12 Ways to Beat the Heat
Here's the good news: people have been beating the heat for centuries. Methods vary from sucking it up, to rubbing an ice cream cone all over your body, to taking a dip in a cool lake (I'll admit that last one is most appealing). We all have our strategies. Perhaps this list will help you come up with some new ones, just in time for actual summer.
Go to the movies! Movie theaters are so cold that you might as well bring your polar vortex gear, no matter what the weather. Sure, you just paid $15 to see Step Up 15: Rooftop Flash mob or whatever, but at least you'll be shivering as you watch.
Snack on ice cubes When it's hot as balls outside, regular water just won't do. Bonus points for rubbing them on yourself.
Go for a swim (duh) This one is obvious. If you're too hot, dive into the nearest body of water. Lake, ocean, public pool, Hudson, Willamette, or Columbia River... (just kidding, please not the Hudson or Columbia River).
Host a water balloon fight! All your dreams of being drenched in water, no pool required.
Nap in front of a powerful fan I know, I know — fans technically make you warmer. But sometimes we get desperate and the only way we can get through the day is to sleep in front of a blast of air for a few hours. Psychologically, anyway, it feels better.
Watch Frozen so many times that you convince yourself you're Elsa! What is she complaining about anyway? You'd kill to turn every surface in your house to ice right now.
Make (or just eat) your own ice cream! Sure, you could go out for ice cream, but making your own will increase the amount of time you get to spend around cold things. Plus, if you run out ... just make some more!
Go on a frozen food shopping spree! Head to the grocery store and spend as much time as possible in the frozen food aisle, stocking up on cold packages to bury yourself under once you get home.
Hit an indoor ice-skating rink! Even if you're terrible at ice skating, imagine the sweet relief that will come when you fall and get to touch the ice.
Take a walk through your neighborhood sprinklers! Live in the suburbs? Take advantage of those neighbors who are watering on their off-watering days! At least they're doing you a service, right?
Periodically stick your head in the freezer So maybe this isn't the most economically friendly way to cool off. But it sure is one of the most satisfying.