6 Tips To Stay Cool…

By Stacey Daniels, RN Manager, Shell Point Retirement Community

The dog days of summer have finally arrived with hot days, high humidity, mosquitoes, and thundershowers. Summer also brings Fourth of July celebrations, warmer water for swimming, perfect weather for shorts and t-shirts, and sweet watermelon. Here are a few ideas to keep your summer happy, healthy, and fun.

1. While it’s tempting to get outside and soak in the sunshine, it is best to stay in air conditioning between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., when the sun is the most intense.

2. Light, cotton clothing and a layer of sunscreen will protect you from the sun’s harmful UV rays and keep you from becoming overheated.

3. Be sure to drink lots of cool water to keep from dehydrating or becoming too hot.

4. Remember to wear sunglasses; the intense glare that bounces off shiny surfaces can actually cause momentary blindness if your eyes are not shielded.

5. Avoid wearing heavy perfumes, lotions, or powders, as these odors tend to make you more appetizing to mosquitoes!

6. And as always, if you are on any cardiac medications, be cautious when in the heat – even when swimming.