"How hot is it? Well, I just saw two trees fighting over a dog!"
Temperatures throughout the Western part of the United States are exceptionally high right now. These near-record temperatures are enough to ground small aircraft! As a nurse, I can't stress strongly enough how important it is to take special care of yourself and your loved ones - especially the elderly and small children - during this heat wave. Make sure that everyone takes in plenty of liquids, avoids exerting themselves, and stays as cool as possible. If you don't have air conditioning or your A/C isn't working properly, take advantage of community cooling stations.
It's also important to keep your spirits up during this heat wave. Being exposed to excessive temperatures puts stress on your body's systems. Luckily, laughter is an all-natural, drug-free way to reduce the impact of that stress. When we laugh, we lower our blood pressure, improve blood sugar control, and improve circulation.
"It's so hot I just saw a roasted turkey fly by!"
Ways to Beat the Heat with Humor
Go to the air conditioned theater and watch a comedy!
Break out the water guns and start an epic splash battle!
Practice making funny voices by speaking directly into the fan! (Make sure not to get too close!)
Have a "It's so hot..." joke contest with your friends!
Get a giant strap on shark fin and go swimming at the community pool!
"Its so hot they asked the Statue of Liberty to please lower her arm!"
When you laugh and play, you won't just feel better, you'll actually be better. Humor has amazing healing powers. So go ahead and laugh - and try to stay cool out there!