So you’ve just sneezed for the third time this morning. Co-workers seem to take an extra step back when talking to you. The office hand sanitizer supply appears to have doubled overnight. Face it, you’re in the midst of the annual cold and flu season. While sometimes getting sick is unavoidable- here are a few things you can do to stay healthy.
Drink lots of water.
Hydration is the key to staying well all year round- don’t let the cold be an exception! You should be drinking at least 8 cups of water a day. Here at PCG- we like to stay hydrated with S’well Bottles, they keep your beverages cold for 24 hours and hot for 12!
Vitamin C is your best friend.
This means plenty of orange juice should be consumed (or anything else with a high Vitamin C content). Check your local grocery store for some Vitamin C tabs you can throw into your favorite drinks if you’re not big on oranges.
Get plenty of sleep.
Sometimes it’s difficult to achieve a full 7-8 hours of sleep every night- especially when the holidays demand all of your conscious attention. Set a sleeping schedule and stick to it. The more sleep you get, the more likely you’ll wake refreshed and stay less susceptible to illness.
Don’t overwork yourself.
Your hardworking nature is helpful in many aspects of the workforce. It’s important, however, to be familiar with your stress limits and know when to slow down.
Take a sick day.
Turns out, lots of people dread taking sick days. Our friends at Career Contessa say that it’s okay to take the day to recuperate. Your sick day will give you a greater chance of bouncing back- rather than trying to push through your work while you’re under the weather. Besides, you’ll be less likely to get others sick if you stay home!