How to Cool Down Your Body in the Summer Heat

After a long grueling winter, it’s nice to see some sunshine and warm up a bit for the summer. You might enjoy going on bike rides or having BBQ’s with your friends and family. With all these fun summer activities to do, the heat might be getting to you, especially if you don’t have AC. You don’t want to miss out on summer fun because you’re overheating. Here’s your ultimate guide to staying cool during the summer, especially without AC. 

What is the fastest way to cool off? You can’t go wrong with a cool bath. Try a bath pillow for ultimate comfort and relaxation!

Why Your House is Hot in the Summer

Before we get to the tips, let's get into the science behind why your house gets hot in the summer. Your house might be getting hot because it is letting in heat in ways that you didn’t even realize. To keep your house cool and block the heat from getting in your space, you need to upgrade the thermal insulation of your house. Thermal insulation keeps your home warm during the winter, as well as blocks heat in the summer. Add insulation to slow the transfer of heat to keep your house cooler longer. 

women laying on couch cooling off from summer heat inside

7 Tips to Help You Cool Down Without AC This Summer

Tip #1: Stay Hydrated 

  • If you’re struggling to handle the heat in the summer, you should drink some water to cool down. This is the first step to cooling down. The temperature doesn’t matter since your body will heat it. If your body is suffering from the heat, then it needs to cool itself off. It can’t do that without enough moisture, since your body cools down through sweating. To start the cool down process, drink a tall glass of water. 

Tip #2: Take a Cold Bath 

  • Turn on some relaxing meditation music, light a candle, prepare your nice cold bath, then sit back and relax with a Bath Haven Bath Pillow. You’ll be supporting your head and neck while lowering your core temperature. To make your bath cooler, add peppermint soap as peppermint oil activates brain receptors that let your body know when something you’re eating or feeling is cold. In addition, this is a great self-care activity to relax after a long day of being on the go. 

Tip #3: Wear Lightweight and Light-Colored Clothing 

  • The amount of clothing that you wear doesn’t matter when it comes to heat. What matters is the type of fabric you wear. In the summer, wear lightweight, loose fitting, absorbent materials, like cotton, linen, or silk. Try to keep it to one layer and lighter colors because they don’t absorb as much heat as darker colors. 

Tip #4: Wear Sunscreen Outside 

  • Getting a sunburn is no fun in the summer. Not only do they hurt, but they dehydrate you and make it harder for your body to cool off. When you’re sunbathing, wear a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses while you’re outside in direct sunlight. With any other exposed skin to the sun, lather your skin with sunscreen. Put on SPF 30 or higher about 30 minutes before you go outside. Keep reapplying sunscreen throughout the day for skin protection. 

Tip #5: Cold Washrags on Pulse Points 

  • Take a washrag and put it into the freezer. Take the cold washrag and drape it around your neck or on your wrists. These are your pulse points, which are areas where blood vessels are close to the skin. With the help of pulse points, you’ll cool down your body quicker.   

Tip #6: Cooling Pillows 

  • During the summer, you might find yourself struggling with the night sweats causing you to wake up in the middle of the night. It’s time to get yourself a cooling pillow. They’ll help you be able to provide support and coolness to your head to help you stay asleep all night long. 

Tip #7: Close Doors of Unused Rooms 

  • If no one is in a room that doesn’t have vents and registers, close the door. This will keep the cool air confined to only occupied areas of your house.  

Cool, Calm and Collected

You should now have everything you need to cool down and relax after a long summer day. Cooling down is really all about taking your time and being mindful, which can be as simple as laying back on a bath pillow and enjoying a nice cold bath. Whatever you need to do to cool down, do it so you can rejuvenate in order to get back to your summer activities. 

Contributing Writer: Madeline Collins