Summer is upon us, Central Florida! Temps have been soaring into the 90s every day, the humidity is back in full force, and summer afternoon thunderstorms are due to start any day now. It’s important that you know how to beat the heat, and Toyota of Orlando is here with easy tips that don’t take a lot of effort and also don’t cost a lot of money. Check it out!
Tip #1: Drink up. But stay away from caffeine and alcohol, as they dehydrate you. Stick to water and keep it chilled; stock your fridge up, or use a wet paper towel wrapped around a water bottle in the freezer to quickly cool drinks. Remember to drink more if you exercise or sweat a lot. If water doesn’t thrill you, throw some frozen chunks of fruit in instead of ice cubes for added flavor.
Tip #2: Think before you dress. Loose-fitting clothes are more breathable so you won’t be as hot, and light-colored clothing reflects sunlight instead of absorbing it (which can raise your body temperature). And cotton is the best fabric – it’s breathable and also absorbs moisture.
Tip #3: Chill your sheets. Having trouble sleeping because it’s so warm? Chill your sheets by sticking them – folded up – in the freezer for 15-20 minutes before you go to bed! You can also fill a hot water bottle with cold water and put it by your feet to help keep cool.
Tip #4: Use facial mist. A cool facial mist – chilled in the fridge, of course – can really help you take things down a notch. Make your own by infusing water with cucumber, lavender, mint, or any other fragrance you think will relax you.
Tip #5: Put ice to use. Sure, it’s great for chilling drinks, but it comes in handy other ways too. Stick a large jug of ice or some frozen water bottles in front of a fan for a cooler breeze, and run ice cubes along your pulse points to drop your body temperature.
Tip #6: Keep your lotions cool. Storing your lotions and aloe vera in the fridge will be refreshing when you put them on; cool aloe vera will quickly ease a bad sunburn, too!
Tip #7: Keep the curtains closed. It may be a beautiful sunny day outside, but letting lots of sunlight in will heat things up inside your house. Keep things cool by keeping the curtains closed, at least during the brightest times of the day.
Tip #8: Don’t cook. Seriously, use the heat as an excuse not to cook. Running appliances will heat up the inside of your house, and eating things like salads, fruit, and frozen treats will keep you cooler anyway!
Stay cool, and have a great summer!