Five Effective Hacks To Beat Heat Waves

We all love bright sunny days, but even the most fervent worshiper of the sun will concur that an unexpected, blistering heat wave can make everyone miserable.

Unbearable heat waves are sweeping across the globe. Just as other natural disasters, heat waves can also be fatal – they can cause vomiting, dizziness, headache, sunburn, dehydration, and may even lead to heat stroke. If you are stuck in the traffic for hours and facing a meltdown from heat exhaustion, check out some effective hacks that can help you stay cool.

Try a cooling compress.

A cold compress is an extremely effective method of instantly lowering the body temperature and can keep you cool. Damp a tea towel or a flannel, freeze it for a while and dab it on your forehead and neck to keep your body cool during the day. For very warm nights, you may keep a cold compress by your bed – in case you catch yourself sweating profusely and require a chill fix.

Chill your sheets and pillow

If you own a big freezer, pull out your sheets and pillowcases and put them in the freezer to chill during the daytime. This hack will help you sleep and rest comfortably on a sultry night. Always pick thin cotton sheets over the duvet for your bed because the former will not retain heat. If you don’t have a big freezer, simply storing your pillow cases to keep them chill can be enough.

Drink refreshing juices

Regardless of where you are, water and healthy fruit juices are an excellent way of beating the heat waves. Freshly squeezed juices from fruits are always a healthier choice than the store-bought boxed fruit juices that are usually full of preservatives. Coolers like lemon squash and watermelon juice are surprisingly hydrating and good for the body during scorching summer days. Fruit juices can boost your energy, and hot beverages like coffee and tea are a big no-no during such days.

Use sunscreen

Sunburn reduces one’s body capacity to remain and can cause dehydration. If you are going outside, put on a pair of sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat to protect yourself from the sweltering heat, and put on sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher at least half an hour before stepping out.

Keep your toes cool

One of the most quick-cooling spots in our body is our feet, and if you keep your toes chilled, it can lower the overall body temperature, keeping you cool. Use a damp tea towel and wrap it around your feet to seek temporary relief, or dip your feet in cold water to soothe your body. If you are feeling too sick, put your socks for about 15 minutes in the freezer and relieve yourself instantly.

Keep yourself cool and hydrated with these simple hacks and beat the heat waves. Take care!


Satavisha hails from the city of joy, Kolkata. She took up writing as my profession amid the pandemic when the world was at a standstill. Here, she acquired a balance between her passion for writing and sharing various ideas and facts through her stories.
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