Question: What is sick season? Answer: Season for colds, flus, allergies, and political stresses
The American Psychological Association reported that the election did a number on the country's overall stress levels and added additional pressure to an already taxed immune system. The cold weather often keeps home and business windows shut, thus creating a perfect environment to harbor sickness. America also has a really bad habit of continuing to go to school or work despite sickness, in turn, spreading it further.
With a team of about 30, not all of us survived sick season. We have Community Associates at all of our 6 locations. They are vital components of Work Better’s success, and they run each location as if it were their own business. They help members with day-to-day tasks, greet visitors, and make sure technology runs smoothly and member amenities stay flowing. With their crucial role, it is important that they remain at the top of their game, even during sick season. We spoke with some of them along with a couple other invaluable members of our team to get a few tips on maintaining wellness over the past couple months. Here’s what they had to say:
“I clorox wipe EVERYTHING during my center opening routine. Keep the germs away!" -Ebonee’ Woodfork (Chicago)
“I stay well during sick season by balancing three things: eating, exercising and mobilizing. I incorporate a lot of immune boosting & anti-inflammatory foods to my diet while continue to work out to the best of my ability. Not everyone can work out when they are sick but it is better to move a little than not move at all.” - Lillian Luu (Wall Street)
“I like to stay healthy in the cold and flu season by making sure I get plenty of vitamin C if I ever feel like I'm getting sick. I also like to take a quick walk outside in the afternoon to make sure my body feels refreshed.” - Patrick Reynolds (Sales)
“I stay healthy by drinking lots and lots of water! I always have a water bottle with me and make sure I drink at least a gallon a day. A gallon a day keeps the doctor away, right?” - Jallen Messersmith (Chelsea)
“Daily doses of laughter and sunlight are needed to keep my mentality healthy during this time of the year!” - Elaine Chen (Park Avenue)
“Regular hand washing, eating well and staying properly hydrated keeps the body defenses strong during flu season.” - Jared Crawford (Bryant Park)
“I’m all about the lemon, ginger, honey tea on a nightly basis. This combo works wonders for me when it’s cold season. I also try and get to bed early if I feel a cold coming on. The extra few hours of sleep seem to do the trick with a mild cold.” - Kristin Donaldson (Marketing)
With New York and Chicago being cities with densely packed populations, it’s more important than ever to mind your wellness habits during winter months when germs run rampant. We are not wellness experts, but we are office space experts, so stay well and Work Better.