Keep a cool state of mind

Keep a cool state of mind
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Keep a cool state of mind.Sometimes beating the summer heat means keeping a cool state of mind. Instead of suffering through the heat, make the most of it by slowing yourself down and relaxing. Here are some tips for cooling off from the inside out by treating mind, body, and soul.

Sometimes beating the summer heat means keeping a cool state of mind. Instead of suffering through the heat, make the most of it by slowing yourself down and relaxing. Here are some tips for cooling off from the inside out by treating mind, body, and soul.

There's nothing easier than breathing, but we rarely take the time for a deep, cleansing breath. The relaxing and cooling effect of deep breathing works on several levels. It forces you to stop what you're doing and concentrate on slowing down. Drawing a full breath also fills your lungs and allows you to relax certain muscles. The next time you're stressing over the heat, take the time for this simple step: Take 10 deep breaths without thinking about or doing anything else. You'll feel better in an instant.

Getting away from the heat may be as simple as imagining cooler surroundings. Find a favorite picture of a temperate place, whether it's a beautiful professional photograph of a park in spring or a nostalgic shot of loved ones on the beach. Imagine a breeze washing over the beach, cooling you with the ocean air. Think about the rhythmic sounds of the waves rolling in. Visualizing yourself in these settings can help you feel calm and forget the heat.

This summer, go for carefree garments that let your body breathe. Loose-fitting, light-colored, less formal clothing can help you feel more relaxed and may allow you to get the most out of the occasional breeze. Dress as if you're on vacation, and it becomes easy to feel the relaxing enjoyment of the heat. For some added cool, you may find peppermint to be as refreshing to the skin as it is to the mouth. Look for mint shower gels or lotions to keep your whole body cooler.

A balanced body temperature can be the difference between a blustery or breezy summer. Take the time to take cool care of yourself, and share these tips with friends and family to keep the whole group comfortable.

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