Summer is right around the corner. The kids are coming home, and they’re not going back to school for a while. Add to that the blistering summer heat, and it’s a recipe for disaster. How will you manage? You need to stay calm, cool and collected. Here’s how…
Go To The Pool
If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen and jump in the pool. Seriously, a pool is a great way to cool off, even when the pool water is warmer than usual. Water makes you feel cooler than air and, when you get out, you’ll still feel cooler than if you had not gone swimming. Plus, the water will force you to keep moving around, so you’ll get exercise too. Excellent, right?
There are plenty of places where you can buy affordable above ground pools nowadays. Look in stores like Wal Mart or look for pools on Amazon.com
If you don’t own a pool, take a trip to a day spa, a friend’s house who has a pool, or a trip to the lake or even the ocean.
Air conditioning can be expensive, but it’s sometimes worth it to escape the heat. Crank it up high at night, fall asleep (you’ll be surprised by how much better you sleep in the cold), and then keep it on in the early morning, Then, turn it off and you’ll find that you stay cooler throughout the day.
If you need an emergency cooling, go to a public air conditioned building, like a shopping mall, and get some ice cream or just sit in the lobby or mill around inside window shopping.
If you don’t want to go to the mall, or you can’t afford to take a lot of trips, then consider installing your own A/C unit. Unless you’re putting in a window unit, hire a professional when installing a cooling system. These things can foul up your home for weeks on end if you don’t install them properly.
Relaxing In The Shade
Relax in the shade outside. As long as it’s not too hot, this is an option. make some lemonade, tea, or just sip on ice water and let the breeze cool you off. You can also periodically spritz yourself with a water bottle and then let the air take it away from you. You’ll start to feel cooler in about 5 minutes.
Sitting outside can also give you some alone time to be introspective and take in the sights, sounds, and smells of nature. That’s something a lot of folks are missing these days.
Make a To-Do List
It doesn’t sound like much fun, but making a to-do list can help chill you out in more ways than one. Most people feel less stressed when they’re organized. That’s what “to-do” lists do. They help you relax by organizing your life.
That reduction in stress might translate into a physical cooling of the body as you’re no longer anxious or nervous about what to do now that the kids are home for the summer.
And, that’s probably one of the biggest stressors in your life right now – the kids. You want to enjoy them. So do it. And, let to-do lists help you get to a place of peace.
GUEST BLOGGER: Jai Lowrie spends her days braiding hair and picking up after pretend tea parties. When not telling stories in a makeshift fort made of blankets and cushions, she enjoys blogging about tips and tricks to daily living in today’s world.