Drape A Wet Towel Around Your Neck
Draping a cool, wet towel around your neck lowers the temperature of the blood going to and from the brain. This will also help to lower your core body temperature and cool down. The moistness of the towel and the weight against your skin will also help to loosen tension and relax tired muscles. A wet towel will absorb excess heat and will cool off on its own as it begins to dry out. Re-wet the towel as it begins to dry out using cool to warm water.
Keep A Fan Handy
Keep a fan handy so you can put it near where you are sitting or near your bed if you are ready to go to bed. You don’t have to place the fan so it blows directly on you. You just want to get the air circulating so that you can begin to cool down and relax. If you have a ceiling fan in the bedroom, make sure it is on before you lay down. The gently swirling of the air will soothe you to sleep and keep you cool in the process.
Take A Dip In The Pool
Take a dip in the pool before you get ready for bed. It will cool you off and relax you at the same time. Moving through the water gently massages the skin and cools down the tissues, allowing you to relax more fully. A few minutes in the pool is both relaxing and invigorating. It refreshes the body and the mind and helps to relieve any frustrations that have accumulated during the day.
Create An Outdoor Shower
Build an outdoor shower that allows you to wet yourself down while you are still outside. It can be attached to the side of the house or on the deck in a special area set up to wash off yard tools. You can use the shower while you are outside doing yard work or if its hot and you just want to cool off. Use rustic materials and include it in landscaped areas for a touch of decor. No one will guess it actually doubles as a shower on days when the heat becomes unbearable.
Wear Lightly Colored, Loose Fitting Clothing
If you want to stay cool and relax, wear lightly colored clothing. Dark colors tend to attract and hold heat. Light colors dissipate heat and will help to keep you cool and comfortable. Clothes that are tight or restrictive can be uncomfortable especially on days when the temps start to rise. Loose fitting clothing doesn’t restrict blood flow and allows the body to move freely, allowing tissues to remain relaxed and cool.
Wear Clothes Made of Cotton
On hot days, it is important to wear clothes made of fabric that breathes. While many polyester mixes are cool to the touch, cotton will always be the fabric to wear if you want to remain cool and comfy. Cotton “breathes” allowing air to flow freely through the fibers keeping the skin cool to the touch. It also absorbs moisture and keeps it away from the skin. Sleeping in pajamas made of cotton keeps the body cool and is soft to the touch.
Drink Plenty Of Cool Water
Cool water keeps the tissues hydrated and cools down the core of the body. Cool water is great for gradually reducing the body’s temperature. Drinking a large amount of ice cold water can shock the system. Water replaces the fluids lost through sweating and helps to flush out toxins that build up in the tissues. When toxins are allowed to build up they can overload the blood with waste, taking up precious space needed for oxygen. When the blood is allowed to carry sufficient amounts of oxygen to the brain, sleep comes naturally.
Take A Cool Bath
One of the best ways to relax after a long, hot day is to take a cool bath. Add some Epsom salts to help pull toxins from the skin and you have a relaxing spa treatment. Warm to cool water helps to reduce the core temperature of the body. Dry off with a soft towel to invigorate tissues and get the blood circulating throughout the body. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to help relax the mind and relieve the stress that builds up during the day.
Use A Mini Foot Bath
Fill a mini foot bath with warm water, add a few drops of essential oils and turn on the pulsating jets. Stick your feet in the water and allow the bubbles of the jets to relax away the stress of the day. Lavender essential oils work well if you are trying to relax and are looking to get a good night’s sleep. The Epsom salts will pull toxins from the soles of the feet, while the lavender aroma allows your mind to relax and wander, drifting off to a place where sleep will come easy and the dreams will be pleasant.
Relax In A Hot Tub
For people who like the bubbles of a Jacuzzi, spending some time in a hot tub after a long day can make for a relaxing evening. Turn on the jets, sit back and enjoy the feel of the water rushing over your skin. Turn on the back lights to create a peaceful ambiance that will help your mind relax. Spending fifteen to twenty minutes in a hot tub can also relax the muscles and eliminate built up frustration and stress.