It’s that time of year – we’re all getting sick (myself included!) Whether it’s a cold, the flu, or something more serious, getting sick can wreak havoc on your business. And since most of us don’t really get “sick days”, here’s a guide for smart business planning for when you’re feeling under the weather.
Advance Business Planning
Step 1: Prevent illness in the first place
The best business planning strategy is prevention. There are many ways to stay healthy during “sick season.” Of course, if you want to avoid the flu, getting vaccinated each year is a good bet, though it won’t ward off all flu viruses, so you do need to take additional measures.
Generally, good health practices include:
- Get super healthy to start with – Exercise regularly, sleep well, take probiotics, and make sure you’re getting strong nutritional support.
- Go outside – One of the reasons we get sick in wintertime is that we’re sharing recycled and recirculated air. Go outside and breathe in fresh air. Plus, get a little sunlight to increase energy levels and prevent winter blues.
- Boost your immunity – One of my clients swears by daily doses of her “Magical Immune Boosting Tea” and Fire Cider. I also recommend a highly colorful, healthy diet to ensure you’re getting the vitamins and minerals that help keep your immune system strong.
- Sleep well – Sleep is one of your body’s best natural defenses, so add a blue light filter to electronics and start dimming lights before bed. And don’t overlook the value of a good nap!
- Minimize stress – Meditation and yoga are my personal favorites, but exercise in general is good for stress reduction.
- Stick to the general good health habits recommended by the CDC:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Wash your hands regularly
- Clean and disinfect regularly touched surfaces when someone is ill
Next: Step 2: Put the Right Plans in Place.
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