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15 Environmentally Friendly Tricks To Survive Hot Summer Nights Without An Air Conditioner

15 Environmentally Friendly Tricks To Survive Hot Summer Nights Without An Air Conditioner

Ahh, summer time. This means beach days, cook outs, kayaking, and all sorts of other outdoor activities that you could possibly think of. Unfortunately, summertime also means dealing with those hot and sleepless nights that we all dread.

And the unfortunate truth is, turning on air conditioners is not an environmentally responsible or budget conscious way to survive hot summer nights.

Most people would go straight to breaking out the bulky window A/C unit, or flipping on the central air in their homes, but not everybody has that luxury. Or maybe you are looking for a more creative or cost effective way to keep cool.  If this is you, you must check out these 15 hacks to keep cool during those hot summer nights!

1. Use cotton sheets.

Cotton is light weight, and it breathes a lot better than silk or polyester sheets. By making the switch during the hot months, you will notice a difference immediately!

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2. Make the most of your fans.

If your fans aren’t doing anything but moving the hot air in your room, try pointing a box fan outward in a window frame. This will suck out all of the hot air, making it nice and cool for you.

If you have a ceiling fan, set it to turn counter clock-wise. This will have the same effect. It will move the hot air up and out, creating a comfortable air temperature around you.

3. Wear loose cotton clothing.

Like the sheets, wearing loose cotton clothing to bed can help you keep cool while you sleep. And you can even take it a step further by wearing such comfortable fabrics around the house daily.

4. Put ice in front of a fan.

Try putting a pan of ice in front of a fan to keep cool. This will blow the cold coming from the ice, keeping your own body temperature under control.

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When the ice starts to melt, it will then start to blow a cool mist in the air, making it even cooler for you.

5. Create a cross breeze.

You can do this by placing a fan across the room from a window. With both the air from outside, and the fan, you can make a nice breeze travel through your room.

6. Sleep alone.

If you are a cuddler, you might have to try sleeping separate if you want to stay cool. This way you aren’t adding any extra body heat to your sleep area. Which, let’s face it, you can’t afford.

7. Try a new bed.

No, not a new mattress and frame, but you could try setting up a hammock, or a simple cot to sleep in at night instead. Since all of the sides are suspended on either of these, you are letting more air circulate around you, as opposed to a thick stuffy bed.

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8. Stay hydrated.

Try drinking around eight ounces of water before you fall asleep. This way, you are nice and hydrated, and you won’t wake up thirsty from tossing and turning at night.

9. Take a cool shower before bed.

Taking a cool shower before you go to bed can help you lower your body temperature. This way you can go to bed feeling cool, and in turn, you can fall asleep more comfortably.

10. Get low.

As we all know, heat rises. If you live in a house with more than one level, you should try sleeping in the lowest level of the house to stay cool. I

f you live in a single level house, you can try to put your bed on a shorter frame, or even put the mattress on the floor to help get under the heat.

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11. Keep the lights out.

Light bulbs give off more heat than we realize. If you keep the lights off as much as possible throughout the day, you can significantly reduce the temperature in your house.

12. Hang a wet sheet by a window.

If you hang a wet sheet by a window, a breeze that hits it will help cool your house down more quickly. No, it isn’t a free air conditioner, but it will work wonders so that you don’t have to rely on one.

13. Avoid the stove.

Why would you use the stove anyways, when its grilling season? The stove puts off an insane amount of heat, so by not using it you can reduce the heat in your home a whole lot.

14. Get cold feet.

Try keeping a cool bucket of water by your bed, and whenever you got too hot, stick your feet in it to feel instant relief!

15. Unplug your gadgets.

Electricity creates a lot of heat. Try unplugging small appliances and other little gadgets at night to reduce the heat being created at night.

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Last Updated on November 9, 2020

10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

Bad habits expose us to suffering that is entirely avoidable. Unfortunately, breaking bad habits is difficult because they are 100% dependent on our mental and emotional state.

Anything we do that can prove harmful to us is a bad habit – drinking, drugs, smoking, procrastination, poor communication are all examples of bad habits. These habits have negative effects on our physical, mental, and emotional health.

Humans are hardwired to respond to stimuli and to expect a consequence of any action. This is how habits are acquired: the brain expects to be rewarded a certain way under certain circumstances. How you initially responded to certain stimuli is how your brain will always remind you to behave when the same stimuli are experienced.

If you visited the bar close to your office with colleagues every Friday, your brain will learn to send you a signal to stop there even when you are alone and eventually not just on Fridays. It will expect the reward of a drink after work every day, which can potentially lead to a drinking problem.

Kicking negative behavior patterns and steering clear of them requires a lot of willpower, and there are many reasons why breaking bad habits is so difficult.

1. Lack of Awareness or Acceptance

Breaking a bad habit is not possible if the person who has it is not aware that it is a bad one.

Many people will not realize that their communication skills are poor or that their procrastination is affecting them negatively, or even that the drink they had as a nightcap has now increased to three.

Awareness brings acceptance. Unless a person realizes on their own that a habit is bad, or someone manages to convince them of the same, there is very little chance of the habit being kicked.

