The warm weather has hit the UK, and I’m sure it’s elsewhere, too. We’re due another week of high temperatures, followed by a warm summer with a few more extreme heatwaves thrown in for good measure. It can make even the healthiest of us feel unwell, and aggravate conditions for those with chronic illnesses. Keeping cool is important, so here are a few things that can help reduce the heat and keep you feeling as well as possible.
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Multi-Purpose Cooling Gel Pads
JML’s Chillmax is an interesting one as it’s a multi-purpose gel pad that can be used at home or on the move in a few different ways. The gel is designed to transfer any heat away from your body, and the pad can be used as a pillow, cushion or mat. You could use it in your pillow when you go to bed, to prop your feet on, as a cushion on public transport, for use on sore joints and muscles, or even to cushion your laptop so as to prevent heat on your legs. For extra chill, pop it in the fridge first. It’s super easy and practical in use, portable in size and lightweight, and it can be wiped down for quick cleaning.
You can also find the JML Chillmax on eBay
I thought this silly when I first saw it, thinking ‘just use a regular flannel’, but these Bogi cooling towels are actually made from bamboo fibre and stay chilled for at least 3 hours, which is pretty impressive! Soft, multi-purpose and effective, these are great for cooling down in the warm weather. You can also find them on eBay.
Feel The Breeze With A Fan
A basic desk fan can do a great job for up-close cooling, such as the budget-friendly Oypla fan.
If you’re looking for something a bit bigger for more power and larger spaces, there’s the Ansio tower fan with a 4.5 star rating, currently reduced and with free delivery.
The Boots Hot Weather Cooling Spray is available at Boots online and is suitable for children and adults for instant refreshment and cooling on your face and body. It costs £3.99 (free next day click & collect from store, or £3.50 delivery/free over £45 spend).
The importance of hydration can’t be said enough, so keep fluids handy throughout the day. Opt for a BPA-free bottle that will keep water tasting fresh and cold, such as the one I use and would highly recommend, the Super Sparrow bottle.
If you don’t already use one, I’d definitely suggest a water filter jug for the fridge over tap water. In the long run, this is far cheaper than relying on bottled water and far tastier and healthier than tap water. Keep electrolytes up with juice and squash, or blend up a few fruits & veggies in a blender to pack in the nutrients.
How do you cope in the warmer weather? If the sun is shining where you are, I hope you stay cool and as well as possible.