|Fan-tastic for staying cool on the sit!|
As ever at this time of year, I'm tearing about in blur of activity. In the last week, there have been sports days, speech days, new-school induction days, end-of-year parties, concerts and play rehearsals... and there's no let-up in sight. We've still got another two weeks until the end of term, plus what I call the Henley season - Regatta and Festival. It's all great fun, but my stamina is lacking...
Meanwhile, my frazzled brain is begging for downtime - a chance to process everything going on at the moment. Like the occasional temperature warning that comes up on my phone, I'm expecting to see the message: Body needs to cool down before you can use it flash up in front of my eyes sometime soon.
But fear not! I've been working on a quick guide to survive the super-hot weather and summer excesses. Having spent countless summers in an un-air-conditioned villa in Ibiza, I've done the research.
- Move slowly and take guilt-free siestas - that's what they do on the Continent and it serves them well
- During the night (or even the day) dive into the shower for a cold blast - it can help you sleep better
- Close the curtains in your bedroom during the day to keep rooms as cool as possible
- Locate your nearest open-air swimming pool, lido or open water - there's nothing like a cold dip to refresh and re-energise
- Spray water or apply a cold flannel to the back of the neck in extremis
- Drink your usual coffee ice-cold - stick an expresso shot in the fridge for half an hour, then serve with ice and cold milk
- Carry a water-bottle everywhere and keep sipping to ward off headaches and dehydration
- Apply suntan lotion to the face, shoulders and décolletage as part of your morning routine
- Channel your inner señorita and keep a folding fan in your handbag (fan with long, slow waves to stay cool)
- Smile under your sunnies - it could be raining - so make the most of it!