8 Easy Ways To Stay Cool In An Indian Summer

8 Easy Ways To Stay Cool In An Indian Summer

“The sand, feel the waves between your toes…Can you feel the way the old wind blows…From one to another…. Here to discover..Indian Summer” These are the lyrics to the song ‘Indian Summer’ by America and they sure make you feel like you’re enjoying a nice vacation by the sea! However, as anyone who’s experienced a ‘real’ Indian summer knows, it’s no walk on the beach! There are a lot of challenges to deal with, starting from the way the humidity makes your hair go frizzy to more dangerous problems like heat stroke. Yet, you don’t have to shut yourself up for two months in an air conditioned room. You can still enjoy the season and have a great holiday – all of which is possible with these easy ways to stay cool in an Indian summer. (Read, Summer in India).

8 Easy Ways to Stay Cool in An Indian Summer

1. Drink Up

Yes, just drinking the right kind of fluids can help you stay cool while keeping your hydration intact. Of course, plain water is obviously best, but a few additions can up the cooling factor. Cucumber, watermelon, mint and lime are all popular for summer beverages. You can either juice these or just add some slices or springs in a jug of plain water. Coconut water and buttermilk are great options too. Avoid caffeine as far as possible – it heats the body and dehydrates it as well.

2. Eat Right

What you eat is just as important as what you drink when it comes to staying cool in summer. Your best bet is to avoid hot foods and stick to salads, cold soups and fruits. Carrots, cucumbers, apples, watermelon and oranges have good water content and fill you up without slowing you down. Oily and spicy meals require your body to work more towards digesting it, which means more heat is generated. Homemade ice cream or yogurt made with low fat dairy also satisfies a sweet tooth without expanding your waistline!

3. Dress Well

Magazine headlines are probably screaming ‘Is your body bikini-ready?’ but what you should actually be asking is if your clothes are summer-ready! Your choice of fabric is very important as natural fabrics like cotton and linen allow breath-ability and are fairly easy to maintain. Opt for loose, flowy styles that don’t need too much fabric. Be sure to have a hat or umbrella and sunglasses when you step outside the house. Dark clothes tend to pull heat in, so go for lighter colors to stay cool. Open sandals are obviously more comfortable than closed up shoes – for you and everyone around!

4. Shower Right

One of my favorite ways to stay cool in summer is quite basic – take a cool shower! This is especially helpful if you live in a humid area, and multiple showers a day really freshen you up. They don’t need to be long; you may also have to consider a water shortage in summer! Body washes may work better than soaps**, based on your skin type. One tip – take a shower and lie under the fan without completely drying off – great for a very hot day!

5. Adapt your Skin Care

Lock the freshness in by moisturizing right after a shower, but stay away from heavy creams. Use light gels or lotions which contain cooling ingredients like cucumber, aloe or jojoba. Stay away from products that contain lanolin or glycerin which can be greasy. Also talcum powder can come in quite handy – dust it between your toes to keep them fresh, or between body parts that may chafe. Some even claim that sprinkling talcum powder on bed sheets makes them cool! Most importantly, don’t forget the sunscreen – whatever the SPF, it needs to be applied all over the body and reapplied at regular intervals.

Here’s what I’m using to keep my face smooth and hydrated this summer.

Lotus Herbals Alphamoist Alpha Hydroxy Skin Renewal Oil Free Moisturiser, 80ml

 

6. Stay out of the sun

One of the easiest ways to stay cool in summer? Stay out of the heat! Plan your day so that you’re indoors from 10 AM to 4 PM, so that you avoid the peak summer heat. Schedule your errands so that you’re in the mall or some other air conditioned environment during this time. It’s a good idea to plan your workouts in the early morning or evenings too, so you don’t go crazy with heat and dehydration!

7. Cool your Room

It can be hard to stay cool in summer when your room has accumulated all the sun’s heat! There are many ways you can keep your room cool without an A/C. Place fans turned outwards to send the hot air outside. Use heavy curtains to block the heat as the sun goes up, and open them up as the sun goes down. Use cotton sheets and try to sleep closer to the ground as the air gets warmer higher up. You can also place a wet sheet in front of a fan to get some brief yet effective respite from the heat.

