The temperature in Chicago at 5:25pm is 100 degrees.
It’s hot! The moment the temperature approaches eighty, I turn the air conditioning on. I know people who don’t like air conditioning; I’m not one of those people. Air conditioning may not be good for the environment, but it’s good for me. Yep, ME. Color me self-centered, but I’m not suffocating in oppressive heat for the greater good. I feel better when I can breathe.
However, before someone blasts me for pumping out heat and harmful gases into the external environment—thus contributing to global warming, which means I will just need to turn my air conditioner up higher to cool my micro environment—let me ease my guilt and boost my social conscience by sharing some ideas on how to stay cool naturally!
- Place a frozen cabbage leaf under your baseball cap. If it worked for Babe Ruth, it might work for you!
- Chill your pulse points by running cold water over your wrists. Splashing water on your temples or face can produce a similar effect.
- Want to cool the bed down? Fill a standard hot water bottle with ice water. Use it to cool your ankles and the back of your knees. You can also try bagging your sheets and tossing them into the freezer for an hour or two before bed. No, I have never done this…I can’t imagine what remaking the bed would be like.
- Freeze a big plastic bottle or two full of water. Set it in front of your fan. Direct the fan so it’s blowing toward you. You WILL feel a difference. This works!
- Mint can help make you feel cooler, so make peppermint iced tea, chew Wrigley’s Doublemint gum or eat fresh mint.
- A mint spritz is very refreshing. Just add a peppermint tea bag or some fresh mint to a mist sprayer bottle, refrigerate until very cold, shake it up and when you are hot and bothered (from the heat), just spritz it over your face, feet and wrists.