Too Cold at Work? Here’s a Few Ways to Help Warm Up
Trying to stay focused and get things done at work is pretty hard to do when all you can think about is how cold you are. Here are a few ways to warm up if your workplace is a little chilly.
1 - Layers, Layers, Layers
If you have to wear a uniform at work or certain dress clothes, layering can be a little more difficult, but it's still possible. If you can't throw on a hoodie or sweatshirt layer from underneath. Leggings under pants are always a good technique. And wearing two pair of socks instead of one will make a HUGE difference.
2 - Portable Space Heater
If you're in an office or cubicle, think about getting a portable space heater. They're pretty cheap, and as long as your boss and coworkers don't mind, it's a great way to keep your whole area warm. You can pick up a cheap one for about $10 at Walmart, or pretty much any store like that.
3 - Hand-warmers and Boot-warmers
This is for those who work outside or in buildings that are 'open.' If your hands, feet, and head are warm, your body stays pretty warm. Don't forget about your extremities. If you're in an office and you're that cold, you can obviously use this too, but if that's the case you may want to talk to your boss about turning up the heat. It shouldn't be THAT cold in an office or any building, for that matter.
4 - Get Up and Move Around
Best way to warm up? Move around. Even though it's the hardest thing to do when you're cold, getting the blood flowing will help you out. If you're absolutely freezing, move faster. Instead of walking do jumping jacks. Your coworkers may wonder what you're doing, but hey if it warms you up, who cares?
5 - Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Soup,
Hot foods warm your stomach and in turn, warm you up. Always keep a packet of tea or hot chocolate in your purse or desk. Bring a can of soup to work for lunch, or go out and get something hot. Don't go for a burger or fries, though. Even though those foods are hot, liquid works better to warm you up. (That's not saying you CAN'T get a burger, just pair it with a hot chocolate or hot tea).
And if you're still too cold, maybe it's time to talk to your boss about turning up the heat. You can use the argument that more work will get done and people will be more productive if they're warm. If that doesn't work, maybe call in 'sick' the next time the temperatures hit the single digits. They probably won't like that, but hey at least you'll be nice and toasty warm on your couch.