Staying Healthy During the Flu Season
It’s that time of year again—when our bodies become more susceptible to the common cold, the flu and other highly contagious illnesses. Avoiding these can seem impossible, especially when we're surrounded by our sick colleagues all day. Here are a few effective tips we can all use to stay healthy all year long.
Tip #1: Keep your distance
This can be especially challenging for those who work in an open office—yet carriers of the flu can spread their illness up to 6 feet away. The best thing to do if you absolutely can't avoid exposure is to encourage your coworkers to be mindful of others and to disinfect common areas. This includes all areas, especially in the kitchen, conference rooms and, of course- desks.
Tip #2: Be mindful of your diet
The best thing you can do during cold and flu season is to make healthy choices, including sticking to a well-balanced diet and staying hydrated. If you are too busy to pack a lunch for work every day, try to make healthy choices if you are faced with options in the cafeteria or at a local restaurant. Superfoods—such as raw juices, fruits and vegetables, soup and yogurt—are some of the best power foods that strengthen the immune system during cold and flu season.
Tip #3: Wash your hands often
The refrigerator, doorknob and kitchen sink all have one thing in common: They are breeding grounds for the cold and flu viruses. So be sure to wash your hands!
Tip #4: Try not to share
More things to steer clear of are shared dish towels, silverware and cups. In order for you to stay healthy, bring in your own utensils and wash everything thoroughly with soap and hot water.
Tip #5: If possible, work from home
No, not everyone has the ability to work from home. But if you can, do so if you are sick. The benefit of modern technology is that many professionals can take their work anywhere. Fighting off these illnesses can be impossible if you do not take some time to rest and reboot the immune system.
Tip #6: Make health a priority
Just like a clean and healthy diet, regular, physical activity is essential for staying healthy all year long. If you catch a cold, but are going stir-crazy, take it down a few notches. While we may still want to challenge ourselves physically, it's important to rest in order to kick the common cold. If you absolutely can not take a day off and only have a mild cold, skip your evening run and opt for a brisk walk during your lunch hour. If you live in colder climates, don't forget to dress warmly.
The truth is, a sick office environment is distracting. Whether it's you or your coworker who is sick, be sure to have these tips in mind. In the event you do get sick, take the proper precautions—like working from home and maintaining a healthy diet—so you can get back to your normal day to day!