The “Dog Days” of Summer are Coming
I always thought the phrase was coined because even dogs didn’t move in the heat. But the term “dog days” actually refers to a point in the Summer from about July 3rd to August 11th. It was the period 20 days before to 20 days after the conjunction of the sun and Sirus “the dog star.” Of course, with Summer comes heat (at least in most places). If there is a power outage, your air-conditioning won’t work. Or, maybe you just are tired of hearing that incessant hum of the fan. Here are some other ways to beat the heat if it’s just too darn hot!
Head to the mountains or another green spot.
The old-timers knew that when the mercury rose, it was time for them to go to the mountains where the temperature was bound to be a least a few degrees, cooler. If you can’t get away, visit your local botanic garden, park, or another place where there are some trees and relief from the street. Be sure to take sunscreen and lots of water.
If you are sweating, drink more water than you usually would.
Your body needs it to cool off and stay hydrated. Ice and frozen beverages are ok but avoid alcohol and caffeine.
This isn’t practical for everyone. However, my grandparents told me how they didn’t have air conditioning (or even fans) so the entire family slept in the yard. Assuming you have a safe, quiet place to stow yourself for the night, take a tent, and try it!
Getting wet is a good bet.
If you can, wear a cold, damp towel on your head or neck. Soak your clothes. Better still, find a body of water from the backyard pool to the ocean, and cool off that way.
Get Some Mint:
Mint has a natural cooling and anti-inflammatory effect, it works to cool your skin when you get out of the shower. You can also drink chilled mint tea. And it smells good, too!
Keep your pillowcases in the refrigerator:
It may sound a bit radical, but at least your head will be cool when you’re ready to sleep.
Move the air around (or move around the air):
If you are lucky enough to have a convertible, take a ride and let the breeze, cool you (but wear a hat and sunscreen plus sunglasses). Or, open all the windows and take a drive. For a low-tech way to move the air, use a paper or wood fan or buy a little battery-operated fan when the humidity and heat get to you.
Wear natural fabrics.
Synthetics may not wrinkle, but they don’t breathe, either. Linen, cotton, and other natural fabrics help keep you cool and wick the sweat away from your skin.
Thigh chafing can really cause issues, but Bandelettes has a number of stylish ways to combat this and they really work. The two lacy feminine styles are available in sizes from A (21″-22″) to F (31″-32″ as are the plain black Unisex Inner Thigh Guards made with nonslip silicone. I’m showing you the “Dolche” (it’s available in 5 colors for $18). For more information read our review, and visit https://www.bandelettes.com/
Don’t forget that pets get hot too.
Never leave anyone or your pet in a hot car. Make sure your pet has plenty of water if you’re going for a walk (or a hike). For more Summer pet safety ideas check out our story about how to Enjoy a Safe and fun Summer with Your Pet.
*there are plenty of other ways to beat the heat. Please share yours, here!