Much of the country is experiencing sweltering weather, and it seems that short of staying in an fiercely air conditioned building, and NEVER leaving, you’re going to have to find a way to deal with the heat.  Here are some suggestions to help you manage:

  1. weather-forecast-hot-weatherWater.  And more water.  And more water still.  Keeping yourself hydrated will help make you feel and look better, but perhaps more importantly, it will help stave off dehydration and sunstroke.  Add a squeeze of lemon or lime if you need a little flavor.
  2. Wear a hat.  It may seem counterintuitive to have something glomming onto your head, but it will actually help shield your face from the sun.  Get a wider brim, and you can protect your neck as well.  This will protect your skin, of course, but by keeping the sun directly off your face it can help keep you from melting away.
  3. Wear layers.  Look for versatile pieces that can be coordinate and layered.  Wear a pretty tank under your suit jacket, so you can slip it off when it gets too warm.  Don’t dress in a way that leaves you no options to cool off.
  4. Skip the hose.  Chances are that you already do this, but if you’re one of those sticklers for wearing them, now’s a good time to live on the edge.  Sure, some jobs require that they be worn, but if you don’t have to, why bother!
  5. If you’re wearing pants, go sock-less or wear a short ankle sock.  Save the knee high trouser socks for fall.
  6. Eat raw fruits and vegetables.  Fresh and light is not only healthy, but refreshing as well.  Don’t let heavy food weigh you down in this hot weather.
  7. Keep a spray bottle of water or a refreshing tonic at hand.  When you hit and sinker and are drooping, give yourself a spritz.
  8. Slip a small deodorant into your purse, or keep it at your desk, so you can freshen up when you’re feeling decidedly un-fresh.
  9. Choose a lighter fragrance, lighter in composition as well as fragrance.  It can make a big difference.
  10. Select lighter weight clothes in non-clinging fabrics and styles.

And hey, if none of these ideas work, just play hooky.  Sssshhhhhh!  I won’t tell!

What are you doing to beat the heat?  It’s nearing 100 degrees where I am, and I need all the ideas that I can find!

Photo credit: jeffmcneill @flickr