Summer Cooling Headbands
Claire Miles - June 3, 2020


By Greta Zwaan

I sought for joy in peace, and rest to ease my weary mind,
Stressed out by such a heavy load, rest I just had to find.
My endurance could hold no more, my limits had been met,
I needed time to stand aside, sweet time to just forget.

But where to find the road to peace, an obscure trait to me;
My hectic lifestyle can't comprehend a way to set time free.
I've always rushed from A to B with no side glace allowed,
I had my life so well controlled; in truth, I felt quite proud.

No one could tell me what to do, I was a self-made man;
My schedules were controlled by me, I had a thorough plan.
'Twas good when all things went my way and no one interfered;
I had no one to answer to, my way was always cleared.

But years of this brought me no joy, though fortunes I'd amassed;
It seemed that all the things I owned would oh, so soon be past.
I had no friends that knew my plight, I kept myself at bay,
They all had troubles of their own; besides, what could they say?

They envied me with all my wealth, they never saw my pain,
I had life altogether, what more was there to gain?
But loneliness is terrible and emptiness is sad,
There seems no purpose for each day, no reason to be glad.

So now I wait; why? I don't know, but life for me must change.
There must be more than fortunes, a way to rearrange.
There has to be a purpose, and someone surely knows,
Why life is complicated, and days so full of woes.

Perhaps you have the answer, perhaps you know the route,
Perhaps you've traveled here before; if so, please help me out.
If need be, I'll be patient, I'll even take advice;
I'll gladly make the changes, no matter what the price.

I don't need independence, I've had my round of that;
I long for understanding, to know just where I'm at.
Someday I hope to thank you because you saw my need,
Perhaps with greater meaning, with purpose, not with greed.

I don't know how I got here, what lies ahead of me,
I'm grateful there'll be changes, I'm grateful to be free.

When it comes to summer accessories, we could all surely use a cooling headband this year. Even if we’re not hitting up the gym or going on a run outside, we’re all walking around somewhat in the scorching heat – and could never deny ourselves of some fresh relief. Cooling headbands are also a great way to cure an annoying headache.  But it’s important to note that not all cooling headbands are created equally, and they all work in different ways to keep you cool (although you’re surely already very cool).  For that very reason, you’ll need to explore all of your options before you decide which is best for you. 

Some cooling headbands include a built-in cooling system, to provide you with instant relief and getting all wet from your sweat. Others, however, are designed with breathable materials that absorb the moisture and keep your sweat away – aka, keep you cool.  They don’t, however, provide immediate relief.  Those headbands that have a cooling system built-in can get cold on-demand and tend to be activated by water.  That’s not to say though that those without the water-activated cooling system are just as effective – but it’s up to you to decide what works for you personally.  In fact, those without the cooling systems are made with materials that can even protect you against dangerous UV rays and are also known to be more simple to use  – since you don’t need water for them to be effective. 

Regardless however of what you’re looking for in a cooling headband, you’re also going to want to be sure that it stays in place when you move around (especially if you’re working out with it) and that it’s comfortable on your head! And of course, lastly, but certainly not least – you’re going to want to make sure that you feel good and stylish in it because truth be told, that’s really the main reason why we get ourselves summer accessories! It’s all about the ‘gram, sweat aside!