Surviving the Home and Office Climates

May 26, 2017 | Lisa Chappell

With all the crazy weather we’ve experienced over the past few months, you’d never believe that we live in “temperate” San Diego. It’s hot, it’s cold, it’s raining and it’s windy—all in one week!

We take comfort for our members, employees and business partners seriously, and that’s why we do our best to keep an enjoyable climate throughout our branch and office locations, even if the outside temperature doesn’t cooperate. Here are some tips for managing your own climate comfort at home or at work while transferring funds from your accounts, scheduling bill payments and more from home, work or while running errands.

I’m FREEEEEEZING!

  1. Layer up. If you’re dealing with frigid office temps or a house that just won’t warm up in the morning, less is never more in terms of clothing. One of the easiest ways to combat the cold is to layer up so that you have the flexibility to add or subtract clothing to keep comfortable. However, be mindful that layering is an art. Before you go throwing things on without a plan, focus on articles of clothing made from warm fabrics. And don’t forget your closed toes shoes and toasty socks or tights.
  2. Open up and let the light in. During the day, opening the blinds near your desk or in your living spaces to allow natural sunlight in will help to warm up the area. However, you’ll want to be sure to close them up at night in an effort to retain that heat.
  3. Wear big headphones…and a scarf. Wearing headphones at work is a great way to signal to your colleagues that you’re “in the zone”—but that’s not their only benefit. Your ears are made entirely of cartilage and are primarily completely exposed, making them more susceptible to the cold. Just think: You wear hats, earmuffs, headbands and scarves in the winter for a reason right? Well, in the office, large headphones or a headband and a scarf serve the same purpose by keeping you covered up and away from the chilly air. And you’ll look F A B U L O U S!
  4. Sip on a warm beverage. Your morning coffee or tea just got a whole lot more valuable. Holding onto a hot beverage will help to keep your hands warm so you can type away on Online Banking while managing your finances from your couch, and it warms your core, too. Plus when you have the advantage of doing your banking anywhere, you can even use Mission Fed’s Mobile Banking app while making the office coffee run.
  5. Wear fingerless or touchscreen gloves. While holding a warm drink can help to keep your hands from freezing, you eventually have to put it down. Enter fingerless or touchscreen gloves, perfect for texting or using your smart device when it’s cold outside. These gems allow you to keep your hands warm while keeping your fingers free for typing, texting, swiping, and tapping. These days, there are so many different styles to choose from, it’s easy to find a pair that fits the office environment or that matches your favorite scarf. You can even purchase heated fingerless gloves with a pocket that holds a hand warmer to kick things up a notch.

I’m Melting!

  1. Get a desk or room fan. Being cool is a natural ability of all San Diegans, but keeping cool is a different story. At work, try finding a small desk fan, or if you don’t have room for a fan at your desk, you can opt for a small, smartphone-powered fan to create a comfortable breeze. And if you’re trying to keep cool at home, installing ceiling fans, room fans, and maybe even using some of your equity and applying for a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) so you have funds to build a swimming pool that could help cool you off all year.
  2. Stay hydrated. Our bodies are made up of mostly water, up to 60% to be precise. In an effort to stay cool and energized, drink a lot of water throughout the day. If plain water doesn’t seem very appetizing, make spa water with cucumbers, berries, lemon or other citrus fruits. According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water. Staying hydrated helps with more than just keeping cool—drinking water supports overall health.
  3. Wear breathable fabric. If you’re wearing wool to work, it’s no wonder you’re overheating. To keep cool, you need to be smart about the fabric you choose. Here are a handful of breathable materials to shop for: linen, cotton, seersucker, chambray, rayon and silk. Stay away from polyester if you can.
  4. Pull your hair back or wear a cute bun. We all know what it’s like to be hot and have hair sticking to the back of your neck. If you’re feeling a little warm, consider adjusting your hairstyle to cool off—and guys—maybe rock that man bun!
  5. Use a cooling spray. Most sprays contain ingredients like peppermint oil that are designed to keep you feeling cool. Keep a bottle of cooling spray in your desk, car or kitchen cabinet and give yourself a spritz whenever you’re feeling a little overheated. Alternatively, you could try chewing on some peppermint gum to achieve a similar sensation. You can also check out Pinterest for some DIY cooling spray recipes. Just keep your misting to yourself—electronics and the cat aren’t big fans of water.
  6. Snack on frozen fruit. What better way to cool down than with an ice-cold snack! Frozen fruit serves as a healthy way to chill out—without the guilt. If you’re looking for some delicious ways to work frozen fruit into your diet, look up fruit smoothies and fruit cube recipes online.

I hope you try out some of these tips to stay comfortable whether you’re taking the kids to soccer, tackling projects at work, writing your next blog, commuting to the office or grilling at a tailgate party.

The content provided in this blog consists of the opinions and ideas of the author alone and should be used for informational purposes only. Mission Federal Credit Union disclaims any liability for decisions you make based on the information provided. References to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name in this article by Mission Federal Credit Union is for the information and convenience of its readers and does not constitute endorsement, control or warranty by Mission Federal Credit Union.

Lisa Chappell

Lisa Chappell

Lisa Chappell is Mission Federal Credit Union’s Vice President Corporate Facilities. She has too many years of banking and facilities management experience on her resume to count! Lisa thoroughly enjoys her job and Mission Fed, and is also very active in the Facilities Management, Corporate Real Estate, Leadership and Banking communities. Together with her team of dynamic and enthusiastic employees, and the newly formed Green Team, Lisa is dedicated to guiding Mission Fed and its employees to new levels of greenness.

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