9. Enjoy Cold-Water Baths or Showers
You can also take a cold-water bath or shower to reduce body heat whenever you feel very hot. Immerse your entire body in cold water for 10 to 15 minutes to regulate body temperature. You can also add a few drops of an essential oil of your choice to your bath.
Do not immediately jump in a cold-water bath or shower after coming in from outside. Rest for some time, sip cool water and then take a shower or bath. This prevents putting your body through a sudden, extreme temperature change.
If taking a bath or shower is not possible, spray cool water on yourself and sit in a cool place for 10 to 15 minutes.
10. Use Sunscreen Daily
Sunburn affects your body’s ability to cool itself, so protect yourself from getting sunburned by using a sunscreen. In addition, too much exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage your skin and cause other problems like sunspots and wrinkles.
Apply a good quality sunscreen on any exposed body parts before going outside. Use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or more, applying it generously all over exposed body parts like your hands, legs, neck, face and ears. Put the sunscreen on about 20 minutes before going out in the sun.
Even on cloudy, rainy and winter days, you must use a sunscreen.
- During the summertime, avoid drinking too much alcohol as it may affect your ability to judge temperature as well as lead to dehydration.
- Do not over-exert your body and avoid activities under direct sun exposure.
- Monitor the color of your urine to check for signs of dehydration. A dark yellow or amber colored urine points toward dehydration.
- Keep windows that face the sun closed during the day and open them at night when the temperature has dropped.
- Consider replacing metal blinds or dark curtains as they absorb heat.
- If you suspect heatstroke, rest in a cool place and drink plenty of fluids. If possible, splash cool water on yourself or take a cold shower or bath to cool down your body.
- If you notice someone having heatstroke, get immediate medical help without delay. While waiting for help to arrive, get the person out of the heat and into a cool area. Remove or loosen tight clothing and splash cool water on the person.
- If taking blood pressure and heart medications, consult your doctor about how to prevent heatstroke.
- If you have symptoms like high body temperature, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, seek immediate medical help.