4+ Ways To Beat The Summer Heat

It's been awfully hot outside lately and it's only JUNE, so there's a good chance the temperatures will continue to climb this year - even if just a little bit. Truthfully, I'm not a super huge fan of the extreme warmth so I've been doing a few things to beat the heat and I thought I'd share them with you.

Watch What You Wear
Lightweight clothes will keep you cooled down - especially cotton - by allowing your skin to breathe and not trapping in the heat. Wearing black will make you warmer as it absorbs in heat, so ensure you're wearing lighter-colored clothing. If you have long hair, throw it up in a messy bun or braid. 

Block the rays
I cannot stress enough the importance of protecting your skin from burns with sunscreen. Getting a bad sunburn is a quick way to feel sore and miserable real fast, so use a higher SPF than you think you should - I like to use SPF 50. Keeping your skin protected is also a good way to prevent your skin from prematurely aging. 

Being exposed to drastic heat for long periods of time without staying hydrated can lead to heat exhaustion, so it's really important to keep your water intake at a high level. When it's really hot out, you tend to sweat more, and drinking water (not soda, coffee, or alcohol) will help to lower body temps and replace your body of the fluid.

Hit the water
If you live near the ocean, maybe it wouldn't be bad a bad idea to hangout at the beach. Of course load up on sunscreen and definitely hydrate - the saltwater can be very dehydrating. If you don't live near an ocean or lake, no worries, a pool works as well. Still, sun-block and hydrate. 

A few other small tips that come to mind: limit physical activity. Moving around a lot will of course make you even warmer, so if you have the option, stay indoors and relax on super hot days. Keep your blinds or curtains closed to keep the sun rays out - it will help your home stay much cooler. This last one may sound so silly, but I'm telling you - it works. Sometimes when it's just so hot in my house because my central air can't keep up with the heat (it's an older townhouse), I grab my ice pack from the freezer and place it on my arms for a few seconds, moving it around. You're probably laughing, BUT IT WORKS! And desperate times (100+ degrees Fahrenheit) call for desperate measures. 

Common Excuses Holding You Back In Life

Looking back, there are quite number of things I wish I had done in life instead of finding an excuse not to. I'm pretty good at putting things on hold and giving myself a "good reason," but in the end, I think truly only the one stopping you is YOU. Only you can truly make things happen and only you can put an end to letting excuses keep you from achieving goals. You may think of a "legitimate" reason like I have listed below, but in reality it's only delaying you and holding you back.  

You Don't Have Enough Time
If you don't have time right now, then when? It's easy to keep saying this until after while it's completely out of the picture. We, as humans, seem to think that we will always have heaps of time in the future - that it can always be done later. But the truth is, we'll always be busy. Life doesn't really slow down. It's not about finding the time, but instead making the time. Don't get caught in the trap of constantly putting things off because you don't have the time. You do, you just need to reassess and prioritize.  

You've Never Done It Before
Doing something for the first time can be a little scary, but that's no reason to say no. Saying yes to new things will welcome growth and put some more experience under your belt. Take on new opportunities that excite you even if you're a little scared because those opportunities could open new doors for you. 

You Don't Have Enough Money
Money can really seem like a sincere reason not to do something because let's face it, if you don't have the money for it, you don't have the money. But here's the catch - you can start budgeting, saving, or increasing your income. There's always a way around it. Sure, it may hold you back for a little while until you earn the needed amount. But at least you're not sitting there, wishfully thinking it will just magically appear one day. It may just take a little extra discipline, but it is most definitely possible to work around this obstacle. 

You Don't Feel Like It Right Now
When I think of this one, my mind straight away thinks of exercising because I think this is the most common excuse people use for working out. "I'll do it tomorrow", or, "I'm too tired today." But using this excuse one time always turns into a cycle of many times and before we know it, we've fallen completely off track and have to start from square one simply because we didn't feel like it at the time. 
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