When you think of summer, you likely immediately think of warm, sticky temperatures. But, if you work in an office, you're probably all too familiar with that frigid, dry air that relentlessly fills your cubicle or workspace. So, you're no doubt on an endless quest to find ways to warm up in a freezing office.
You might think there is a simple solution to this problem: simply turn up the thermostat. People who suggest that remedy have obviously never worked with a lot of co-workers. You should basically consider the office thermostat untouchable. Think of it as the Mona Lisa — just don't touch it unless you're willing to face the consequences. And, in most cases, the consequences include a mob of angry coworkers who are ready and willing to blame you for their discomfort, sore muscles, dehydration, and missed meetings — all because you simply turned the office thermostat up two degrees.
Needless to say, if there are alternative ways to warm up at work — and simultaneously avoid unnecessary office conflict — I'm all about them. And, I'm willing to bet you're interested in some alternate solutions as well. I've got your back! Here are five ways to warm up in your ice-cold office, without ever laying a finger on that precious thermostat.
1. Dress in layers
Even if you're not going to participate in the thermostat battles yourself, you need to be prepared for the fallout of other employees' desire to mess with the office temperature. Wear lots of layers so you're ready to handle the inevitable shifts in temperature that will occur. From positively frosty to almost unbearably stuffy, you'll likely experience it all on any given day.
2. Drink something cold
I know, this seems completely counterintuitive, and I understand that the last thing you want to do when you're shivering is drink an ice cold beverage. But, it's actually the best thing for your body. While you may be tempted to make a warm mug of tea or coffee, that can actually make you even colder, as it sends a signal to your brain that something "hot" is coming, and it needs to counteract that by cooling. Of course, you could always make a hot mug and just hold it in your cold hands and enjoy it. But, an icy beverage will do your body way more good. It causes your blood vessels to tighten, which warms you up. I know a glass of ice water seems like your worst nightmare, but it might help!
3. Get moving
Movement is a great way to get your blood pumping, and your body a little warmer. Obviously, you don't want to be jazzercising in the middle of the conference room, but take a quick walk around your office (or outside — it might be warmer!), or do some quick, subtle stretches in your cubicle. Anything that gets you moving is bound to help warm you up.
4. Bring a heating pad
Not only will a heating pad soothe your sore muscles, but it can also help you thaw from your frigid office temperatures. Bring in an electric heating pad, and plug it in under your desk. Or, fill a clean sock with uncooked rice, and heat it up in the microwave. If all else fails, use the trusty trick of filling a water bottle with hot water.
5. Trick yourself
Yes, you can actually trick your mind into thinking you're a little warmer. Sometimes, your body's warmth can be a matter of perception — and looking at warm textures and colors can help to heat your body up. I wonder if looking at a photo of a sunny beach would have the same effect? You know, maybe I'll just actually go to the sunny beach.
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