WORKPLACE / DEC. 19, 2014
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How to Stop Getting Sick at Work in the Winter Season

The winter season is also the season where most people fall ill. It can really throw a spanner into your holiday work plans. You don’t want to fall behind, or worse end up sitting in bed all day. There are precautions you can take to make sure you don’t become a victim of the usual winter flu bugs. In this article, we’re going to show you how you can make sure you don’t get sick at work this year.

Get More Sleep

Your immune system needs to stay strong at this time of year. If you aren’t getting your usual eight hours per night, your immune system will become more prone to infection. People who don’t sleep tend to fall ill because they’re overstretching themselves. Our bodies heal and rejuvenate when we’re in a state of deep sleep. Make sure you aren’t compromising on sleep for the sake of work.

Eat Right

Another aspect of your day that contributes to immune system strength is diet. If you aren’t eating the right foods and getting your daily supply of vitamins and minerals your body won’t heal or run how it should. There are literally hundreds of different illnesses you can get because of a poor diet, and seasonal flu is one of them.

There are no magic bullets when it comes to this. Eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Don’t use the excuse that your favourites are out of season to not get your fill. Make sure you’re eating at least five different types of fruit or vegetable each day.

Wrap Up Warm

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t get colds by being cold. This is a myth because colds are viral infections. It doesn’t mean you can go out into the open without wrapping up, though. Low temperatures put a lot of strain on the immune system. You may not get a cold as a result of going to work without a coat, but you will increase your risk of contracting some form of viral infection.

On a side note, make sure you never go outside with wet hair. This decreases the body temperature around the head area. Dry off before leaving the house for your daily commute.

Stay Away from the Sick

Diseases, even the minor ones, spread quickly. Always make a point of avoiding people who look like they’re coming down with something. Be willing to raise any concerns if you’re in contact with someone who’s about to go down with the latest bug.

Don’t feel like you’re doing something wrong by raising concerns. In a cramped office environment a single person getting ill and carrying on could bring down the entire office. Of course, you don’t need to make a big issue of it publicly, but a quiet word in the right ear is the correct thing to do.

Fallen Sick? Get Some Rest

Most bouts of illness don’t start severely. Most people will report a cold and maybe some fatigue. The key to what happens next is in how they act. If they rest immediately, it’s unlikely they’ll get any worse. Attempting to soldier on doesn’t give the body the chance to heal. It’s going to increase the chances of the illness progressing. The time you save by not resting you’ll lose later when your body forces you to rest.

Remember, if you feel ill you have to examine yourself. Think about whether you need some rest. Don’t be afraid to take it. It doesn’t make you weak or lazy. You have to take care of number one during this tricky time of the year.

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