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If you are living in the UK, you are feeling the heat this week, and without A/C, it is difficult. So, finding resourceful ways to beat the heat and keep cool is a must. This is also the best time to check up on your friends and neighbours to ensure they are doing okay. Here are our ways of dealing with a heatwave (UK edition).
- Stay hydrated - Keeping yourself hydrated is a great way to regulate your body temperature. This means drinking even though you don’t feel thirsty. However, this also means avoiding excess amounts of caffeine and alcohol.
- Stay indoors and downstairs (when possible) - Keep in the shade or indoors whenever possible. As heat rises, staying downstairs will mean it is cooler inside, which will keep you colder.
- Closing windows and blinds during peak heat hours - Keeping your windows closed and blinds down from 11 am to 3 pm will help keep your room cool and more manageable.
- Exercise in the morning or evening - If you are going to exercise, keep it to the early hours of the morning or in the evening when the temperatures are lower.
- Wear sports clothes - These clothes are designed to keep the sweat off you meaning you can cool down quicker and stay cool for longer.
- Be Sun Smart - Wear your sun cream, keep to the shade and wear a hat. These things will protect you from the sun and keep you cool while you are out and about.
- Create your own A/C - Put a bowl of ice and water in front of your fan to create your own version of A/C.
- Cool down your pulse points - If you are feeling the heat, put some ice on your wrists and side of the neck.
- Use water - Soak your t-shirt or a tea towel in cold water and keep it on you. This will help cool you down.
- It might be cooler outside than indoors - Don’t sit in one spot for the whole day as it might be hotter in the room you are in currently. Get up and check by walking around your house and outside for a cooler spot.
- Plan your day accordingly - This might mean you have to start your day earlier or work somewhere where there is A/C. This also means you should keep checking the weather report to keep up-to-date with the weather and if it is getting hotter.