As much as we hate it, the truth is that we all catch a cold at some point.
Sore throat. Runny nose. Itchy eyes. Aching head.
But the worst thing about having a cold is having to go to work while you’re sick. Dragging yourself to work can feel like a complete waste of time if you don’t feel well enough to actually focus and be productive at work. There are a few things you can do to help yourself be productive even while you’re suffering from a cold.
Drink a lot.
No, drinking a glass of wine at work in the name of productivity will probably not go down too well. Drinking alcohol is actually not the best idea when you have a cold. However, there are some (non-alcoholic) drinks that can help you focus through your cold. Some things to get you started are green tea, white tea, ginger ale, and good ol’ water or water with lemon. The main thing is to keep hydrated!
Get some sunshine.
Soak up that vitamin D! Leave your blinds up or take your lunch break outside in the sun.
Don’t refuse to take meds when you’re sick. If you take something to help your nose dry up, you can spend all the time you’re currently blowing your nose actually doing your work.
Seriously, that old adage of chicken soup being great for people who have colds isn’t just an old wives’ tale. Chicken soup actually is great for people who have colds. So, do yourself a favor and get some chicken soup for your lunch.
Rest. Rest. Rest.
Don’t keep yourself awake and miserable after work by binge-watching Netflix late into the night. Just go to bed. You’ll recover faster if you get sufficient sleep and just let your immune system to its stuff.
If you feel like crap, you should consider taking a sick day. If you can rest and take care of yourself instead of stressing about how much work you’re not doing at the office, you’ll recover faster. Stress doesn’t help if you’re fighting off a cold.
Don’t worry, the common cold only lasts for about a week. You’ll be back to full productivity at work in no time!