I think we've been in summer long enough now that we find ourselves needing a few ways to beat the heat (at least I know I do). Or maybe I'm the only one overheating as of late, but then again, if you know me, you know that the ac in my car doesn't work, and that only one window goes down, and the heat comes out even if the vents are turned off (I also had to walk 10 miles, uphill both way, during blizzards when it was 120 degrees...kidding ...but everything about the car is true...insert tiny violin playing here).
All my complaining aside, here are few suggestions for ways I plan on using to stay cool through the rest of the summer:
- Hydrate: a bottle of water is one of the best things to keep with you for not only re-hydrating purposes on hot days, but when you're desperate, a splash on your neck, arms, or face can do wonders. Or if you're like me, just dump it in your head so your wet hair sits on your neck and shoulders and keeps you cool over time...a little soggy, and you may look like a swamp creature, but hey, if it keeps ya cool...
- Fans: Ever notice how a breeze can take the edge off an otherwise blistering day? Same premise. Sometimes a little air flow can do wonders. They even make fans that spray water- I've yet to try one, but I hear they're great. I usually just go for the "stick head under faucet", walk into the hallway and sit in front of the fan making obnoxious noises into it at close range (I never grew out of enjoying the sound of my voice being distorted...though I'm sure my neighbors are all set with hearing it).
- Wet T-shirt/cloth: all right bare with me here (...pun sort of intended...). I'm not saying wear a white shirt with nothing under it, or the worlds tightest t-shirt, but again, if they are desperate times, wet fabric can work wonders in scorching temperatures. And as previously mentioned, any sort of breeze will feel a million times cooler after. Even wetting a towel to place on the back of your neck will help if you're not looking for a "spring break" style.
- "Non-stick" clothing: So speaking of tight shirts, if it's hot out, wear the OPPOSITE of tight clothing. Loose fabric not only lets air move around, but you aren't going to be peeling your clothes off in the same fashion as a snake shedding it's skin by the end of the night (cause we all know how attractive that feels). ...not to mention, tight clothes = chafing. 'Nough said.
- Ice: Always a good option if you're fine, but you want to help a friend cool down-I mean, who wouldn't be incredibly grateful for your concern about their overheating after you drop a ice cubes down the back of their shirt?
- Water balloons: Because balloons filled with water. Again, this works best when you want to help a friend cool down (though if you wanted to play a solo game of catch...).
- Sprinklers: I'm slowly realizing that this list is becoming all of my favorite summer activities from my childhood...but this doesn't change the fact that running in and out of sprinklers or setting up a slip N slide-though most likely deadly to a modeling career if we want to be honest here- is still the most fun you can have with a tarp and easily accessible water in my book.
- ...Or you could always move...I hear Barrow, Alaska is nice this time of year...
Whatever you find works for you, stay cool everyone!