Everywhere you go people are coughing and sneezing, and you just know that sooner or later you’re going to become one of them.
Especially in jobs with lots of customers or coworkers, you’re practically guaranteed to be exposed to illnesses.
Stock up on tissues, and follow these three steps to avoid getting sick:
1. Don’t touch your face.
Germs have to get into your body to get you sick, and that usually happens because you put your hands on your face. Bonus: this should also help if you have a tendency to break out (pimples are also a result of getting dirt and bacteria on your face).
2. Wash your hands. A lot.
Let’s face it – you’re going to break rule #1. You’ll unconsciously slip up at least a few times a day; since you come into contact with most germs through things you touch with your hands, wash often and wash well to reduce the chances of passing bacteria from harmless locations to the places where it can get you sick.
3. Be antisocial.
There are steps you can take to reduce your exposure to sickies in your workplace and personal life. Give people a little extra personal space (sorry, close talkers). Avoid high-traffic surfaces (door handles, shared pens, etc.). And for goodness sake, try to resist group food (I used this motivation just yesterday to pass up delicious-looking donuts a fellow Snagger brought into the office. This tip also makes a stellar addition to any holiday diet plan).
Apologies to every office-mate I’ve already scooted away from in meetings, but I have a terrible immune system. We’ll be cool again… in April.
Have a cold remedy or flu-avoidance trick that works for you? Share it below – we need all the help we can get!