The Summer has finally arrived and you are happy you can put on lighter clothes, drink your favourite cocktails and spend the warm evenings camping or laying on a comfy beach chair. Summer is associated with all these positive experiences, but let’s get back to reality. If you have a full-time job, you can practice your favourite summer activities only during the weekends or during your one-week summer vacation. Meanwhile, you have to find a way for dealing with the heat in the office. The more people you work with, the more difficult it is to accommodate everyone’s request as far as the proper temperature is concerned. Your co-workers might think what you consider a normal temperature is too hot or too cold. The air conditioner wars are undoubtedly a part of your summer routine in the office. Here are a few tips that can help you remedy the situation.
- If your co-workers insist on setting the air conditioner at a temperature you consider too high, get yourself a personal fan. Of course, opt for a compact size and make sure you do not bother the co-worker sitting on the desk next to yours.
- A useful tip for cooling a property is hiring a painting contractor to paint the roof with white paint, tailored especially for roofs. Well, that sounds a bit weird solution, unless the office building is yours, but keep it in mind when you take up a home renovation project. Meanwhile, do your best to keep the sunlight away from your desk. Pull the drapes and turn off the electronic devices you don’t use.
- Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water is essential for staying focused and productive and avoiding the dizziness associated with high temperatures. If you get so absorbed in your tasks that you tend to forget to go to the kitchen and pour yourself a cup of water, keep a bottle on your desk. Alternatively, you can drink green tea. It is not only a refreshing drink, but it also has a positive effect on your health. Chamomile, hibiscus and raspberry leaves are also believed to help you cool down. In point of fact, in the past, when the pharmaceutical industry was at its dawn, the most effective remedy for lowering high body temperature was a solution of raspberry leaves or raspberry fruits.
- Get a frozen snack in the afternoon. However, make sure you eat frozen yoghurt and ice cream in reasonable quantities. If you spend eight hours a day sitting on a spinning chair and don’t perform any other physical activity, you have to watch your weight – you want to feel confident with your beach body, don`t you? In fact, you can make your own cooling smoothies using fruit and ice – this is a healthier alternative that you will enjoy for sure!
- Wear clothes made of breathable fabrics. Make sure they are not too tight or keeping your body cool will turn into an impossible mission. The colour of the clothes also matters. Avoid wearing dark colours or you risk getting back to the office quite sweaty after your lunch break.
- Speaking of lunch breaks, many of us start thinking about what they are going to have for lunch and how they are going to spend their lunch break as soon as they finish their morning coffee. Well, if you have a terrible project to work on, the idea of a huge salad and a mouth-watering steak can help you make it through the morning. However, there are two important factors to mention here. Both coffee and protein-rich meals are said to raise the body temperature, so keep the caffeine intake to the minimum and reconsider the idea of buying a steak for lunch.
- Wash your face with cold water during the day. A splash of cold water can help you deal with the dizziness. If you wear make-up and washing your face during the day is out of question, you can at least put your wrists under cold running water. The wrists and the neck are known as quick cooling spots.
- If you cannot get along with your co-workers as far as the office temperature is concerned and you feel too hot, you can at least open the window and the front door. Even if the wind outside is too slow, the draft will do a good job and you will not feel that hot at least for a while.
Summer is a tough season, but from positive point of view, you can at least take your well-deserved summer vacation. As for the temperature wars, they are an inseparable part of the relationships in every office. Although it is difficult to accommodate everyone’s demands, you can at least try to find the least “painful” alternative for you and your co-workers. Don’t let the heat take over, but make sure the gap between the temperature outside and the temperature in the office is not too significant as your body will find it difficult to adapt.