Hello friends! How are you all? It’s mid-July and currently, I’m half dead due to the sweltering heat. What actually concerns me the most is that I’m going to visit my family halfway across the world where it’s 35°C every day, and I’m complaining at 26°C literally.
Today, I’m sharing 14 summer hacks you need to survive, well, summer. If it’s not summer for you, then kudos you’re not dying in the hot weather *pats head*. These are just some of the tips I’ve learned over the years experiencing 30+ °C every year during the summer, so I hope that one or two will help you too!
I know that this is one of my shorter posts, but as the saying goes, #QualityOverQuantity, right?
Let’s dive right in
to a pool, shall we? *hup*
1. Tie your hair up in a bun
I know this is a simpleton common sense to tie your hair up if you’re hot, but do you ever feel that the ends of your ponytail against your neck annoying? *shoots her hand up* So, if your hair is long enough, tie it up in a bun! A low bun, high bun… any type of bun works as long as it gets out of the way from your neck. Or consider the next option…
2. Cut your hair!!
Yup, your girl chopped off her hair and now it’s shoulder length once again. But make sure your hair is still tie-able!! I was really hesitant about cutting my hair, but it turned out okay! Also, it takes less than 5 minutes to blow dry your hair – um, win-win?
3. Wear a light coloured hat
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but if you have dark coloured hair like me, when you stay out in the sun for awhile, the top of your head is scorching? Sometimes, to be honest, I swear that the top of my head is hot enough to fry a sunny side up egg. Or enough to even fry a seasoned fish filet.
Anyways, nothing can go wrong with a hat – but!! Make sure it’s light coloured! If you need an explanation as to why, refer to the egg story above.
4. Put your bottled drinks in a tub of ice water
A few years ago in summer while we were visiting family (yup, the 35°C daily place), there was a huge village thing gather up with my paternal grandparents, and yes, it was OUTDOORS. Because I guess the farmers and their children live there all year, they’re more used to the hot weather, but for moi… an outdoors lunch under sweltering heat and walking around an unfamiliar village? Nope. Though what I DO remember, was that there was a huge orange tub filled with ice water (and lots of ice cubes), with pop drink cans and bottled water.
Not only does it cool your drinks, you can also use it to cool yourself down, like an ice pack. And don’t forget to splash some of that water onto your face and arms.
You can doubt the other ones
actually please don’t, but trust me on this one. Somehow I managed to not get dehydrated or tripped on a rock and fell into the farmland.
5. Open. Thy. WINDOWS.
The breeze, dudes, the breeze. Sometimes it really can cool you off! But do remember to leave the screen on, so the mosquitos don’t come it and kill everyone.
6. Make a summer bucket list
Write down all the things you want to achieve/complete this summer, and set goals! Don’t lie around your house all day: go outside and do something! It may be paddleboarding (it’s actually really fun), hiking, drinking a lemonade with your girlfriends… a great motto to starting every summer is making sure it won’t be one to forget.
7. Put a bowl of ice water in front of your fan
I read this children’s magazine many years ago when I was a lil potato, they suggested this on their summer issue. And gosh sometimes kids’ magazines DO have valuable information, because it works!! When the fan blows the ice water along with wind, it makes it much cooler.
8. Throw that “perfect summer body” concept out the window
I know that this has nothing to do with staying cool in the summer, but this is just as important, or even more. Guys, let me just be perfectly out straight with you: there is NO such thing as a perfect summer body. You don’t need to tone down, get a tan, constantly shaving your legs… or anything to rock that cute outfit/swimsuit of yours. What’s the point?
Do you want to know how to look amazing? Rock that body of yours. Everyone’s a unique potato (yes I’m bringing up my fav veggie) – no body is the same, and each is beautiful and unique. And all that bullsh*t about “skinny is pretty”? Throw that out the window too.
Being healthy is what’s important. Your body belongs to YOU – don’t let others influence you. I know it’s easier said than done, but it’s true.
So this summer: let’s celebrate our own bodies, shall we? *holds your hand*
what are your summer plans? what are your ways to cool down? have you tried any of these listed above before? thoughts on the “summer body” concept? comment away!