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Fun Activities to Beat the Summer Heat

We’re a few weeks into summer, one of my favorite times of the year. However, the heat that comes with summertime can sometimes be a real nuisance for some people. Fortunately, there are plenty of fun and interesting ways you can cool down, besides just having the fan or air conditioner on.

One thing I love to do during the summer is swim. It’s perfect for those hot, sweaty afternoons and evenings. Taking that initial dip into the freezing, cold water can be challenging at first, but you just need to dive in without over-thinking it. Going to the pool with your friends can make for a fun time. It’s also a great opportunity to get in some exercise, while at the same time competing with others.

Similar to going for a dive in the swimming pool, you can take a cold shower. Cold, particularly freezing, showers can be intimidating for those who are used to taking warm/hot showers on a daily basis. However, you can start slow and continually lower the temperature over the course of time until you get comfortable. There are people who even take cold showers in the winter. There’s been a lot of talk about how cold showers can be good for your health and your immune system, so I don’t see a reason not to try it out if you haven’t already, especially during the summer when it can get incredibly hot.

Another thing you can do, particularly if you enjoy cooking, is make a cold dessert or beverage. Ice cream or frozen yogurt are great treats for this time of the year. Iced tea and lemonade can make for great drinks to sip on. You can try to be creative and find recipes to different cold items to eat and drink, and then you can invite over friends and family to share with them. The feeling of eating or drinking something cold on a hot summer day is definitely a refreshing one.

All these activities are not just great for beating the heat, but ideal for mental relaxation, as well as warding off anxiety and stress. If you’re interested in more tips for staying cool this summer, check out this article:

You can also check out this video on summer life hacks:

-- BitterSweet Coaching Guest Writer


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