Beat The Heat Without Harming The Environment
The weather has been unforgivable these past few days, so much so that Malaysians find themselves melting into puddles of sweat and being blinded by the glaring sun. And it looks like it won’t get cooler any time soon as this hot weather is expected to continue until end of March. So to cope with the scorching heat, here’s a brief guide to beat the heat without harming our environment.
1. Drink plenty of water
This is the obvious first tip. It’s imperative to drink plenty of fluids during this hot season. But make sure to avoid fluids that contain alcohol and caffeine because alcohol dehydrates the body, while caffeine increases the metabolic heat in the body. To switch things up and give yourself a refreshing change, try making these easy naturally-flavoured drinks by adding some fruits and herbs.
2. Choose cotton and light-coloured clothing
Cotton is your best friend during the hot season. While heat is trapped by synthetic fibres, cotton absorbs perspiration and its evaporation causes you to feel cooler. And the fact that the material is breathable promotes ventilation and airflow too! As for the colours, light colours help reflect the sun’s radiation. Here’s an additional tip: you can also apply this method to your bedsheets!
3. Chill your pulse points
For a quick cool-down, grab an ice pack and chill your pulse points at the neck, elbow, wrists, groin, behind the knees and ankles. This helps your body to cool down because the main veins passing through this area cools the blood – giving a similar effect as splashing water on your temples and face. As a matter of fact, you can even fill a little spray bottle with water and keep it in the fridge and voila, an instant refreshing spray for your face and everywhere else while you’re out of the house.
4. Get creative with your fan
Instead of using the fan to cool off, try pointing the fans out the windows so it’ll push hot air out. You can even try making a makeshift air-conditioner by placing a shallow container full of ice in front of the fans. We guarantee that you’d be surprised by the amount of cooling mist it can produce.
There you have it, a quick guide to beating the hot weather without blasting the air-conditioning 24/7 and harming the environment. Stay hydrated and stay cool, everyone!