On Tuesday, I hiked 2.6 miles with my mother. We started at 5 p.m. and the entire hike was in full sun. The high for the day was 112 degrees.
We survived. And we did it without complaining.
In fact, I rarely complain about the heat anymore. I’m more likely to get hostile about the “freezing” air conditioner.
Truth is, living in the heat isn’t that difficult…as long as you adopt these guidelines:
Tip #5: Give up on Being Clean Cute
It’s pretty much impossible to achieve the powdery, fresh-from-the shower look in this kind of heat. I find that the only time I’m really bothered by the AZ summer temperatures is when I am trying to look cute in that sterile, clean way. So, instead, I channel the sexy power of a lady athlete, musician on stage, or dancer. I usually wear my hair up, adopt a cotton wardrobe, and scale back on the makeup. This way, if I get sweaty or flushed, I’m going more for a dewy, just-got-done-with-a-roll-in-the-hay kind of look.
Tip #4: Embrace the Sweat
In my younger years, I was horrified if my perspiration created any kind of sweat stain on my clothing. Today, I’m not so freaked out. I try to avoid it by living in tank tops but if I do get a sweaty patch, forget it. It happens. When it’s 115 degrees out, there’s no shame in it. And, chances are, the dry air will soon suck moisture out of your fabric.
Tip #3: Adopt Ignorance
As soon as June hits, ignore all thermometers. Don’t watch the weather report or check your smartphone for the forecast. If you don’t look at the numbers, every single day will feel exactly the same: hot (with a shrug). If you see the numbers, however, you’ll only adopt a very tangible, nagging way to measure your misery.
Tip #2: Don’t Mention It
Really? It’s hot outside you say? I’m surprised to hear that.
Tip #1: Get Out
Get out of the house. My #1 defense against the heat is to get out in it and do stuff. Go on a walk, do yard work, hike, whatever. Just go out into the heat and gain some experience dealing with it. Before you know it, your body will acclimate, your misery will subside, and you’ll save money on your electricity bill because you won’t be cranking down your AC like a madman.
There. I release you from your Phoenix summer misery. To celebrate, listen to this.