Apparently, July is on track to be the hottest month ever recorded on earth.
With August around the corner, it is definitely time to think about strategies to keep from boiling over. Start with these six tips to cool off.
Divide your day
Other parts of the world have long embraced the afternoon siesta. While the UK might not be quite ready for that, it makes sense to be strategic about your routine. If you’re out and about, hit the shops early, or wait till evening, rather than bustling around in the heat of the day. If you’re working, timetable your day so you can work at a more relaxed pace during the hottest part.
Dress for success
Now is the time to break out the light, cool, natural fabrics and colours. Tightly woven cotton, linen, hemp and even silk are great options. Think loose tops, trousers and skirt.
Hydration is absolutely key to getting through a hot day. Be sure to increase your water consumption but also add some beverages with electrolytes, such as coconut water or diluted natural fruit juice with a pinch of salt. Beware excess caffeine and alcohol.
Lost your appetite to the temperature? Remember, it is important to get the nutrients your body needs. If you can’t face a big meal try a glass of chilled soup, whiz up a smoothie, or a meal-in-a-bowl salad. Eating veg and fruit helps you stay hydrated.
Decompress with yoga
Heat can be physically and mentally stressful so don’t skip yoga! If your practice is vigorous, perhaps choose a more meditative class that will calm your mind and body. Or, simply get in and do your regular class, gathering all its energising and uplifting benefits. Even doing some sun salutations or pranayama is a good way to restore your vitality.
Dive into your city
It might be tempting to hide at home with the air-con on (assuming you have it) but there are better ways to ride out a heatwave. There are loads of sociable, eco-friendly activities in our great city, so get out there! Grab your cossie and get to the lido for a cooling swim, visit the library, go to a gallery, or meet a friend for an iced coffee.
Read more: How to Sleep Through the Heat, Four Ways to Beat Heat Bloat