Hot weather in Singapore is normal and with the AC in almost every building it is easy to cool down. But if you live in the northern hemisphere, keeping yourself refreshed isn't always that easy. When the temperature raises above 30 degrees Celsius, tiredness and lack of energy can distract you from enjoying summer to the fullest. Therefore I put together a few tips on how to stay cool during hot summers - without AC!
1. Drink plenty of water
There is nothing new to this point, but it's always worth mentioning. With high temperatures our body sweats more so we need to provide even more water. Only 1% loss of your body weight in water already reduces your concentration and thus affects your performance. Always have two bottles with you - one at your desk and one in your bag. If normal water is too boring for you, infuse it with some berries, lemons, oranges or mint leaves.
2. Make your own cooling spray
One essential community calls this the AC in a bottle. The peppermint oil helps your body to cool down and you get a refreshing feeling on your skin:
- 1 empty spray bottle
- 2 Tbsp Water
- 2 Tbsp witch hazel
- 4 drops peppermint essential oil
- 4 drops lavender essential oil
First mix water and witch hazel in your spray bottle. Then add the oils and shake well. Now you are ready to use this on your body whenever you feel like getting a little breeze on your skin. CAUTION: Do not use on your face or near your eyes!
3. Eat light and fresh meals
There is a reason we fancy salad more in summer and cheese fondue more in winter. The hot temperatures call for fresh, cold dishes with plenty of water and minerals. Try to use fresh colors in your meal and add some water rich fruits to your salad.
How about some Greek salad with a fruity twist? Try this watermelon-feta combination inspired from Nigella.
- Cut onions, cucumber, watermelon and feta cheese in pieces and marinate with lime juice and balsamic vinegar. Let soak for 10 minutes
- Half black olives (and remove seed if not pitted already) and add to your salad
- Add olive oil, salt, pepper and herbs to your salad and serve with sourdough bread
- 1 small red onion
- 4 limes
- 1 cucumber
- 1.5 kg Watermelon
- 250g Feta cheese
- Parsley and Mint leaves
- 4 Tbsp Olive oil
- 2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
- 100g black olives
- Salt and Pepper
4. Go for a swim over lunch
If you are lucky and you're office is located next to a (clean) river or lake, take your swim gear with you and take a refreshing dip into the water over lunch. This will cool you down for the afternoon and wake up your mind.
Should you not have the luxury to work close to water, why not take a cold shower to keep your blood cooled down? Sometimes even putting your wrists cold water for a few minutes can do wonders.
5. Take Holidays
If you can't handle the heat with above mentioned tips, take some holidays and fly to a destination in the southern hemisphere or come to Singapore and have a chat with me in my air conditioned living room ;) (and yes I know, this is not the most climate friendly approach).
I wish you all a wonderful summer time, wherever you stay in the world. Embrace the hot weather, winter will come for sure (at least in the northern hemisphere). Leave me a comment if you have some more tips on how to stay cool during summer.