8. Cool your Mind

None of these tips are going to work if you’re constantly stressed and anxious. That’s why getting nervous is referred to as ‘breaking into a sweat’! Besides embarrassing sweat patches on your clothes, getting all hot and bothered can affect your productivity and focus. Meditate everyday and calm your mind by letting out all the negative thoughts. Think of it as unwanted hot air, and think of positive thoughts as a breeze that cools you inside out. You can also practice some yoga poses like Tree Pose, Child’s Pose or Corpse pose, which are known to have a cooling effect.

The song at the beginning mentions Indian Summer, but even that is different in each part of India. So adapt the tips above to suit your particular lifestyle and the weather in your region. With these easy ways to stay cool in summer, you’ll soon be enjoying the hot weather and look and feel good both inside and out!

Stuff you’ll find our my bathroom this summer

Medimix Bath Soap – Classic 18 Herbs ** I love me this old fashioned herbal soap in summer!

I also love the herbal soaps from Sri Aurobindo Ashram – I source them from I-Tokri.

Here’s something cool I discovered this summer to keep us smelling good – I switched from using imported deos to this.

Cinthol Deo Stick Women, 40g (Pack of 3)

Cinthol Deo Stick for Men Combo, 40g (Pack of 3)

Boroplus Prickly Heat Ice Cool Powder

Connecting to Nature   #MondayMusings

Connecting to Nature #MondayMusings

Happy World Environment Day! This year, it seems an even more important day to celebrate our environment and pledge to clean it up, when the leader of the ‘free world’ seems to have chosen a path away from this. Thankfully, the actions of a nation’s leadership are not always reflective of the vast majority of its people. My #MondayMusings today consists of watching and sharing with you some TED Talk videos connecting to Nature. Be inspired!

‘Connecting People to Nature’, the theme for World Environment Day 2017, implores us to get outdoors and into nature, to appreciate its beauty and its importance, and to take forward the call to protect the Earth that we share. World Environment Day is the biggest annual event for positive environmental action and takes place every 5 June.

This year’s host country Canada got to choose the theme and will be at the centre of celebrations around the planet. World Environment Day is a day for everyone, everywhere. Since it began in 1972, global citizens have organized many thousands of events, from neighbourhood clean-ups, to action against wildlife crime, to replanting forests.

This year’s theme invites you to think about how we are part of nature and how intimately we depend on it. It challenges us to find fun and exciting ways to experience and cherish this vital relationship.

Connecting to Nature

Nature’s beauty can be fleeting — but not through Louie Schwartzberg’s lens. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day.

 

You don’t need to plan an exotic trip to find creative inspiration. Just look up, says Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society. As he shares charming photos of nature’s finest aerial architecture, Pretor-Pinney calls for us all to take a step off the digital treadmill, lie back and admire the beauty in the sky above.

How do you define “nature?” If we define it as that which is untouched by humans, then we won’t have any left, says environmental writer Emma Marris. She urges us to consider a new definition of nature — one that includes not only pristine wilderness but also the untended patches of plants growing in urban spaces — and encourages us to bring our children out to touch and tinker with it, so that one day they might love and protect it.

 

“ Obviously, survival is important but we weren’t put here just to survive, we were put here to create. What if we could begin to imagine a nature-rich future with new kinds of cities, homes and neighborhoods? New kinds of workplaces? If we don’t aim much higher than sustainability, we’ll never reach it. An experience in nature is super-important in making us mindful of who we are and where we are in the moment.” – Richard Louv, author of The Nature Principle

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Saying A Big YES To The Adventure Of My Life

Saying A Big YES To The Adventure Of My Life

How can I live a big YES to the adventure of my life? That’s a question I came across recently on Gratefulness.org. And I had to ask a counter question. What is the adventure of my life? Would you laugh if I told you that it was ‘living authentically‘?

Remember that story of the little boy who called out that the emperor was not wearing any clothes, when the rest of the crowd pretended that he was wearing the finest robes? What made that boy say that? Simple. He stated the truth. I’m not sure what happened to the boy after that, but he must have been the envy of a lot of adults! What freedom to state what was the truth!

