You know it is cold and flu season around the office. You can hear the sneezes down the hall, the coughing in the cubicle next to you and the nose blowing as co-workers pass your desk. Yuck! Germs are everywhere! This season, be prepared before you hear the first sneeze that sounds the germ alarms!
There are tons of things you can do to decrease your chance of catching a cold or getting the flu from a co-worker. And the more prepared you are, means the less days of work you will have to make up!
Unfortunately an office can be a germ factory. With poor ventilation and small confined spaces, the chances of catching a bug, are high. That is why you need to do everything you can to keep your immune system operating at its fullest potential!
Get a Flu Shot
The first thing you can do is to get a flu shot. There are plenty of wellness centers and pharmacy’s that can get the job done. Better yet, suggest that your office host a flu shot vaccination day. Having a professional come in and administer a flu shot to your office will increase the chances for your co-workers to participate. And the more people who are vaccinated, the less likely the flu bug will make its way to your building.
Another way to keep your body operating at its best to combat illness is to eat right! Avoid skipping meals, eating junk food and drinking lots of sodas. Here are five main health-food boosters that will give your body what it needs to combat the cold and flu:
- Vitamin C- Eat lots of oranges or drink orange juice.
- Veggies- Eat colorful veggies which are packed full of vital nutrients and vitamins.
- Tea- Drinking tea, with a little honey can actually fight off bacterial infections before they arrive.
- Oats- Eat a hardy breakfast of oatmeal which will help jump start your morning!
- Garlic- Yep, add a little garlic to your meals, it helps kill bacteria!
Once you are eating right, you also need to increase your physical activity. Exercising once a day for even 30 minutes can greatly reduce your risk at catching a cold or the flu. When you exercise, you release sweat from your body which also helps flush out toxins. Living a active lifestyle will not only benefit you during the cold and flu season, it can also add years to your life!
Need exercise ideas? Try walking during lunch, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or even parking in a further parking space when you get to work. All of the small things will add up!
And last, but certainly not least, getting a good night’s sleep will keep your body at optimum cold- fighting condition. Many people run on less that six hours of sleep per night. Not ideal for the body. While there is no “magic” number for ideal sleep, generally most adults should at least be getting around 7-9 hours of sleep every night. Sleep deprivation is not only linked with a weakened immune system, it also can lead to driving accidents and weight gain.
Before the cold and flu season comes knocking on your office door, do what is best for your body and take action now to fight! Get your flu shot, start eating right, exercise more and hop into bed a little earlier! Just making a few of these small changes may save you on all of that sick leave you’ve been building up this year!