Being sick sucks. It’s one thing to be a little sick and catch up on all the wonderful cheesy daytime tv, however actually being full on sick is quite another thing. The last two weeks I’ve been sicker than a dog (no offense Max). The Dr says it’s a nasty cold, however I’m convinced it is some medieval plague-like disease. And can you guess where I probably caught this virus of black death? Work! Damn you work. The fact is, we need to always make healthy cleanliness habits a priority at work so we can stop wasting sick days on being sick. I know that’s what they are there for, but seriously. Sick days should be spent skiing.
Here are a few good ways to avoid the bubonic plague (or COLD. Whatever DOC, I want a second opinion)
Make sure your keyboard and phone are always clean. Think about it, anyone could come along and and touch your phone and keyboard with their germy hands. I thought wiping down my stuff once or twice a week was good enough, but it should really be once or twice a day.
Wash your hands. And wash them a lot. And then wash them one more time.
Open the windows. If you are lucky enough to work in an office that has windows that open, take advantage. Typically, offices have a heavy reliance on circulated air. This can spread germs faster than human contact.
Use a paper towel on door knobs. Especially in the bathroom. Gross.
Get a full night’s sleep. I don’t know about you, but when I don’t get my beauty rest, I usually end up sick. And also closely resembling Medusa.
Stay Hydrated. Keep a water bottle at your desk and fill it up as much as you can.
Avoid shaking hands. I know this might rub people the wrong way, but I always try to get around it. It’s just plain germy when you think about it. Seriously, who’s idea was that anyways? It’s just a step up from dogs sniffin butts at the dog park.