall asleep, making yourself cooler before bedtime will help you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly.) If you’re looking for ways to be more comfortable and cool down during this blazing summer, check out these 25 Refreshing Ways to Keep Cool This Summer.

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Eat spicy food. Though it may seem like it would make you hotter (which it does), it also boosts circulation and causes you to sweat, lowering your body temperature.

chili pepperSource: Reader's Digest, Image: Pixabay

Use lightweight cotton sheets. They are more breathable than heavier fabrics like satin or polyester.

bed sheetsSource: Daily Mail, Image: Pixabay

The same goes for clothes - synthetic fibers trap heat, whereas cotton allows it to pass out while absorbing sweat, cooling you as it evaporates. To be even cooler, you can try sleeping in the buff.

cotton shirtsSource: Daily Mail, Image: Pixabay

To cool off a drink faster, either spin it around in some ice (you'll have to do this for a while, though, or by attaching it to the end of a drill) or soak a paper towel in water, wrap it around the bottle, and put both in the freezer.

drinks-supermarket-cans-beverageSource: Daily Mail, Image: Pexels

A cold shower may help you feel immediately cooler, but your body will compensate for the cold by creating more heat. Instead, shower with water just below your body temperature to cool you off and keep you from heating back up.

Wim_Hof ice bathSource: Daily Mail, Image: Wikipedia

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