You may spend more of your waking hours at work than at home.
Just think how often you have cleaned your workspace?
There are hundreds of tiny hiding spots for bacteria and viruses. Cleaning your workspace and following hygienic practices seems hugely significant now due to the coronavirus scare.
Here are some easy to follow steps to stay healthy at work.
Wipe your workstation
Coronavirus is believed to be spread by respiratory droplets, which may land on surfaces. It may be on your workstation or personal items, such as your cellphones. So it makes sense to clean the surfaces that we come in contact with.
Before you start your shift, power down, and unplug your equipment. Shake everything out of your keyboard to remove any crumbs. Likewise use compressed air to reach hard to reach areas. Use disinfectant wipes to clean your mouse and the keys in the keyboard thoroughly.
Use a microfiber cloth slightly damped in soap water to clean other areas. Wipe the screen using a screen cleaning solution. Remove all the papers and other objects from your desk and clean them with alcohol-based cleaners or disinfectant wipes.
Wash or sanitize your hands
A quick rinse and scrub are not enough to destroy the coronavirus-you must wash your hands for 20 to 30 seconds. Time your washing by singing happy birthday song twice-at least hum the tune. Here’s how you’ll go about, wet hands and apply soap, scrub between fingers, back of hands, and under nails.
Rinse with running water and wipe in a clean cloth or tissue. If you’re stuck in a meeting, then a hand sanitizer would be an excellent substitute. Alcohol-based sanitizers are very effective against coronavirus. But its always best to wash your hands with soap and water.
Reduce stress levels
Stress can weaken your immune system. When you’re stressed, your immune system finds it hard to fight disease-causing microbes. As a result, you become more susceptible to infections. Corticosteroid, the stress hormone, could suppress the efficiency of your immune system.
The downturn in the market due to COVID-19 can cause lots of stress. So it’s essential to manage your stress. Track your stressors and develop healthy responses. Workouts can be a great stress buster. Likewise, yoga also helps you to calm down.
Devote time to your hobbies and favorite activities. Develop healthy sleep habits, limit caffeine, and minimize computer and television use at night. Establish healthy work-life boundaries. Take time to recharge and relax.
Eat more fruits and vegetables
A healthy diet helps to keep your immune system functioning at its optimal best. Your immune system relies on a steady supply of nutrients to perform well. Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, zinc, protein, probiotics, and probiotics are essential for a healthy immune system. So fill your plate with these essential nutrients.
- Vitamin A-found in apricots, carrots, and Kale
- Vitamin C-present in oranges, strawberry, and broccoli
- Vitamin D-Cheeses, eggs, tofu, and mushrooms
- Zinc-Nuts, beans, cereal, and seafood
- Protein-Eggs, milk, and nuts
- Probiotics-Bananas, wholegrain, onions, beans
- Probiotics: Yogurt, kefir and aged cheeses
Stay hydrated because mild dehydration can be a physical stressor to your body. Women should aim for 91 ounces of fluid, while men should aim for 125 ounces of liquid.
General health tips to protect against coronavirus
Frequently wash your hands with soap and water. Avoid contact with people who display flu-like symptoms or else maintain a distance of at least 1 meter from people who are sneezing or coughing. Avoid touching your nose, mouth, or eyes when outside. Avoid handshakes or high-fives with your colleagues.
Wear Personal Protective Equipment like mask and gloves to avoid unnecessary risks while venturing outside. Disinfect your phone, ID badge, eyewear, and any other work supplies regularly. Remove your shoes outside while you enter your home. Practice physical distancing, bring your lunch in a disposable bag. Shower as soon as you reach home and wash your work clothes regularly.
If you have any concerns, questions, or suggestions, please contact us. Likewise, watch our webinars to get more information on how to stay safe during this novel coronavirus scare.