Winter is coming and so is the flu. We all know the symptoms. It starts with a sniffle, then progresses to 10 sneezes in a row and a leaky nose. Before you know it, you have an empty tissue box and a bright-red nose. Avoid taking time off to nurse yourself back to health by taking a few preventative measures.
Stay Back and Stay Healthy
It’s hard to avoid getting sick when you sit close to others who may be sneezing at work. The flu is the contagious during the first three or four days. That said, most people won’t realize they’re truly sick until it knocks them out cold. To make matters worse, germs can spread to someone just six feet away. How can you avoid getting sick? Maintain space and don’t share office supplies with sick co-workers.
Keep It Clean
Sanitation is the name of the game. Carry a bag of tissues or sanitation wipes wherever you go. While it won’t keep all the bacteria away, hand sanitizers can reduce germ exposure. Consider using sanitation wipes on common surfaces like door handles, gym equipment, and elevator buttons. When sneezing, cover your mouth to help prevent spreading germs. Additionally, wash your hands and avoid touching your face whenever possible. When it comes to protection during flu season, it’s better safe than sorry.
Strengthen Your Immune System
Stay healthy year-round by strengthening your immune system. Simple practices can go a long way. Think daily exercise, a healthy diet, and a good night’s rest. But, it can be easy to push good habits aside when life gets busy. That’s where the iPhone’s Health app comes in handy. Track your nutrition, activity, and sleep all in one place. Plus, receive notifications and alerts when your performance begins to weaken. A healthy lifestyle equals a healthy body. So, gear up with tools that will help you better prepare to fight off germs this season.
Get Ahead of the Flu
Debating getting a flu shot this season? It could be the difference between making it to work or using your precious PTO while sneezing in bed. Be proactive by getting vaccinated at a nearby clinic before you experience symptoms. Take additional preventive measures by boosting your immune system with Vitamin C. From oranges and grapefruit to Emergen-C packets and tablets, Vitamin C comes in a variety of forms. Whichever you prefer, make sure you’re getting enough every day.
Sharing is Not Caring
Showing up to work while sick does not make you an office hero. The best thing you can do for yourself (and others) is to stay home. Use this time to rest and recharge. Make your time-off more bearable with your best pajamas, fluffiest pillows, and warmest bowl of chicken noodle soup. Have a vaporizer on hand? Be sure to make use of it. Vaporizers can clear up stuffy noses and soothe irritated throats.
Winter is a time for celebrating the holidays and spreading love, not germs. Self-care is vital during the flu season. Whether preventing a cold or recovering from the flu, take care of yourself so you can get back to enjoying your (sniffle-free) life.