How To Stay Cool At Work

Summer has well and truly arrived in the UK, with the hashtag #ukheatwave trending on both Twitter and Instagram. For a lot of Brits the weather is "too hot" - it would be fine if we were on holiday but being crammed into over-heated trains and buses and then walking into an office the same temperature as a sauna does not make for a productive day.

If you are lucky enough to have air con in your workplace you should be ok - but for those who don't we've compiled a list of top tips for staying cool in the office.

10 Ways To Stay Cool In The Office

Coffee Break: Staying hydrated is the number one priority for all, but coffee and tea both contain caffeine that can increase your heart rate and subsequently your blood flow, causing your temperature to rise. Swap your coffee break for a water break.

Work In The Dark: Well, not completely, but closing curtains or blinds will help to keep the harsh, hot sunlight from raising the temperature further so if you can cover your windows this will help.

Fantastic: Bring in a personal fan to put on your desk, or if your boss agrees ask for one to be provided. If you have room place a bowl of iced water in front of the fan so that air from the fan is cooled as it passes over the cold water.

Easy Breezy: If possible, try and create a path through the office for any breeze to come through - a door opened that is opposite a window will allow any light winds to come through the room.

Stand To Attention: Sitting all day is bad for the health, and in this heat can leave you practically stuck to your chair. By standing and working from your desk you will allow more air to circulate around your body.

Flexitime: If you are not bound by a rigid set of hours consider working early in the day or into the early evening. The cooler air at both ends of the day will allow you to work more comfortably.

Switch Off: Anything that you have in the office that you don't require, turn it off. Lights and computers can generate a fair amount of heat so if you are not using them switch them off.

Snacktastic: Try and avoid eating large meals, as this makes your metabolism work harder to digest them, which in turn increases your bodies’ temperature. Grazing on light meals will help your temperature to stay lower.

Dab It: Taking regular breaks from your desk has been proven to aid productivity and when you do this pop by the sink and run cold water over your wrists. This will cool the main veins that run through your wrists and will lower the temperature of your blood flow.

Ditch It: There are companies that have strict dress codes for work, but if yours isn't one of them dress for the heat. No, we're not advocating turning up in beach gear, but lighter, cotton fabrics will help as will ditching the suit jacket and tie. You can dress smartly and stay cool.

Whether you love this weather or loathe it, we hope that you are managing to stay cool in your work place.

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