Around the holiday season, there’s a gift that nobody wants to receive – a cold or flu. However, it’s a gift that can keep on giving if you’re not prepared. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu season tends to make an uptick around December and last throughout March.
The office can be a breeding ground for germs especially when employees choose to come to work sick and not being considerate by covering their mouths when they cough or sneeze. However, there are steps that you can take to protect yourself. Here are five things you can do to keep yourself from getting sick.
- Wash your hands: Make sure you wash your hands properly and often. This is especially important after riding public transportation where you can come in contact with a plethora of germs. Also, use hand sanitizer when you don’t have easy access to a bathroom or keep a bottle of it by your desk. Also, avoid touching your face before washing your hands.
- Get vaccinated: Get the flu shot. This is one of the main defenses you can take to make sure you don’t get the flu. Most drug stores such as Walgreens and CVS offer flu shots on the spot and most insurance covers the costs.
- Stock up on Vitamin C: Vitamin C is also a defense you can take to strengthen your immune system. Check with your doctor on how much Vitamin C is okay for you to take. However, items such as Emergen-C and Airborne can help prevent colds and support your immune system.
- Stay home: If you’re sick, stay at home! This is the reason why you have sick days accumulated so you can use them when you’re actually sick. Plus, your coworkers will thank you. Nobody wins when you’re in the office hacking up a lung to show how dedicated you are. Go home!
- Stay healthy: This is not the time to neglect yourself. Get plenty of rest. It’s said that we should get an average of 7-8 hours per night. Find some time to workout. Studies show around 20 minutes of exercise improves your immune system. And try to keep stress down to a minimum. If you need some stress relieving tips, check out our last blog post addressing it.
Follow these tips so you can keep healthy throughout the winter season. Do you have any additional tips on how to stay healthy?