Lately it seems that everyone around me is sick and sniffly, whining and wheezing, coughing and complaining (with the odd stomach flu thrown in). Getting a cold, or worse, the flu can be devastating for a Virtual Assistant. For many of us there are no co-workers to pass daily duties off to. In other words, you can’t just call in sick. My advice is to always have a friend or two in the business who you can call in emergency. Someone who might be able to take on a portion of your workload for a couple of days if every you find yourself in an emergency situation and unable to work.
But the best thing you can do for yourself and your business, is to make sure those nasty little germies never catch you in the first place. Here are my top 5 all natural ways to keep coughs, colds and flu away from you and your business:
- Ginger. Not only delicious, but also a traditional medicine in many cultures. Add some fresh ginger to a delicious carrot soup or steep several slices in hot water or tea. Some believe it is Ginger’s high zinc content that makes it so wonderful in preventing sickness. Whatever the reason – it works.
- Get your ZZZZZ’s. Countless scientific studies will back me up on this one: getting enough sleep decreases your chances of getting a cold. A minimum of 8 hours is best. So turn off the laptop, and hit the sheets early.
- Honey, honey. Do you ever wonder how something so delicious could actually be, well, bee vomit? (Sorry…I had to say it). The truth is, this sticky treat is antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral – and has been used throughout history as a medicine. Squirt a little honey in your tea to prevent sickness. Already have a sore scratchy throat? A teaspoon of raw honey will soothe the pain and even act as a cough suppressant.
- Don’t hang out with sick people. This is a bonus if your are a Virtual Professional working from home! But a little tough if you have kiddies coming home from school and bringing a boatload of germs with them. Teach them to cough into their sleeves and wash their hands (and your own!) with soap and water often. Also be sure to clean your desk area. Did you know a computer keyboard is one of the most germy items in your entire house? Give it a wipe down…especially if you share with others!
- Garlic. My favorite. Garlic contains allicin which is known to boost your immune system – but it is best if taken raw. It can be a tough thing to chomp on raw garlic…and your breath might keep more than vampires away. Try spreading crushed garlic and olive oil on toast. Ceasar salad anyone?
Want to share your best remedy for keeping you healthy (and your business up and running?) I would love to hear it in the comments! Stay well.