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July 9, 2020

Five Ways to Beat the Heat

Summer is just about everyone’s favorite season; sun tanning on the beach, the Fourth of July and vacationing somewhere far from the mundanity of everyday life are all associated with a good summer. As we've reached the hot days of summer, everyone is scrambling to find energy efficient ways to stay cool on the hot days ahead, and here’s how!

1. Drink more water

This one may seem obvious, but the average person needs somewhere between 12 and 15 cups of water a day just to stay hydrated. Often times people don’t even drink that much, but in the hotter temperatures of the summer months, the human body needs even more water to keep itself cool. So, if you find yourself feeling warm on a hot day, try having a glass or two of water.

2. Make your dinners cool and avoid using the oven

During the summertime, consuming foods that are cooling to your internal systems. Go for sweet and ripe summer fruits (like strawberries and watermelon) and fresh veggies (like zucchini, tomatoes, and bell peppers), rather than salty or spicy foods. Avoiding using the oven can prevent your home from getting too hot and also help cut down the cost of keeping your home cool in the summer.

3. Swim!

Whether it’s a backyard blow up pool, a community pool, or a hotel pool, swimming in the summer is a classic pastime that gets you out of the house, provides a great opportunity for exercise and keeps you nice and cool. If you don’t have access to a pool, you can always get in your swimsuit, let the dogs outside, and spray the hose around the backyard. Not only is swimming a great way to cool down, but it is a nice activity that the whole family can take part in.

4. Take more showers

A very quick way to cool down on a hot day is by taking a nice, cold shower. A cold shower can boost your metabolism, improve your circulation, and provide a much needed reprieve from the heat on a summer day.

5. Put your sheets in the freezer before bed

No, you didn’t misread the subheading above. Have you ever woken up in the middle of a summer night covered in sweat? Putting your dry sheets in the freezer for 20 to 30 minutes before bed can help keep you from overheating at night. Freezing your sheets and having a small fan next to your bed are the perfect coupling for a cool night of sleep.

God gave us the ability to adapt to our environment, the hot and the cold, as well as challenges like COVID-19. For a higher education that takes God's perspective into account in a community that integrates biblical wisdom into all academics, activities and athletics, explore Geneva College. Contact Admissions for more information - admissions@geneva.edu | 800-847-8255.

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