Jan 26, 2022 - Things to Do

Tips for warmer remote work

Dog on a heating pad in a dog bed
Monica's dog stays close to her heating pad and implores her human to turn up the thermostat. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

👋 Hey, it's Monica. Yesterday I shared a couple of tips for staying warm during another pandemic winter of remote work.

  • And, yes, I know this beats waiting for the bus in January, but my old condo is drafty!
  • So I was delighted to get some great reader tips.

🧦 Andrew H. lives in a Portage Park bungalow "where squeaky floors and cold drafts live comfortably."

  • He recommends: "Wool socks, cashmere joggers and an oversized sweatshirt and hoodie."
  • He intentionally bought one pair of unattractive joggers because they're "incredibly warm" and so ugly "I will never wear them outdoors, therefore I’ll have to change from time-to-time. The struggle to avoid becoming a hermit is real."
Dogs in a room
Courtesy of reader Andrew H., who says there's, "Nothing better than watching my four-legged home office mates in front of the heat register from my desk."

🍲 Madeleine B: "My new favorite thing while working from home this winter: The 'simmer pot' recipe from Williams-Sonoma. It smells so incredible all day and adds some much-needed moisture to the air in my very drafty and dry apartment."

🏃 Will C: Tips to stay warm without "insane heating costs" include:

  • Work in a room you can close off and use a standing oil heater.
  • Wool layers. Thick socks and good slippers. A cap or hoodie, too.
  • Get up and move! Do a few reps of an exercise: pushups, jumping jacks, lunges, squats, sit-ups, curls or even walking up and down the stairs. It doesn't take much time to get the blood pumping.
  • Lap cats. It's a symbiotic relationship, keeping each other warm.

🛀 Final tips: Put a heating pad on your office chair and in your dog's bed.

  • Consider working in your bathtub if your restroom stays warm like mine.
Woman working in a bathtub
Monica tries out working from a small warm room with layers and a dog to keep her toasty. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios
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