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Beating the August Heat: How to Cool Down During Hot Flashes

August is usually the hottest month of the year, and when you are dealing with perimenopause or menopause symptoms it can be especially brutal. Hot flashes and night sweats are two of the most common symptoms that women experience, and when you’re already hot and sweaty, they can seem suffocating and unbearable. 

Luckily, there are some tried and true ways to keep cool during the summer even while you are having hot flashes. Here are some good ways to stop those hot flashes and night sweats in their sweaty tracks.

Ice packs on pressure points.

Make small reusable ice packs that can be placed on pressure points like the wrists, back of the neck, arm pits, or even crotch. If you can apply cold to any or all of those areas, it will seem to radiate and your body will feel cooler in general.

A hot shower.

If the house is already hot, and you’re already sweating, why would you take a hot shower? If you can get the water much hotter than the air around you, you’ll automatically feel cooler when you step out of the bathroom.

Keep a small personal fan.

If you spend a lot of time at your computer, you might consider getting a small USB fan that blows on you gently as you work. This can be very helpful in keeping hot flashes at bay enough to remain productive. You can also get small battery operated fans that you can clip to your end table and point at you as needed.

Avoid triggers.

Basically, anything that is “hot” has the potential to trigger a hot flash. Everyone is different, and what triggers your symptoms might not trigger someone else. Common triggers include spicy foods, alcohol, caffeine, and stress. If you find yourself needing to manage your stress, you can do so easily with meditative practices.

Still looking for answers? We can help you address hot flashes in a natural and holistic way. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to learn more.