Eco-friendly ways to survive the heat wave

Eco-friendly ways to survive the heatwave | Hanna's Places (Picture by Helena La petite)

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? What can I say, mine was H-O-T! We had a heatwave in Germany and there weren’t many things we were able to do apart from trying to keep cool. I’m not complaining though, I love that it’s finally summer around here! Since showering all day or blasting the (in our case non-existent) AC aren’t really eco-friendly or sustainable, here are my top tips how to keep cool and not put more pressure on our environment:

1 | Have a cold foot bath all the time. Especially helpful if you are working/studying from home and HAVE to sit at your desk.

2| Home-made ice tea: One bag of mint and one bag of black tea in a bottle with cold water in the fridge for an hour: Perfect iced tea.

3 | Take a trip to the library. Or Ikea. Or anywhere else it is cooool.

4| Resist drinking ice-cold beverages all of the time. Your body uses energy to warm these up to your body temperature so you will feel hotter despite drinking something cold. Same goes for the ice-cold shower.

5 | Draw the blinds as soon as the sun comes around (and open everything up early in the morning when it’s still cool). (more…)

Weekend Conversations Vol. 4


Happy Friday guys! And boy oh boy, do I need it! Although technically, this weekend is going to be a working weekend as well, no different to the other days of the week – but somehow it still feels different, right?

June and July are always the months for studying and examinations (if you’re a student as well, you probably know!) and this year there seem to be even more than usual. Still, I’ve got some nice little ‘evening treats’ planned this weekend, with a barbecue today and a picknick, so I’ll be fine. Also: heat wave! Any tips how to deal with that besides standing in the shower all day? So, out of current circumstances, this week’s question:
How do you relax in stressful times?

For me, it’s always different. I admit, very often my way to go is a chocolate bar or other sweeties. I’m sadly not one of the admirable people who go running to clear their head. Maybe one day soon? Another great way to relax I (and my waistline) love is definitely starting a great book – after getting through one of the worst days of this uni semester this week, I treated myself to a few books from the library (I know – life on the wild side) and just spend the evening reading (and actually getting through a whole book – the ocean at the end of the lane – if you’re interested). Other fool-proof relaxations: Getting into my sweatpants, chilling with really good friends, preparing a long and leisurely breakfast before getting ready for the day and cooking.

What about you? What are your favourite strategies to relax in stressful times? Are you one of those “I workout to calm down” girls? Or a normal cake-eater like me?

Picture by Helena La Petite.