5 ways to instantly cool down on a hot summer day
It's summer, it's hot, we're sweating, and we can't seem to cool off. What to do?! As much as we would like to jump into a frigid lake, that's just not practical. Dunking our heads in a bucket of ice water? That's also not so realistic. Here are five easy and do-able ways to go from burning hot to instantly chill on a day when we just can't seem to stop boiling.
1. Refresh with a low-cal, iced beverage. Try your local coffee shop's iced coffee for a caffeinated burst of energy that will tingle your senses and get your tongue waggin' for more. And if that doesn't do it for you, love Starbucks or hate it, a 'light' iced Caramel Frappuccino provides a jump start to your day with a mixture of bitter coffee and just-the-right-amount-of-sweetness caramel (a tall is only 100 calories).
2. A hot day is the perfect excuse to finally visit that local museum you've been intending to try. Your ticket price gets you both a cultural experience and hours upon blissful hours of free deep-freeze air-conditioning. No museums nearby? Drug stores are also easy places to kill time and are usually profoundly over air-conditioned.
3. Enjoy a cold shower. Although it takes some getting used to, there is no denying the benefits of a frigid shower. It provides an increased amount of energy, improves circulation and enhances physical appearance (the cold water is good for your hair and skin, too).
4. Bring out your cutest and smallest sundresses for an instant cooling effect. Although these stellar frocks may not in fact be any cooler than those shorts and t-shirts you have in your closet, the dresses are certainly much cooler, if you know what I mean. What man can resist that lady who just walked by in that pretty little dress?
5. Grab a book or a magazine and read in the shade. Not only does this immediately cool you down, but it is also much healthier for you than basking in the sun. Skin cancer affects thousands every year-why risk it?