It’s hard to hear your Spotify when your cubicle neighbor is coughing up a lung. It’s even harder when you are sneezing in harmony with your co-worker.
Yep, guess who “forgot” to get a flu shot? Everyone in the office it seems.
But when you have a finite number of sick days you are saving for when you can’t get your car out of the blizzard in January, you find yourself curling up at your desk and forcing productivity.
5 Items for Your Emergency Sick Kit
Until you get sick at the office, you won’t think you need these. Then the chills set in and you just want a blankie and hot cocoa. Then you will thank past you that you stocked up and hoarded some essentials.
1. An extra can of chicken soup.
Who wants to go out and warm up the car when you are feverish? I keep a can of Progresso Chicken soup at the desk for days like this, when I really don’t feel like eating. Yet my grandmother’s voice is whispering in my ear the old adage about starving a cold and feeding a fever… or is it the other way around? Either way, fluids. Lots of them.
2. A blanket and/or thick scarf.
Why not both? Just tell your coworkers it’s for your back or you forgot to take it home, then watch their jealous glances when you are all cozied up and they shiver and sniffle.
3. Extra Ibuprofen and DayQuil
The staff meeting is in 30 minutes and you are a hot mess. You really should be wearing a surgical mask, but that’s hard to give a presentation through.
4. Tissues, with lotion or Vick’s.
While you probably have these puppies around all the time, switch to the Kleenex soaked in Vick’s Vapor Rub during the winter months. You’ll thank me later when you are suddenly able to breathe again.
5. A sign that says “CONTAGIOUS”
Cough. Hack. Sneeze. Drip. Sniffle. Shiver. That little sick dance you are doing is making it really hard to get even your normal daily tasks done. But your team just keeps piling on the projects! Be a friend, tell them you don’t want to get them sick. Hang this sign on the back of your chair or outside your cubicle. Then, enjoy a quiet day where everyone steers clear of your area.
Rest, relax, recharge, and get better soon!