Author: Isabelle Leichtman
After last week’s dangerous heat wave, everyone realized just how important it is to stay cool both outside and inside the office. Across the United States, temperatures reached record highs and the DC area suffered from power outages making the heat unbearable. Even with the heat and power outages, we still had to go about our daily lives and work. Heat related illnesses (such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion) were abundant. In order to prevent those health scares and discomfort, here are a few tips for staying cool in the office.
First of all, one should be aware of the signs of heat related illnesses. It is important to be knowledgeable of the symptoms in order to prevent an extreme case:
- Dizziness and fatigue
- Hot skin that is red and/or dry without sweat
- Strong pulse
- High temperature
Secondly, dress appropriately for the weather and your commute. Look to our previous post titled Summer Office Attire for some great pointers on staying cool while still looking professional.
Thirdly, drink fluids throughout the day to stay hydrated. This does not include coffee or soda which will produce the opposite effect and dehydrate you. The best and easiest thing to drink is plain old water. Drinking throughout the day will not only keep you hydrated, but will also help keep up your energy.
Next, swap your hot foods and beverages for cold ones. We just touched on the fact that coffee dehydrates you, but let’s face it: many of us need that one cup of coffee to get us through the work day. Therefore if you need to have your caffeine kick, think about making it iced to help you remain cool! Also, try salads and sandwiches instead of soups or microwavable meals for lunch.
Finally, keep a fan at your desk. Try to find a small, quiet fan that can be discrete instead of distracting. This is a good way of staying cool all day or for when you need that quick cool down after being outside. Keep these simple pointers in mind to stay safe and enjoy the summer despite the record high temperatures. For further reference, here are a few more sources with easy and affordable tips for staying cool in the office!