To some, summer is a season of joy, relaxation and good vibes; while to others, it is a literal burning hell full of scorching heat, sunburn, low blood pressure, crowds and sand in your knickers.
Summer is a beautiful season, no denying it. However, it is beautiful when you’re at the seaside, comfortably seated in the shade of an elm tree, with a cocktail on your right and the cool sea on your left. In the middle of a city, the season of all seasons quickly turns into your worst nightmare.
Heavens forbid your job requires you to wear a suit to work – then you’re in for a world of pain. Better yet, a world of stifling heat.
It’s been scientifically proven that extreme heat makes human beings nervous. You’re nervous because it’s 31C at night and you’re sweating through your mattress and you can’t sleep and just the thought of waking up in the morning to an air-conditioned room gives you pneumonia. Familiar?
You’re standing in line at the bank, and you’re sweating through your shirt and the thought of great sweat stains makes you sweat even more, and you’re suddenly itchy and squirmy and squiggly all over. Familiar?
You’re in a meeting with your boss, and that first bead of sweat starts to roll down your back and tickle you, and you suddenly can’t focus on anything else but the impending breakout of sweat down your back and stomach… Familiar?
Yes, yes and yes.
This is where we decided to step in. Hipper came up with 8 great ways to survive the summer heat. We’ve tried to include unorthodox and atypical advice – you know, we’re not really going to tell you to turn on the air-conditioning or go for a swim when you’re hot…
- Buy a portable fan with a water sprayer. Ever heard of these? These small devices often go overlooked when it comes to cooling yourself off (mainly due to the fact that people think they look silly, that they are difficult to carry around, or they won’t look cool using them), but are ideal to combat the oppressive summer heat. These fans work on single/double AA or AAA batteries, and spray water in your face – the water cools you, and then the fan cools you even more. They’re efficient, portable, and great inventions for people who have a hard time coping with the blazing inferno June and July bring.
- Buy a bunch of flowers for your house. Forested areas are cooler in the summer. Why? Because the heat cannot penetrate the treetops, because the plants themselves take in a bit of the sun, and also because they give back O2 – making you feel fresher. You can do the same thing in your oven of an apartment. Instead of shoving ice and the air-conditioner down your throat, your best bet might be a bouquet of flowers. Or two, or three, or a dozen. They will provide the same effect a forest does. Granted, maybe not the same, but it’s worth a shot. It’ll also make your place look nice. And, to top this summer jungle extravaganza off, you can buy a bunch of flowers right away from a great place known as Hipper.com. Ever heard of it?
- Lie down on the marble like a dog. Naturally, you’re not going to do this one in public, but it’s a great way to cool off. Dogs are instinctive animals – they eat when they’re hungry (good stuff), sleep when they’re tired (good stuff), and do whatever they can to make their lives as comfortable as possible (very good stuff). So, you know what the ancient Greeks used to say: do as dogs do.
- Relocate temporarily to a cooler climate. You know, this might be the soundest way for you to cool off during a hot, sweaty summer. This may not work for everyone – or, in fact, for most people – but it’s a surefire way you’ll cool yourself off. Just spend your paycheck to buy plane tickets, pack your bags, leave your life behind for 3-4 months, postpone all your current responsibilities, and fly off to the cooler winds. It’s going to be great, we promise. Unless you actually have a job or school, where you have to be present. Then it’s not that great. Do bear that in mind.
- Buy yourself a card to cheer yourself up. You can buy cards that will make you laugh and happy and just glad to be alive. Then, however, in a minute or so you’ll again end up hating global warming and the sun and the fact that you have to sit here, boiling to a crisp. So, you know, it’s only a temporary solution. But it’s fun!
- Eat ice. Eating ice is a great way to cool off during the summer. Your mouth is teeming with small blood vessels that, once cooled, lower the overall temperature of your body. Same goes for pouring cold water/ice on your wrists and neck – blood vessels and arteries carry off the cool blood throughout your body.
- Drink hot beverages. Really. Although this may sound ridiculously contradictory, it works. When you consumer hot beverages in the summer heat, your body goes into panic mode: “What is going on, why am I even hotter than I was a minute before?” Then it expends more energy to cool itself off. Voila.
- Close your windows, lock your doors, and become a certified hermit during the summer months. It works great – not only will you save yourself from becoming a French fry; you will also alienate yourself from your friends who actually make you go out during the summer. A win-win situation. Except, you know, the summer ends at one point. And then you’re left a pale, weak shell of a human, with no friends whatsoever. Tread lightly.
So that’s it. This was a short and offbeat guide on how to Cool Off & Lose Friends During the Summer. Follow the majority of these pointers somewhat loosely, and stay safe. Enjoy your summer – it truly is the season of the gods! The team at Hipper is already in full summer mode, and we hope you will be soon.