The sun is shining and the weather is sweet. But while blue, cloud-free skies are lovely, the warmer weather can be a little too much for many – especially if you’re going through the menopause and experiencing hot flushes.
Should you be searching for the best ways to stay cool in the summer months, read on. From wardrobe ideas designed to help you dress for the hotter temperatures to tricks to help get a good night’s sleep, here’s how to make the higher temperatures bearable.
Update your wardrobe
Keeping cool in the summer heat starts with your wardrobe. Assess what clothes you have stored away from last year’s heatwave and see if there are any pieces you need to add for the warmer weather.
To do this, begin by laying them out in different categories, such as light tunics and shorts. Once you’ve arranged your clothes, you might find that you need to add new skirts or some light, summery tops to complete your outfits. Choose cotton materials in light colours to make sure you’re feeling cool and comfortable, whether you’re heading on holiday or going for a walk in the park.
Damart has curated a range that’s a match made in heaven for the Summer heat – the cool, fresh Climatyl range. Designed to keep you feeling your best, its super light fabric that’s quick drying makes Climatyl the perfect choice. Clever cuts allow loose fitting clothes in breathable fabrics to let the air flow and naturally ventilate your body, so you can feel confident and comfortable again.
Avoid the sun
It can be tempting to go for a wander to your nearest beauty spot while the sun is high in the sky – after all, this is the time of day when you’re likely to see lots of other people out and a about and enjoying the sunny weather. But it’s also the time of day when the sun is at its hottest.
Instead, try to get outside in the morning before the temperature warms up. Alternatively, hold off until the evening when you can pop on some sandals and enjoy an after-dinner stroll in comfort.
After a day of high temperatures, heat can linger. This can mean night times are muggy, leaving you feeling uncomfortable.
While one or two nights of broken sleep can be tolerable, a pattern of poor sleep can have a negative impact on your body and mind, so it’s important to relax and cool down at this time of year.
If you’re wondering how to keep your bedroom cool in the summer, try planning ahead. The long-range forecast from the Met Office is predicting a period of above-average temperatures for July, so preparing for this time of hot days and uncomfortable nights now will help you when the temperatures rise.
Begin by focusing on yourself. On the warmer days, drink plenty of cold water during the evening to bring your core body temperature down. Also, think about bedtime itself. Try swapping your blanket or duvet for a light cotton sheet and your usual bedclothes for a cotton nightdress to help you keep cool through the night.
Next, think about how you’ll keep your home cool. Close your blinds and curtains during the day to keep the hot sun from getting into bedrooms. Additionally, opening doors and windows will allow any breeze into the home.
Use a fan
While keeping cool at bedtime during the summer is crucial for getting a good night’s sleep, a fan can really help to circulate the air and bring a cooler breeze. Here’s a top tip to stay cool in the summer heat applies at any time of the day – try placing a bowl of ice in front of a fan to create a cool mist. This will blow an icy breeze towards you and help to take the temperature down. You might opt to do this during the daytime when the sun’s particularly hot or just before you get into bed. It’s a simple, yet effective way to keep cool.
Which of these tips to stay cool in the summer heat will you try? Are you concentrating on getting a great night’s sleep or will you revamp your summer wardrobe? If you’re looking for new pieces to wear, day or night, shop the summer range at www.damart.co.uk. For more style tips and tricks, visit the Damart blog.