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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Tips for Staying Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

Winter brings more than just snow and Holiday festivities; it also brings cold and flu season. With your co-workers coughing and sneezing all around you, it might seem impossible to stay healthy during this hectic time. It is possible to avoid getting sick if preventative measures are taken both at work and at home, so check out these tips on how to stay healthy this winter:

  1. Wash your hands: This tip might seem very obvious, but a little common sense can make a big difference. Washing your hands with hot water and soap is the most effective way to eliminate the spread of germs. It is also important to remember to wash your hands before you eat, so you don't ingest germs. Don't forget that in order to be most effective, you need to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  2. Keep hand sanitizer nearby: There are times when you aren't always able to go wash your hands, so keep some hand sanitizer with you because it is the next best thing. After applying your hand sanitizer, scrape your fingernails against your palm to kill any germs that are hiding out under your fingernails, too.
  3. Antibacterial wipes are your friend: When your co-workers cough and sneeze, those germs travel all over the office, working their way to your desk, computer, and work area. Keep a supply of antibacterial wipes on your desk and use them often. Wiping down your desk and computer mouse and keyboard is a good way to prevent picking up germs.
  4. Take care of your body: In addition to keeping your hands and work space clean, it is also important to give your body the vitamins and rest it needs in order to prevent getting sick. Be sure to get at least six to seven hours of sleep per night. Also eat healthy foods that give your body the vitamins it needs to keep your immune system strong, like fruits and vegetables, and drink at least eight glasses of water per day.
  5. Take a break: Finally, remember that taking small breaks are important. When you are feeling tired or sore, get up and stretch or walk around for a bit. Doing this will make you and your body feel better and more productive throughout the day.

It is inevitable that your co-workers will bring their cold and flu germs to the workplace, so it is important that you know how to avoid picking up their germs. Keep these tips in mind the next time you hear a cough or sniffle, and you will be on your way to preventing picking up a cold or the flu.

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posted by Tiger Leasing @ 10:50 AM

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