How do you handle a Maine heat wave? We’ve come up with a few ideas to keep you cool….while the heat goes up!  Here’s how you can beat the heat!


5. Drink More Water
You know how important it is to stay hydrated all year round. When you’re sweating a lot, either because of exercise or the summer heat, drinking enough water becomes even more important. As with other hydration myths, water isn’t your only option, but it’s free and easily accessible for most of us. Even if you have to learn to love the taste of it, you’ll be much more comfortable if you keep refilling your water glass.

4. Exercise Comfortably, Even in the Heat

Just because it’s hot out doesn’t mean you have to stop exercising. You can get used to exercising in the heat and use common sense strategies such as switching to water sports, avoiding the sun when it’s strongest, and exercising in short bursts.

3. Make a DIY Air Conditioner.

Running the AC the entire summer gets expensive. You can make your own pseudo-air conditioner on the cheap with some basic materials, such as the styrofoam-and-fan with vents and frozen bottles inside. $8 is a small price to pay. Do a google search for many prototypes

2. Stay Cool While You Sleep

Summer heat is worst when you’re trying to get some shuteye, because a higher body temperature makes it harder to fall asleep. If you feel like an insomniac in summer, sleep on top of a wet sheet (aka the “Egyptian method”).

 

1. Know Your Body’s Best Cooling Points

Finally, if you’re stuck in the heat and can’t find get to a cooler place, know your body’s best cooling points, e.g., your wrist and neck, any place where the arteries are, cool off the blood and it affects the entire body. By applying a ice cubes wrapped in a towel (or any other cold object) to these pulse points, you’ll cool down more quickly and effectively.