It’s hard to go to work when you’re sick, but most workers who are hoping to beat a deadline or who have an important day at the office will do whatever it takes to get themselves to work. While it’s important to rest when you’re not feeling your best, there are some ways to cope with illnesses if you truly need to go to work.
Here are the things that you should have in the office when you’re sick.
A water bottle
Keeping hydrated is important if you have a cold or if you’re feeling feverish. Get an insulated water bottle if you prefer your water to be ice cold. You can also select a water bottle with an infuser as it allows you to flavor your water with fresh fruits. Lemon, mint, or ginger infusions are the best for a cold or fever.
Facial tissues with lotion
Your nose is going to be red and chapped from wiping it with regular tissues all day, so to lessen the redness, you can get a pack of tissues with lotion, such as those made by Kleenex or Puffs.
Blotting sheets, sheer lipstick, concealer, BB cream, and cream blush
It may be difficult to look good on the outside when you’re feeling sick, but you can get away with just a few products to fake the look of health. Smooth on a hydrating BB cream, as your facial skin will most likely look dry when you’re sick. Apply a lightweight concealer under the eyes, put a bit of cream blush on your cheeks, then swipe on a sheer lipstick, and you’re good to go.
Saline nasal spray
This will help you breath better if your nasal passages are congested. You can get Ayr’s no-drip sinus spray with soothing aloe vera for only $7.69 on Amazon.
To avoid spreading sickness in the office, carry a bottle of hand sanitizer or 70 percent isopropyl alcohol and use it throughout the day.
Switch out your daily coffee habit for a better drink. You can opt for medicinal teas, such as Traditional Medicinals Organic Echinacea Plus Elderberry Tea, or some lemon ginger tea from Celestial Seasonings.
For more, check out Jobs & Hire’s report on office emergencies and how to be prepared for worst-case scenarios in the workplace.