Beat the Heat in the Office

The weather’s warming up again, but unlike summer time when you were in high school, we still have to report to the office everyday for our regularly scheduled jobs. It’s important to stay cool while  you’re at the office during the summer months, but shorts and flip flops usually aren’t valid options. Below are some ways you can beat the heat within the boundaries of work appropriate behavior.


Dress in layers: Even when it’s hot out, your office may have varying temperatures depending on the room. To make sure you’re prepared for whatever the temperature holds throughout the day, dress in layers like light blazers and cardigans so you can easily read and react to the appropriate attire and climate.


Opt for lighter fabrics and a little extra skin: Whereas winter calls for wool, heavy knits, and fleece-lined everything, go for lighter fabrics in the summer when you can’t wear shorts. Cotton and linen are very breathable and light and will help reduce how much you sweat during the day. Also, within the bounds of your job’s culture, opt for sleeveless dresses, boatneck shirts, and all-around less fabric on your body.    


Drink plenty of water: Water is one of the main ways your body stays cool in multiple ways. Firstly, cool water will instantly quench your thirst, so always make sure you have a full glass with fresh ice at your desk. Your body also uses water to get rid of excess heat via sweat, which will help you stay cool. Lastly, water is one of the main ways your body gets rid of waste, so staying hydrated will help your body flush toxins from your body with ease.


Cold Snacks: You can also opt for snacks that will keep you nice and cool throughout the day. Cold or frozen fruits, for example, are perfect summer snacks because they’re full of nutrients, pure sugars, and water. You can also freeze yogurt or fruit juice to make your regular snacks more suitable to the heat.
Small Fans or Mists: As your desk space allows, plug in a small desk fan next to your computer for a small steady breeze throughout the day. You can also purchase a small mister from the Dollar Store or Target and spritz yourself throughout the day. You could also infuse the water with rose petals for a fragrant misty experience.