By: Annie Morgan
Your nose is congested, and your eyes are watering.
You can barely move and your entire body aches – but instead of staying home to rest you make the trek down to the office.
But what you might not realize is your determination to work is actually keeping you sick and causing chaos in the lives of those around you.
Should you get sick this winter season – resist the urge to go into the office and check out our top 3 reasons why you should never go to work sick.
You’re Getting Everyone Else Sick
As you hack away and blow your nose – your microscopic germs are blowing around in the air and everyone around you is breathing them in.
And because you’re sick, others are now at risk of getting sick, who then continue to spread the virus and it becomes a vicious cycle.
In fact, the CDC claims the flu can be spread to others as close as 6ft away – which means your neighboring coworker suffers an even greater risk of catching whatever bug you have, all because you wouldn’t stay home from work!
Before you know it – an entire office crew can become infected – who will then go on to infect their families.
Your Body Needs Rest
When your body is fighting off infection, it needs rest.
Even if your mind feels alert, your physical symptoms tell a different story.
You might find yourself wanting to sleep – and this is a good thing.
Some people even “sleep it off” sleeping for 14 hours at a time while they are sick giving the virus a chance to run its course and letting the body heal.
Listen to your body – if you are tired and need rest – then rest.
Make some hot tea with honey to soothe a sore throat or sip some bone broth if you don’t have much of an appetite.
Don’t forget to stay hydrated and drink a lot of water and load up on zinc and vitamin C.
You Won’t Be Productive
Be honest with yourself – how well will you really perform at work when you feel like death?
Probably not so well.
Chances are while you’re under the weather you won’t be as productive anyway – and you might even make a bad impression in client meetings as you cough your way through a presentation.
At minimal if you insist on working… work from home. Take breaks throughout the day and respond to important emails and deadlines if you are able – but don’t push yourself.
The worst thing you want to do is tax your immune system even more which will end up slowing down your healing.
Take a sick day and feel better – your body and mind will work much better with proper care.
Do you go to work when you are sick?
What are your thoughts on others who choose to head to the office while they are sick?
Tell us your thoughts in the comments below and be sure to share this article with your friends and family to let them know three reasons they should never go to work sick!