5 tips to stay cool in schoolKeeping focused in a summer course when you are hot and sticky can be a real challenge.  Here are a few tips to help you keep your cool.

1. Stay hydrated. Keep a water bottle with you at all times. Consider putting a bottle or two of water in the freezer for use the next next day, don’t forget to leave enough space in the bottle for the ice to expand.

2. Don’t eat large meals, graze.  Choose salads, vegetables and fruit, avoid eating meat and protein-heavy foods that can increase your metabolic heat and add to water loss. Here are a few ideas.

FYI: Beer & ice cream actually make you hotter!

3. Buy or make your own mister by filling a spray bottle with water and spraying your neck, face and wrists occasionally. You can also buy a fan mister for under $10 at CVS or Walgreens.

4. Stay out of the light. Avoid the sun, turn out the lights and close shades when possible.

5. Wear loose fitting clothes. Choose cotton, linen and other natural fibers that help absorb moisture or select a synthetic wicking material. If you aren’t wearing flip flops, be sure to wear socks to avoid sweaty swamp foot.

Finally, no matter how well you manage the heat, it’s a good idea to remember the deodorant, maybe even carry a spare in your bag. Your classmates will appreciate it.