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Your Business Needs You to Stay Healthy This Winter

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As a small business owner, you have likely found the following statement to be true: there is no time for sick days.

You are an integral part of day-to-day operations, and any unplanned time away from the office could have a negative impact on multiple areas of your business.

If you are sick you are sick. There is nothing you can do at that point outside of getting back on your feet as soon as possible.

What you can do is follow the five tips below for staying healthy this winter:

  1. Get the appropriate amount of sleep. Once you have a sleep pattern that works for you, stick with it night after night. You should never underestimate the importance of a good night's sleep.
  2. Exercise on a regular basis. You don't want to exercise so much that you wear your body down, making yourself more susceptible to becoming ill. On the other hand, you should remain active, even if the temperatures outside are dropping and all you feel like doing is huddling up and staying warm.
  3. Lay off the caffeine. There is nothing wrong with an occasional cup of coffee, but drinking too much caffeine can disturb your sleep and take a negative toll on your immune system. There are other ways of waking yourself up and staying alert, such as exercising in the morning and remaining hydrated throughout the day.
  4. Let employees know it is okay to stay home if they are sick. Like you, some employees may feel compelled to work even if they are under the weather. This is commendable, but at the same time it can drag down your entire office in no time. The last thing you need is multiple employees, including yourself, coming down with a bug.
  5. Don't burn both ends of the candle. Small business owners often times find it difficult to rest their mind and body, but this is an absolute must. If you push yourself too far, you could soon burnout. This can drain you mentally and exhaust you physically.

Will you follow these five tips this winter? If so, you will better your chance of staying healthy.