Working While You’re Sick — How To Rally When You Have To

Posted by Sunday, November 13, 2016 0 2

It’s that time of year again. Cold and flu season is upon us. And the Maas-Aronson household is not immune. Literally. Ethan is currently in the bedroom dying, and I’m on the living room couch binging Netflix, and not doing so hot myself. And once I’m done with this post I’m probably gonna down some NyQuil and go right to sleep. Why?

Well, I’m not straight-up dying. So I will not be taking a sick day tomorrow. So I need to get my butt to bed. After all, you don’t get an endless supply of days off, so you really need to decide if it’s worth it before you ring your boss (or skip class). So sometimes you have to commit to working while you’re sick.

In honor of me not bailing on work tomorrow, and to congratulate Ethan for hauling himself to school in the morning, here’s a list of ways to help you get working while you’re sick.

Working While You’re Sick: How To Rally When You Really Have To

1. Work from home if you can.

If your job is one that allows you to work remotely sometimes, now would be that time. It’s wrong to abuse the privilege to work from home, so don’t do it unless you really have to. But, if you are genuinely ill, then now is the time to take advantage of that work perk.

2. Change up your sleep pattern.

Sure, when you aren’t sick you may stay up till 12 a.m. watching Hulu, talking to your significant other, reading, what have you. Or you may get up at 6 a.m. to work out or have time to yourself in the morning. But when you’re sick, you need all the rest you can get. So that means eating dinner as soon as you get home then climbing into bed in order to get between 9 – 10 hours of sleep. You’re gonna need those extra hours after working hard all day!

3. Don’t. Eat. Crap.

I am the last person to be giving this advice, because when I’m sick all I want is a pint of ice cream (and one of Ethan’s grilled cheeses). So I totally get the comfort food cravings that come with temperature spikes. But when you’re sick, you need to feed your body what it needs to get better. I know that you know this. We both know you know this. So, drink all the liquids and eat light foods that aren’t hard on your tummy.

4. Don’t drug yourself up.

If you need the DayQuil, take the DayQuil. But watch it on anything that makes you even slightly drowsy, like some cough drops. Make sure you’re reading all the labels on all the meds you’re taking and that you know the side effects. After all, there is no point in working while you’re sick if you can’t get anything done because you’re too zoned out.

5. Respect your co-workers’ health.

You may want to keep those sick days for when you’re really, really sick. Or to tack on extra time to that vacation. But at a certain point you need to decide if you’re posing a risk to others by being in the office. So, if you truly think you are well enough that OD’ing on hand sanitizer will protect those around you, go for it. But if not, don’t risk it. Respect their health, and admit that you really may be too sick to work.

How do you rally when you’re sick?


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