‘Tis the season again. No, not the holidays: flu season. And unfortunately, the flu quickly spreads within an office. While the idea of isolating your sick co-workers into contamination rooms is certainly tempting, there are other, much friendlier, ways to stay healthy during the flu season.
Keep Hand Sanitizer Handy
Walking around the office with rubber gloves isn’t exactly style-friendly, and it’s too hard to avoid using doorknobs and faucet handles completely. The way to combat this is by keeping a small bottle of hand sanitizer close by your desk so you can quickly kill the flu germs.
Stay More Hydrated Than Usual
Your body gets sick when your immune system is weak. This can happen due to lack of sleep, too much stress, and not enough liquids to keep you healthily hydrated. Keep an extra water bottle or two at your desk to remind you to drink more H2O while at work.
Avoid the Office Crowd
While it’s appealing to huddle around the week’s shipment of fruit or bagels, avoid the shared food entirely or wait until the crowd dissipates. The more people you’re around, the higher the chances you’ll get in contact with the very germs of someone who is sick. Avoid the crowd, avoid the flu.
Take Some More Vitamins
As soon as you hear the first sneeze of the season, start ramping up your vitamin intake. Consult with your doctor, if a surge in vitamins might affect any of your current medications. Otherwise, enjoy a nice glass of orange juice for vitamin C or start taking a daily multi-vitamin.
You can’t always avoid your sick co-workers, especially when they sit next to you in a meeting, across from you at your desk, or simply leave their gems in those common areas of a workplace. But, by following these few simple tricks, you can be the last healthy one standing during the onslaught of the flu season.