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November 19, 2023 4 mins

Keep cold and flu season from wearing you down

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Speaker 1 (00:03):
Welcome to Before Breakfast, a production of iHeartRadio. Good Morning.
This is Laura. Welcome to the Before Breakfast podcast. Today's
tip is to set up routines that will help you,
your family, and your colleagues or employees stay healthy during
the winter. Illness feels horrible, of course, and it can

(00:26):
also wreak havoc on your schedule, whether it's you getting sick,
your kids getting sick, or both. Organizations likewise, can wind
up in a tough spot when the entire sales department
comes down with the stomach bug. If you're running an organization,
here's what you shouldn't do. Be stingy with sick days.

(00:47):
This just backfires. One study from account Tempts found that
ninety percent of professionals had come into the office sick,
generally because they felt they had so much work to
do or because they felt they had to spare the
sick days for something Even worse. Sick people get other
people sick, and when they don't take it easy, they

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prolong their illnesses or make them worse. Now, I know
there's some gray area and some of those ninety percent
might be just a small case of the sniffles. One
way to deal with this is to have a very
liberal work from home policy. If your company does this
sort of work that can be done flexibly, then make
it clear that anyone feeling under the weather but mostly

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functional is welcome to work as they can from home
without taking PTO. Anyone caring for a sick child who
doesn't need constant attention is welcome to do the same.
You will buy incredible employee loyalty this way. As for
individual habits, well, I know this sounds trite, but really
wash your hands when you use the soap in a

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public restroom. Do you check that you get a big glob?
Do you really scrub it around everywhere? Front, back, your wrists,
your nails. Does your hand washing take the full twenty seconds?
It's supposed to be careful what surfaces you touch after
washing your hands, too. Door handles and light switches can
be interesting places under a microscope, especially in winter. Make

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it a family rule that everyone washes hands when they
come in the door. Kids getting off a bus can
drop their backpacks, take off their shoes and heads straight
to the sink before getting a snack. Put a bottle
of hand sanitizer in your car so people can use
it whenever they get in after touching the outside world.
Kids can attach portable bottles of hand sanitizer to their

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backpacks or keep them in their lockers to use before lunch.
Put a big bottle of hand sanitizer on your desk
and use a squirt every time you get back there.
If someone in your household does get sick, it can
be really tough to keep it from spreading. I know
in my house, if a stomach bug has hit three children,
it's just a matter of time before it hits the fourth.

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But using disinfecting wipes on surface says like door handles
can help. Aside from hand washing and disinfecting, part of
staying healthy is just taking care of yourself in general.
So get enough sleep. Remember that going to bed early
is how grown ups sleep in. Eat your fruits and vegetables,
manage your stress, and get some physical activity. But if

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you do go to the gym, make sure you use
the hand sanitizer after touching cardio equipment or weights. Bacteria
and viruses turn out to be more faithful gym goers
than many of us are. In the meantime, this is Laura,
Thanks for listening, and here's to making the most of
our time. Hey everybody, I'd love to hear from you.

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You can also shoot me an email at before Breakfast podcast.
At iHeartMedia dot com that before Breakfast is spelled out

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with all the letters. Thanks so much. Should I look
forward to staying in touch. Before Breakfast is a production
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