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Ways to cool down

Our bodies can adapt to summer temperatures in around two weeks. With a slight shift in the daily routine and a few simple tricks, you can keep your body temperature down and reduce reliance on costly mechanical cooling.

Taking it easy in a hammock

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Take it easy during the middle of the day's heat and avoid heavy chores and exercise. There's a reason why so many people in hot parts of the world have a midday siesta when the sun is at its hottest and take advantage of the cooler mornings and evenings.

Adjust your routine so that you can spend at least part of hot days in public spaces which are cool. Perhaps you can do your shopping or go to the movies in the middle of the day rather than the evening.

For an instant cool-down, spray yourself with a mist of water or drape a moist towel around your neck. You could even try the same trick with a cloth bag filled with frozen rice — summer's alternative to a heat neck roll. Wet your wrists and other pulse points — constantly cooling wrists will also cool the body. Try wetting the ends of your sleeves throughout the day. A quick sponge down will also make you feel cooler instantly.

Clothes make a difference to how you feel as well. Opt for loose and light-weight clothing in light colours. Organic cottons and breathable fabrics can make you feel more comfortable.

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