Guest Post by Claudia L. Meydrech (Learn more about Claudia at the end of this post)
Whether it’s due to the economy, sincere dedication to the job, or pressure from the boss, sometimes it’s hard to take time off when you’re sick. Working when you’re sick not only affects you, but those around you. I can’t tell you how many times my dear hubby comes home from the office and tells me that a co-worker was hovering over his desk, coughing and sneezing…not fun! I would guess that most of us have been on the giving or receiving end of a situation like that, including myself, and hope that the following practical tips will help you:
- Stay home – I know, seems obvious, but as a courtesy to those around you, and because you need to take care of YOU, it is best to stay home and rest. Many jobs offer the option to work from home, see if this option is available to you and take advantage of it.
- Have disinfectant wipes or spray on hand – Have you ever watched the show "Monk", with the charming OCD detective played so well by Tony Shalhoub? He can’t go anywhere without his "wipes". With the cold and flu season upon us, being a germ-a-phobe may not be a bad idea! Keep a container of disinfectant wipes and/or disinfectant spray at your desk, and wipe down all affected surfaces regularly when you or your co-workers are ill.
- Wash your hands regularly – Studies show that this simple act is the #1 way to avoid sickness.
- Carry hand sanitizer or anti-bacterial hand gel – If you are in a situation where it is not easy to find time to wash your hands, this is the next best thing! Hand-shaking is a courtesy that we extend to clients and co-workers, but also a great way to spread germs, and hand-sanitizer is an excellent, quick solution. Another time this can come in handy is when you have an unexpected lunch or dinner date and can’t leave the table before eating. I always have a tube in my pocket-book.
- Do all you can to build a strong immune system – If you get sick frequently, it may be a sign that you have a compromised immune system. There are many things you can do nutritionally to build your immune system, using both foods and safe, effective herbs that are targeted toward strengthening the immune system. A trained Nutritionist should be able to help you reach your health potential!
Love yourself, and those around you by thinking twice, and planning well, the next time you wake up and consider whether or not to reach for the phone and call in sick.
About Claudia L. Meydrech
Claudia L. Meydrech, CN is a wife and mother to 2 grown children and resides in Northern New Jersey. She has been helping people find health through nutrition and herbs from her home for over 20 years. Claudia’s website, http://happynutritionist.com is a popular site visited by many on a daily basis. She also maintains several blogs, including http://www.happynutritionistsnuggets.com, http://www.herbulletin.com and http://weedsandseedswap.com. Sign up for her newsletter at http://happynutritionist.com and receive 3 free eBooks.