You have your summer holidays planned or maybe you already came back either from the beach or some nice cool lakes and mountains. So what to do now, for the remaining time that you are in the city, especially when in one with hot temperatures but without a beach? Lucky for you, the summer in the city doesn’t have to be difficult and here are some tips on how to make it more enjoyable and what to do to survive the summer in the city.
1. Hydrate regularly
First things first – when the temperatures are high, your body needs water and plenty of it. Make sure you are hydrated and regularly take fluids – water is the best of course and, to give it a bit of taste, feel free to add some lemon, ginger, or cucumbers in it. This will definitely make it easier for you to get through the day.
2. Find a nature oasis in the city
Nature heals – during cooler periods of the day, early morning or late afternoon/evening, go for a walk in some of the green areas of your city. It would be great if those had some rivers or lakes, or at least maybe some parks with fountains as the water cools the air and brings some freshness to it. A bit of movement, exercise, and fresh air will also do you well, so it is the perfect thing to do at the beginning and the end of each day.
3. Go swimming
Whether it is a river, lake or a swimming pool in your neighbourhood, find a place to swim in the city – this will most definitely help you survive the summer heatwave. In addition, exercise will do you good and you may meet some interesting people who, just like you, are stuck in the city for the moment – maybe you can even arrange some drinks and some friendships could come out of it.
4. Eat well
You will want to eat well during the summer heatwave, using food to get enough vitamins and minerals to endure the heat. Try to eat lighter food like lots of veggies with fish and of course, make sure you have lots of fruits. Take advantage of the perks of the summer and enjoy seasonal fruits and vegetables – like watermelon which is perfect for both hunger and thirst.
5. Make your place livable
Whether you live in a flat or in a house, with or without a terrace or garden, make sure you use your space in the best possible way. Observe where you have the most sun during the day and which parts are in the shade where you can relax or work better. It can get tough to stay all day with the air conditioning so it’s good you use all the space you can and even decorate it summer-style with some lights and plants – it will make spending time more enjoyable in such space.
6. Go for evening drinks
To relax after a long, hot day, enjoy the evening breeze on a terrace, especially if it is a nice cool rooftop with a view. Be mindful about what you order though – don’t overdo it with alcohol as it gets you dehydrated so it’s best to drink in moderation and with plenty of water.
7. Get away from the city
One of the best hacks of surviving the summer in the city is to get away from it when you can – go for a day or a weekend trip to nature, seaside or mountains, whatever you have in your surroundings. Just being immersed in it will cool you down and definitely recharge your batteries so you can keep going until the heatwave drops a bit.