I suppose there couldn’t be a worse time for power cuts in Sri Lanka, especially with everyone trying hard to ride out the heat wave we are currently facing. It’s bad enough you need to head to work (where for the fortunate ones mean they can chill in A/C comfort) in the heat using public transportation but when you head home you also face a power cut that leaves you fuming in the dark. So we at Salt decided to share a few tricks to help you stay super chill.
1. A SPRITZ A DAY KEEPS THE HEAT AWAY!
If it’s good enough for the elephants then it’s good enough for us! What I mean by that is that elephants usually spray their ears with water using their trunks to cool down. We, on the other hand can carry a bottle filled with cold water (for the lack of a trunk) to spray ourselves every time the heat gets the best of us. Spray your wrists first as it helps to cool down the blood flowing through your veins, the evaporating water will really help cool you down.
2. KEEP THE STYLE HOT BUT THE FABRIC COOL
Staying cool shouldn’t have to affect your sense of style but some materials can keep you cooler than other. The number one contender to beat the heat is cotton as it is soft, lightweight, breathable, and soaks up sweat, allowing heat to escape the body and for you to stay cool. Linen is also light, classy, but is loosely woven, allowing heat to escape from the body and absorbs moisture but also dries fast. Rayon is a man-made fabric blended from cotton, wood pulp, and other natural or synthetic fibers and does not stick to your skin in the humid weather as it has very thin fibers, allowing your skin to breathe. Chambray is like imitation denim, so it has all of the sweat absorbent and breathable benefits of denim which, but is a lot lighter in weight and looks great too.
3. A LITTLE LESS FOOD, A LITTLE LESS HEAT
The foodies out there are not going to enjoy reading this, it’s sad but it’s true, quantity plays a role in keeping cool. The more you eat, the more heat your body creates due to the metabolic process that creates heat within. So try to consume smaller meals throughout the day and hey think about it! You can avoid the gym thanks to your “keeping cool diet plan”.
4. DITCH THE CAFFEINE AND ALCOHOL
I know, I know! With our fast paced and stressful life we do tend to need one of the two magical elixirs. But both caffeinated products and alcohol plays a huge part of heating your body from the inside out. You’re already sweating on the outside, do you really need to burn up on the inside too. So try avoiding it during the heat wave and stick to citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons and even coconut water and watermelon is great at keeping you hydrated.
5. REHYDRATE YOUR DEHYDRATION
Water, water and more water and maybe just a little bit more water! Water is vital to keep your body rehydrated. Dehydration can cause fatigue, headaches and nausea and can have more serious health consequences for the very young and elderly especially in this horrible weather. Drink at least six to eight glasses of water to make up for all the water you are losing from sweating it out.
These are just a few ways to help keep you feeling super chill but besides that make sure you are fully equipped when you head out in to the sun with a good slathering of sunblock, a pair of reflective shades, a cap and if the occasion allows it, a pair of flip flops and a cool bottle of water.