Ten Things to Do When Everyone at Work is Sick…Except You
Everyone at your job seems to be sick…and now you’re wondering how to stay healthy at work.
If you work in an office, then there are times you’re surrounded by lots of sneezing and sniffling people — and all of you sharing the same space and breathing the same air. While you may not be able to completely avoid getting sick, doing these things may help:
Get A Flu Vaccine. Getting a seasonal flu vaccine is a great way to protect yourself against the flu viruses going around each year. Head to your doctor early on in flu season (as soon as the vaccine is available) and get yourself vaccinated. It’s one of the most effective ways to prevent flu. Though there’s still a chance you could get sick, the flu vaccine can lessen the severity and duration of your symptoms.
Wash Your Hands. Another of the most effective ways to prevent colds and the flu is simply washing your hands properly and frequently. This will help to get rid of cold germs you pick up from doorknobs and stair rails, and keep you from getting them into your body.
Wipe Down Germs. It’s probably common sense not to shake a sick person’s hands when you want to prevent a cold — but that’s far from the only place that you can pick up cold germs. So take some time when you clean up your office or home to wipe down germy areas — light switches, doorknobs, your phone, your computer, and your TV remote — with your favorite cleaning product.
Keep Your Hands Off Your Face. Whether you’re nibbling on finger foods or you’re a nail biter, your hands have a habit of finding their way into your mouth, not to mention your nose, and eyes — all areas where germs can enter the body. And if you haven’t recently made it to a sink to scrub your hands, you’re inoculating yourself with those cold germs.
Hydrate. General good health practices keep your body strong and ready to fend off cold germs and the flu virus. And that includes drinking plenty of water. Shoot for six to eight glasses of water per day, more if the weather is hot.
Work It Out. Exercise not only makes you feel great and helps you stay fit, but it also boosts your immune system and can help prevent cold and flu viruses from making you sick.
Take Probiotics. Probiotics are “good” bacteria that can help keep the body healthy and protect it from “bad” bacteria — and there’s even some thought that taking probiotics may help to prevent cold and flu viruses.
Make Friends With Hand Sanitizer. Realistically, you can’t always get to a sink when you need to wash germs off of your hands. So keeping a bottle of hand sanitizer handy is a good idea to help disinfect hands and prevent flu and cold viruses.
Eat Well. A healthy diet can strengthen your immune system — and help you prevent flu and cold viruses from attacking. Fruits, vegetables, low-fat proteins, and complex carbohydrates are the keys to good nutrition that will stoke your immune system.
Create Some Distance. If possible, try working off of your laptop in a spare office or work space. If that’s not possible, try to see if you can work from home.
Again, avoiding catching the cold or the flu 100 percent of the time is next to impossible, but by following the above tips, you can boost your immunity and successfully evade illness a little more often.