When I think about what kept the adults from the truth, I realize that it was fear. Fear of being punished. Fear of going against the popular voice. Fear of standing out.

Saying A Big YES To The Adventure Of My Life Means That I Sign on to Being 100% Authentic

Living authentically takes guts. It takes time. It’s not easy to call time on bullshit, even your own! 

To me, authentic living means (in no particular order)

  1. following your inner compass even when it seems to point you in completely another direction from people in your life.
  2. learning to accept that you’ve made mistakes and owning up to them.
  3. not glossing over situations in your life or painting a picture of it all being rosy
  4. taking ownership for relationships and situations in your life and knowing when to walk away from them
  5. not playing by the rules set by other people
  6. valuing and respecting yourself
  7.   saying what you need to say
  8. being grateful for every situation and person, knowing that life lessons come to us in various ways
  9. being more mindful of your own behaviour
  10. constantly questioning and seeking the truth.

 

Are you saying a big yes to the adventure of your life?

#FridayReflections

If you are new to Friday Reflections, here’s what it’s about. It’s the end of the week, you’re probably exhausted with work, and all you want to do is sit back, put your feet up, sip on some fancy cocktail or wine, and write away. Sanch of Living My Imperfect Life and Everyday Gyaan give you writing prompts and all you have to do is choose any one of those prompts to blog about and link up between Friday and Monday. After you link up, be sure to spread the love by visiting other bloggers who have linked up too.

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  1. Write about doing something you don’t want to do
  2. Write about putting together the pieces of a puzzle
  3. Tea or coffee? Pick your vice
  4. “So it’s true, when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love.” – E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly. Use this quote in your post or as an inspiration for one
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Nostalgia A Dead End Lane?  #MondayMusings

Nostalgia A Dead End Lane? #MondayMusings

I remember writing a post a few years back about ‘the old days‘ and one blogger very candidly disagreed saying that there . But I wasn’t living in the past, just hankering for some of the niceties of years gone by that I didn’t see evidence of. But that’s another story. Today I’m wondering is nostalgia a dead end lane or if there’s something good in it after all.

The last week has been filled with nostalgia as the NGO I work with and am one of the founder members of – Divya Disha – celebrated its 30th Anniversary. As we looked at old photographs and recalled the ‘old days’ we were filled with nothing but joy and gratitude for all we were and how far we’ve come. We recalled the many characters we encountered, all the laughter and all the learning. But I don’t think there was even a moment that we said “Wish we could go back in time”. If anything, we pledged to hold fast to the values of those days, even as we tread new paths.

It’s interesting that today I came across an article in The New York Times about whether nostalgia is good or bad and I’ll leave you to read this extract and come to your own conclusions.

Researchers say it’s a “phenomenon” — a high-order emotional experience more on par with love than, say, fear. It’s about yourself and those close to you; big moments in your life or memorable settings. Experts have found that people turn to nostalgia when they are trying to avoid something unpleasant or feeling lonely, to counteract their social anxieties.

And it works. Nostalgia helps bring your psychological state back into balance. It elevates your mood and your deflated self-esteem. Researchers say you come out of the experience with a stronger sense of belonging.

Say you’re moving to the other side of the country for a new job. That disruption can trigger a bout of nostalgia in which you recall childhood fishing trips with your dad. You think back fondly, and realize, “Hey, I still love to fish, and I still love my dad.” So you begin to feel like there’s some continuity between your past and present, like you’re living a full and meaningful life. And in that context, the cross-country move that’s been stressing you out may suddenly seem less daunting.

But nostalgia isn’t just a compensation tool; it’s also an energizing emotion, said Clay Routledge, a professor of psychology at North Dakota State University. After delving into nostalgia, you’ll feel more connected to your friends and also be motivated to actually reconnect with them; you might even go out and seek new ones.

In a Skype interview, Dr. Wildschut and Dr. Sedikides cautioned against using nostalgia as your primary way to cope with problems. Talking to a friend, for example, might be a better way. “If other things fail, nostalgia is a back up,” Dr. Sedikides said, “and it’s not as bad as people think.”

Extracted from Take a Walk Down Memory Lane. It Can Be Healthy from The New York Times

What’s your take on the value of nostalgia?

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