Does anyone have some tips for surviving the summer heat? Its like the one time a year that I might actually get sensory overload but I never know how to handle it. :(
Oh goodness, I feel your pain, anon! Temperature regulation is one of my most messed-up sensory systems, so I’m constantly on the lookout for some ideas to make it better. I’ll talk about some of the things that have helped me get through summers in the southwestern US (land of heat and melting, honestly):
- If you have air conditioning, use it. I know it’s good to try and conserve energy, especially in summertime, but taking care of yourself is also important. You can always turn off the air when you aren’t at home (but when you return home, only set it to the temperature you want it at in the end - setting it colder won’t make it cool off any faster).
- If you don’t have air conditioning, a good trick is to put a bowl of water in front of a fan. The evaporation of the water + the air from the fan helps cool off a room more than just the fan itself, and can help cool off more than just the area right in front of a fan where you can feel the air moving.
- Also check out what places around you are open during the hottest part of the day that have AC - the library and the mall are good places like this, because hanging out for long periods of time in these places is generally expected and doesn’t cost anything (unless you buy something while you’re at the mall).
- Drink plenty of water! If you struggle to remember, try an app like Plant Nanny (which I believe is available on both Android and iPhone). You pick a cute little plant, and then each time you drink water you tell the app and it helps your plant grow. Because of this app I’ve also learned to keep track of when I should have finished my next bottle of water - if I get up around 7am, I should drink a full bottle of water by 11, another by 3, and another by 7pm (and some after that as well, but it doesn’t have to be a full bottle, just whatever I need to feel hydrated). I use an uninsulated water bottle because I prefer room temperature water, but if you like ice cold water, a Hydro Flask could help - it keeps water super cold for a long time.
- Putting a towel or a pillowcase in the freezer to then put on your pillow drape over the back of your neck can really help. When your face and neck are cool, it can trick the rest of your body into feeling cool as well.
- If possible, sitting on floors or non-cushioned chairs can help keep you cooler - couches, beds, and other soft things form to your body and trap heat close to you. You could try the freezer trick with a sheet and then drape that over a couch, but for me it’s generally easier to just sit on the floor instead.
- Look for loose, flowy clothing made of cotton, if you’re able to wear that sort of thing. The looseness allows air to flow around you more easily, and cotton is light and dries more quickly than many artificial fabrics.
Okay, I think that’s the biggest things for what helps me get through summer. If any of our followers have any other ideas, please let us know!
- Mod Logan