2. No Motivation

Going through a divorce, not being able to cope with academic pressure, and falling into debt are instances that can bring a profound sense of failure with them. A person going through these times can fall into a cycle of negative thinking where the world is against them and nothing they can do will ever help, so they stop trying altogether.

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This give-up attitude is a bad habit that just keeps coming around. Being in debt could make you feel like you are failing at maintaining your home, family, and life in general.

If you are looking to get out of a rut and feel motivated, take a look at this article: Why Is Internal Motivation So Powerful (And How to Find It)

3. Underlying Psychological Conditions

Psychological conditions such as depression and ADD can make it difficult to start breaking bad habits.

A depressed person may find it difficult to summon the energy to cook a healthy meal, resulting in food being ordered in or consumption of packaged foods. This could lead to a habit that adversely affects health and is difficult to overcome.

A person with ADD may start to clean their house but get distracted soon after, leaving the task incomplete, eventually leading to a state where it is acceptable to live in a house that is untidy and dirty.

The fear of missing out (FOMO) is very real to some people. Obsessively checking their social media and news sources, they may believe that not knowing of something as soon as it is published can be catastrophic to their social standing.

4. Bad Habits Make Us Feel Good

One of the reasons it is difficult to break habits is that a lot of them make us feel good.[1]

We’ve all been there – the craving for a tub of ice cream after a breakup or a casual drag on a joint, never to be repeated until we miss how good it made us feel. We succumb to the craving for the pleasure felt while indulging in it, cementing it as a habit even while we are aware it isn’t good for us.

Overeating is a very common bad habit. Just another pack of chips, a couple of candies, a large soda… none of these are necessary for survival. We want them because they give us comfort. They’re familiar, they taste good, and we don’t even notice when we progress from just one extra slice of pizza to four.

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You can read this article to learn more: We Do What We Know Is Bad for Us, Why?

5. Upward Comparisons

Comparisons are a bad habit that many of us have been exposed to since we were children. Parents might have compared us to siblings, teachers may have compared us to classmates, and bosses could compare us to past and present employees.

The people who have developed the bad habit of comparing themselves to others have been given incorrect yardsticks for measurement from the start.

These people will always find it difficult to break out of this bad habit because there will always be someone who has it better than they do: a better house, better car, better job, higher income and so on.

Research shows that in the age of social media, social comparisons are much easier and can ultimately harm self-esteem if scrolling becomes a bad habit[2].

6. No Alternative

This is a real and valid reason why breaking bad habits is difficult. These habits could fulfill a need that may not be met any other way.

Someone who has physical or psychological limitations, such as a disability or social anxiety, may find it hard to quit obsessive content consumption for better habits.

Alternately, a perfectly healthy person may be unable to quit smoking because alternates are just not working out.

Similarly, a person who bites their nails when anxious may be unable to relieve stress in any other socially accepted manner.

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7. Stress

As mentioned above, anything that stresses us out can lead to adopting and cementing an unhealthy habit.

When a person is stressed about something, it is easy for bad habits to form because the mental resources required to fight them are not available[3].

We often see a person who had previously managed to kick a bad habit fall back into the old ways because they felt their stress couldn’t be managed any other way.

If you need some help reducing stress, check out the following video for some healthy ways to get started:

8. Sense of Failure

People looking to kick bad habits may feel a strong sense of failure because it’s just that difficult.

Dropping a bad habit usually means changes in lifestyle that people may be unwilling to make, or these changes might not be easy to make in spite of the will to make them.

Overeaters need to empty their house of unhealthy food, resist the urge to order in, and not pick up their standard grocery items from the store. Those who drink too much need to avoid the bars or even people who drink often.

If such people slip even once with a glass of wine, or a smoke, or a bag of chips, they tend to be excessively harsh on themselves and feel like failures.

9. The Need to Be All-New

People who are looking to break bad habits feel they need to re-create themselves in order to break themselves of their bad habits, while the truth is the complete opposite.

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These people actually need to go back to who they were before they developed the bad habit and try to create good habits from there.

10. Force of Habit

Humans are creatures of habit, and having familiar, comforting outcomes for daily triggers helps us maintain a sense of balance in our lives.

Consider people who are used to lighting up a cigarette every time they talk on the phone or eating junk food when watching TV. They will always associate a phone call with a puff on the cigarette and screen time with eating.

These habits, though bad, are a source of comfort to them, as is meeting with those people they indulge in these bad habits with.

Final Thoughts

These are the main reasons why breaking bad habits is difficult, but the good news is that the task is not impossible. Breaking habits takes time, and you’ll need to put long-term goals in place to replace a bad habit with a good one.

There are many compassionate, positive and self-loving techniques to kick bad habits. The internet is rich in information regarding bad habits, their effects and how to overcome them, while professional help is always available for those who feel they need it.

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Reference

[1] After Skool: Why Do Bad Habits Feel SO GOOD?
[2] Psychology of Popular Media Culture: Social comparison, social media, and self-esteem.
[3] Stanford Medicine: Examining how stress affects good and bad habits

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