Take the necessary health precautions to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy — and ready to enjoy the Christmas and New Year season.
Make your health and safety a priority throughout the holidays to make them more enjoyable. As the CEO, you can’t afford to get sick. There’s no time for the flu…or something worse.
Late hours. Holiday overindulgence. Stress. All these things can bring down the sturdiest CEO in a matter of weeks.
Would it surprise you to know that December and January are the prime months for illness? More people become ill during these two months than during the rest of the year combined!
1. You should wash your hands often to help prevent the transmission of germs.
It is flu season, after all. Using soap and clean running water, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds before touching anything.
2. Stay dry and toasty by wrapping yourself in layers of clothing.
Dress appropriately for the outdoors. Wear at least three layers to stay warm. Augment your ensemble with gloves, water-resistant boots, a warm scarf, and a hat.
3. Stress must be managed.
If you’re feeling stressed out, overwhelmed, and out of control, take a vacation from everything. Finding support, connecting with others, and getting plenty of sleep are some of the most effective methods to handle stress.
4. Don’t drink and drive, and don’t allow others to drink and drive, either.
When someone drives while intoxicated, they endanger the lives of everyone else on the road. Make the decision not to drink and drive and encourage others to do the same.
5. Maintain a smoke-free environment.
Smoking and secondhand smoke should be avoided. Obviously, employee health is paramount. Because of their tobacco usage, smokers face increased health hazards, but nonsmokers are equally in danger when exposed to tobacco smoke.
6. While driving or riding in a motor vehicle, always use your seat belt.
Always make sure that your children are correctly secured in the automobile by using a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt that is appropriate for their height, weight, and age. Always wear your seat belt, too, no matter how short the journey is, and urge other passengers to do so as well. This time of year, inclement weather, including blizzards and ice storms, is prevalent across the U.S. Have you got snow tires? Do you keep an emergency kit in your car? Have you got some snacks in case you get stuck or lost? Blankets? Don’t count on your phone to save you. Storms often disrupt phone service.
7. Make an appointment for checkups and screenings.
Inquire with your healthcare provider about the exams you require and when you should have them performed. Similarly, make sure your personal and family history is up to date.
8. Take care of your flu vaccine.
Vaccines aid in the prevention of disease and the saving of lives. Every person six months of age and older should receive a flu vaccination every year.
9. Keep an eye on your youngsters.
Keep potentially hazardous toys, food, beverages, household goods, and other things out of the reach of children at all times. Maintain a safe distance between them and potential hazards such as drowning, burns, falls, and other calamities.
10. Fire safety should be practiced.
The majority of household fires occur during the winter months. Never leave fireplaces, space heaters, food cooking on stoves, or candles unattended during this time of year. Prepare an emergency plan and put it through its paces on a regular basis.
11. Prepare your meals in a safe manner.
Keep these straightforward measures in mind. Hands and surfaces should be washed often, cross-contamination should be avoided, meals should be cooked to suitable temperatures, and foods should be refrigerated as soon as possible. Especially in our post-pandemic era. Whether you should be taking nutritional supplements is a very personal choice. Most people consult with their doctor first before buying things like cod liver oil or papaya enzyme. Over-the-counter vitamins don’t cost much, and they can’t hurt you. Unless, of course, you take them in mega doses! Vitamin C cough drops are a comfort this time of year. And the research indicates they may prevent colds or at least lessen their impact.
12. Maintain a healthy diet and physical activity.
Consume fruits and vegetables, which are high in nutrients and can help reduce the chance of developing certain diseases. Similarly, reduce the amount of fat, salt, and sugar you consume, as well as the size of your portions. Additionally, be physically active for at least 21 hours every week and encourage children and teenagers to be physically active for at least 1 hour every day.
In conclusion, don’t forget, health is wealth. True leadership comes from a healthy mind and body. It’s not your age that counts. It’s your well-being. Be a well-being leader, and your employees will follow.