Six Tips to Stay Cool at Work This Summer
The summer is here, the sun is out, the temperatures are soaring….and you’re stuck in an office working with hot equipment while wearing work-appropriate clothing that is not at all summer-friendly! So, what does one do to keep cool at work when the weather heats up? Read on for more!
Wear Light Materials
While work codes might dictate that you have to cover up, you can still beat the heat by wearing cooler materials. Natural fabrics like cotton, linen and silk will work to absorb and evaporate sweat so you can stay cool. Stay away from artificial fabrics like polyester and rayon that are heavier and less absorbent. Also, try to choose lighter colors over darker ones as darker colors absorb heat and lighter colors reflect it.
Water, water, Water!
During the summer, it’s a good idea to keep a cup or bottle of water by your desk. It will keep you hydrated during this season where you are more prone to losing fluids. You can also take drops of the water and put them on your wrists and the back of your neck to keep your body temperature low.
Eat Smaller Meals
The warm feeling you get after eating a meal isn’t just in your imagination. When you eat a large meal, your body works to digest the food pushing your metabolism and making you feel warmer. Avoid the heat by eating small snacks throughout the day instead.
Say No To Caffeine & Sugar
Many of us simply can’t get through the day without our caffeine fix. However like a large meal, caffeine also makes your metabolism spike into overdrive, speeding up your heart rate and blood flow. Therefore, it’s best to limit caffeine intake as much as possible. It is also best to avoid sugary snacks and drinks which will have a similar effect.
Avoid Hot Devices
Most of the devices you use while you work are made of metal which absorbs heat. While you might not be able to eliminate your contact with these devices, you can reduce it by keeping these devices away from your skin. Try putting iPhones and other small devices in a bag rather than in your pocket where they can add to your body heat. If you are working on a laptop, try using an external keyboard so the source of heat isn’t directly beneath your fingertips.
Work in Lower Spaces
We all know heat rises and this is a theory that applies to the floors of a building as well. If you work on a high floor of your office building and heat is bothering you, find out if it’s possible to work on a lower floor instead. Basements, as expected, are often best when it comes to working in cooler temperatures.
Being stuck in a hot office during the summer is no fun for anyone. Luckily, there are things you can do to stay cool and beat the heat. The right clothing, diet and office set up can make anyone feel as if it’s not as hot as it really is inside, even while the temperature soars.