To avoid getting sick at work or school, stay hydrated, wash your hands (a lot), and make sure you’re getting plenty of sleep. But there’s more to it than that.
Cold and flu season hits us hard enough as it is — but what makes it worse is being around others that are sick. For our children, we worry about them going to school and catching something from one of their classmates. Many of the same best practices we teach them to take to class can apply to adults at the office.
Think: Avoiding sick coworkers like the plague. We know it can be difficult for you to not catch what’s going around the office, but we share a few tips on how to avoid getting sick at work.
6 Ways To Avoid Getting Sick At Work
1. Get The Flu Vaccine
The easiest way to avoid getting sick at work is to be proactive. Getting the flu shot is quick and easy, and the short pain of getting a shot is worth missing out on the horrible symptoms that come with the flu. Many corporations are even starting to offer flu shot clinics in-house, that way employees don’t have to worry about making time to go get their flu shot. If your place of work doesn’t offer this, try suggesting it!
Everything you need to know about the flu vaccine can be found on one of our latest blogs.
2. Wash Your Hands
This is a common workplace rule anyway, so there’s no excuse for not following it. During cold and flu season, pay extra attention to your handwashing after using the restroom and kitchen areas at work. Wash for an extra few seconds with plenty of soap and dry properly. For more tips on thorough handwashing, check out one of our most recent blogs.
3. Keep Hand Sanitizer At Your Desk
People come in and out of the office for meetings and other events, so that means a lot of handshaking and hugs are involved. Be sure to keep a bottle of hand sanitizer at your desk and in your briefcase or purse, especially if you’re sensing others having the sniffles.
4. Stay Home
If you feel like you’re coming down with something but still feel like you’re able to work, ask if you can work from home. If you don’t allow your body enough time to rest, you could feel even worse after going into work. Not to mention, your coworkers will appreciate the gesture.
5. Get Plenty Of Sleep
You’ll always feel better when you get enough sleep. When you sleep well, you’re more productive. Not getting enough sleep makes us feel sluggish and can make your immune system more susceptible to contracting a virus. Be sure to get to bed at a decent hour and shoot for seven to eight hours of sleep each night.
6. Drink Plenty Of Water
Staying hydrated boosts our immune systems — it’s that simple. If you’re used to a cup (or more) of coffee as your afternoon pick-me-up, try drinking water instead. You can even add lemon or other fruits to flavor it up.
Drinking water in the afternoons won’t give you that caffeine crash and you’ll feel much more refreshed. Keep a reusable water bottle handy.
And as the New Year begins and you’re getting back into the busy swing of things, make sure you’re eating healthy, too.
Whether you’re in the office or traveling for work, there are plenty of ways to avoid getting sick. If you’re not exactly sure what you’re coming down with, here are some cold and flu symptoms to look out for. It is always best to make an appointment with your doctor to confirm your illness and the best ways to treat it. And our flu guide provides even more tips to keep you healthy this time of year.