Next week is the start of summer, and many of us have already experienced some extremely warm days. Here are a few ways to stay cool when you are working hard.
Fan – If you are working indoors (or outdoors near a building) investing in an industrial sized fan can be a big help. Working in a stationary spot is ideal for having a fan, but even if you are moving, you can take a break and stand in front of the fan for a bit to cool off.
Clothes – We regulate body heat through sweating, so the more skin that is open for sweat to evaporate off of a person the better. Shorts and a tank top or t-shirt are probably the best option. Loose fitting, breathable clothing will help keep you cool. Lighter color clothes will help to reflect sunlight.
Hats – An extension of clothing, having a hat is a great accessory for a warm day. A wide-brimmed hat can keep the sun directly off of your head and face, and even shoulders. The lighter the color, the better is will be at keeping you cool.
Cool Neck/Wrists – Did you know that the back of the neck is where your body’s main temperature sensor is? Placing a cool, damp rag on the back of your neck will help you to feel cooler. If you have long hair, put it up. Running your wrists under cold water for a few seconds is also a good way to cool down quickly.
Water – Staying hydrated is perhaps the most important thing one can do on a hot day. Keep a water bottle near you at all time for a quick sip. If you are sweating a lot, throw in a sports drink to replace electrolytes in your system. Avoid caffeinated drinks, which can dehydrate.
Breaks – You might have a big “to-do” list, but it is important to recognize when your body needs a break to cool off. Better to spend 5 minutes sitting down to feel refreshed instead of trudging through chores feeling sluggish. Hopefully you have a nice shady spot to take a rest.
Stay cool out there friends!
Hyman, Frank. “5 Ways to Keep Cool While Doing Farm Work.” Hobby Farms
McLeod, Jaime. “Natural Ways to Keep Cool This Summer.” Farmers’ Almanac