How to beat the indoor heat

Temperatures are starting to drop outdoors, so furnaces are revving up indoors. I’m already feeling the effects of the warm, dry air that blasts from vents – like being extra thirsty and my skin is super dry – and it’s not even a winter wonderland out yet.

Over the years, I’ve noticed that heating in offices is particularly intense, and because people spend long hours in offices all week, it’s also extremely dehydrating.

So, how can we combat the dehydration that comes with hours spent in the office in the fall and winter?

Operation hydration: First, drink water. Lots of water. I usually abide by Rachel Hollis’ rule of thumb of drinking half my body weight in ounces every day, which is about two litres a day for me. And now that I’m combatting the indoor heat, I’m going to try to drink a half-litre more.

Lather up: Next, moisturize. My favourite moisturizer to have handy at my desk is l’Occitane’s Shea Butter Hand Cream. It’s non-greasy and so luxurious, which is perfect to beat the dryness that comes along with repeated hand-washing.

Humidifiers to the rescue: If you want to get even more serious and moisten the air, consider putting a small humidifier near your desk. They come in different looks, so one is sure to jive with your office’s aesthetic. Another perk of humidifiers? You’ll get extra steps each day as you walk to the kitchen to refill the water tank.

Be-leaf in yourself: If you have a green thumb, you might want to enlist a plant for its humidifying effects. Two of my fave houseplants – the peace lily and bamboo palm – are excellent humidifiers. Learn more about humidifying plants here.

What other tips do you have for beating the indoor heat? Share in the comments.

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