Everyone I know is revving up for these winter months, as it’s finally Flu Season once again. Many of the people I’ve talked to are even getting their flu shots, hoping the extra precaution will keep them healthy! As an assistant property manager, I try my best to stay healthy, so I can stay on the job and make sure my properties (as well as owners and tenants) are well taken care of, year round. So, in the spirit of giving (advice, not the flu, of course), I would also like to share some of these Flu Season Tips I’ve found online–let’s hope some of the “stay healthy” tips work for you!
- Count Your Sheep–Sleep, Sleep, Sleep! If you do not sleep or rest enough, your immune system drops, and you’re more easily susceptible to letting in germs and bacteria (and viruses)
- Wash Up! Wash your hands more frequently, and cover your mouth. If the winter months makes your skin dry, be sure to hydrate after washing with some lotion.
- Drink Plenty–of Water! You have to stay properly hydrated…and need to flush out any toxins that get into your system.
- A Veggie a Day, Keeps the Doctor Away! Be sure to eat plenty of fruits and veggies. Proper nutrition helps you function at the best levels possible.
- Need a Boost?! Eat plenty of “immune boosting foods” such as garlic, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, or drink some tea. These boosters will help strengthen your body’s natural defenses, giving you a little extra protection.
- Disinfect, Disinfect, Disinfect! Wipe down your keyboard, desk, or office space. Even your phone. Here in our office, we get plenty of visitors, and we try to keep wiping down common areas people frequent the most–such as the front desk reception area.
- Rain, Rain, Go Away! Winter months typically bring cloudy weather, and rain. However, Vitamin D that the sun provides is essential to your immune system. A few minutes of sunlight on your face/ body a day are good for you. If that is not an option, consider a supplement. Although it sounds contrary to this tip, if you spend a lot of time outside, be sure to protect yourself with sunscreen (even in winter), as TOO much sun will not be good for you!
- Keep Away! If all of that doesn’t work effectively, keep some distance between you and other people. When a co-worker is sneezing frequently, you don’t need to be sharing drinks or eating from the same fork! Be sure to keep a good distance–even just a couple of feet will probably help significantly.
Although we all try to stay as healthy as possible, we inevitably do end up getting sick at some time or another. When you are ill, be sure to stay home and take care of yourself. Even though missing work seems like the impossible, no one needs the whole office to go down. Do not pass it on to your other co-workers!
Nikki Macias, Assistant Property Manager