The mercury is steadily rising with meteorologists saying that the summer of 2019 is going to be one of our hottest yet. During winter, we want nothing more than to bundle up under the covers in our cosiest pair of flannel Dandelion pyjamas. However, now that the temperatures have risen, staying cool is on our minds. If you’re trying to beat the heat this summer, check out these tips to stay cool!
Choose cooling foods
According to Ayurveda, there are certain foods that are known to heat you up, and others that cool the body down. During the summer, it’s important to pick foods that are right for your body and the climate, to avoid falling sick or feeling uncomfortable. Stay away from anything spicy or heavy like curries and salsas. Surprisingly, sour foods like yogurt and cheese are also known to heat up the body. Cooling foods include fruits like avocados, mangoes and pineapple while vegetables like cucumber, broccoli and leafy greens are good choices.
Cotton is king!
As luxurious as silk and satin might seem, summer is not the right time for these rich fabrics. When it is warm outside, you want to let your body and skin breathe which is why choosing pure, cotton fabrics for both your body and bed is going to help you cool off. This natural fibre promotes ventilation and also absorbs moisture from your skin, ensuring you get a good night’s sleep.
Work it out
You may not want to move much when it’s very hot outside but it’s actually recommended that you engage in light to moderate exercise during this time. The key is to make sure you are avoiding the times of peak sunshine. Choose to work out either early in the morning of after sunset, and pick activities that are refreshing like swimming, yoga and even going for an outdoor run. Just make sure to hydrate lots!
Have you noticed that anytime you get stressed or anxious, you feel like someone has cranked the thermostat up to 50 degrees? When our mind is very overactive, this causes our bodies to get excited as well which can make you sweat and heat up. This summer, why not try to start meditating to quiet your mind and finding your centre, while keeping cool? If meditation is not your thing, you can find other ways to relax such as listening to soothing music, reading a good book or taking a walk.