Geriatrician, Hospitalist, Patient Advocate, Healthcare Educator

Tips to Stay Cool in the Heat

Photo by Jared Rice

The heatwave continues in some parts of the country and even the globe. Here are some tips to stay cool in the heat:

  • Plan errands and outdoor work/activities in the morning or evening when sun goes down if possible. Try to avoid sun exposure between 11 AM and 2 PM when the sun is the hottest.
  • Place ice cubes in your water bottle if outside
  • Block out windows with curtains or darker sheet during the daytime to keep heat out
  • Spray yourself with water with mist of cool or room temperature water
  • Limit use of stove and oven as it will make your house get hotter
  • Stay hydrated
  • Eat foods that have water content such as fruits. If you have salty foods, drink enough water
  • Eat spicy food-if will make you sweat and therefore cool you down
  • Take cool showers to cool down
  • Dress in loose, light colored clothing, look for UV protection with ultraviolet protection factor(UPF) of at least 30. Look for cotton clothes as it absorbs sweat.
  • Use sunscreen
  • Protect your eyes with sunglasses when outdoors
  • Stay in air conditioned indoors as much as possible