Tips to stay cool in the Greek heatwave (survival guide)

If you want to enjoy the Cretan summer and be comfortable without getting bothered, here's how to keep yourself cool: 

Say no to:

- Sunbathing especially between 11am and 3pm can be extremely dangerous causing exhaustion or heat strokes  

- Heavy diet and alcohol increase the body temperature and light meal is a key, since anything heavy is an enemy during a heatwave.

-Hard physical activities & Workouts particularly in areas with high temperature, stillness wind and high humidity.

- Dark colours clothes heat up faster than white clothes in the sun, as greedily absorbs into the fabric.

- Walking for a long time, running under the sun and trips with many embarkations-disembarkations.

Say Yes to:

- Stay in shady and cool places away from crowded areas and always wear a hat.

- Shut out the sun between 11am and 3pm, when the sun is strongest and open the windows at night to cool.

- Keep hydrated with fruits and veggies rich in tannins, such as grapes, bananas, apricots, nectarines, beans and peaches will offer yourself the proper refreshing, moisturizing drink/meal.

- Choose to wear cotton and light-colored clothes made of natural fabrics to help body ventilation and sweat evaporation.

- Showers in lukewarm water will be more effective keeping cool in summer (water temperature about 33⁰C) rather than a cold shower (water temperature 20-25⁰C). 


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