There's only one problem with summer – the heat (especially our Texas heat!). Depending on where you live, the heat can make it hard to enjoy at least three months of the year. The good news is there are ways to beat the heat. Whether you use sunshades in your car or choose indoor activities, you can beat the summer heat.
1. Use Sunshades in Your Car
Do you hate getting in the car and burning your hands on the steering wheel? One way to prevent this is to use sunshades. Sunshades help keep it cooler in your car. You can buy these in almost any dollar store or discount department store. You can also find a variety of styles to suit your personality.
2. Hang Thermal Curtains
Thermal curtains are something you should use all year long. Not only do they keep the cold out in the winter, but they keep the heat out in the summer. You can find thermal curtains in a variety of styles for every room in your home. You can also find panels for less than $10 each. Best of all, this is an easy way to cut your energy costs.
3. Choose Indoor Activities
Some days it's going to be too hot to venture outdoors for long. The good news is there are so many fun things you can do indoors. You can have a movie marathon, do crafts, play games, catch up on your reading, make homemade ice cream, or even go to the library.
4. Hit the Water
If you like being outdoors, being in the water can help keep you cool. You can go to the public pool, the lake, or the beach – depending on where you live. If those options are out, let the kids run through the sprinklers while you soak your feet in a tub of cool water scented with essential oils.
We spend at least part of almost every weekday at our neighborhood pool. It helps keep us cool, and it helps my boys get out some of their energy!
5. Opt for No-Cook Meals
Cooking can greatly increase the heat inside your home. One way to keep things nice and cool is to fix meals that don't require cooking. Sandwiches and salads are great options. You can also pick up take-out meals. If you want to cook at home, use your slow cooker (including these 34 Crock Pot recipes for when it's too hot to cook). You can make delicious meals that won't heat up the house at all.
6. Stay Hydrated
Last, but not least, stay hydrated. The heat can seem a thousand times worse if you allow yourself to become dehydrated. Drink water throughout the day and avoid drinks that contain caffeine. Caffeine can actually cause you to become dehydrated. You can also up your fruit and vegetable intake to stay hydrated. For example, snack on watermelon, which is over 90% water. Or, you can make your own popsicles out of fruit juice.
You don't have to suffer this summer. There are ways to stay cool. Whether you hit the water or stay hydrated, you can beat the summer heat.