3. Find Shade
Another great tip for staying cool in the heat is making and finding shade. If working at home or in the office, try drawing curtains if possible and sitting in a spot of shade - you will naturally feel cooler when the sun isn’t beaming into the room or on you. If possible, try to change the room you're working in to one that doesn't face the sun to stay comfortable throughout the day.
If there is a slight breeze, you can draw the shades with the window cracked to let in some of that cool air. But if there isn’t any breeze, keep the windows shut so you don’t make it hotter. If you are working from home or can do this in the office, open windows in the evening as this is when cooler air can circulate through the room and bring the temperature down for the night and next day.
Everyone knows that staying hydrated and drinking plenty of water is key. But it's even more important to stay hydrated at work when it's hot outside. Sweating is your body’s way to help cool you down when it’s hot, but you lose fluid when you do. To make sure that you stay hydrated, it’s important to drink small amounts of water regularly instead of waiting until you’re thirsty. This way you can ensure you are giving enough to your body during the day.
Make sure to start your day by drinking a glass of water, and bring a bottle of water to work so you always have water on hand. It’s also a good idea to invest in an office water dispenser for work – this allows access to refreshing cold water at all times for yourself and other employees if you need a refill.
There are lots of benefits of having a water dispenser at work and even better, it’s great for sustainability. With cold, hot and sparkling water on demand, you can choose drinks you enjoy and can even eliminate the need to buy single-use plastic with glass cups and water bottles. For inspiration on where to put it, we have a helpful article about where you should place office water dispensers.