The Commonsense Approach To Preventing The Flu.


When you’re self employed and work from home as I do, it’s VERY important that you don’t get sick. Sick days doesn’t exist in our vocabulary, as we don’t have a benefit package as the average person who works a traditional 9-5 job. Basically if you don’t work, there’s no income coming in.. there are no paid sick days.  It can be argued that since I work from home and don’t make contact with a lot of people, my chances of picking up the flu is relatively low. However all 3 of my daughters work at positions where they’re in constant contact with the general public, so by extension I’m in contact with all of those people (I’m their Uber – unpaid).

Other than trying to live a healthy life (food, exercise, rest etc), I find that adopting a sort of commonsense approach to preventing getting sick, works for me.

  • avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • wash you hands and/or use disinfecting hand rubs/wash
  • avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth when you’re out and about
  • maintain a clean house/office/work environment. I try to wipe down my desk, computer’s keyboard and mouse as well as any camera equipment I use regularly with disinfecting wipes.
  • change the air filters in your home regularly (especially if you suffer from environmental allergies)
  • use tissues and encourage the use of it (people around you) so you’re coughing and sneezing in the open (please toss in the garbage after use)
  • stay home when you’re sick and encourage your family members to do the same – don’t be a jerk and be a wholesale distributor
  • get vaccinated? I’ll be honest and say that in previous years I did opt for getting the flu shot, but I’m not a huge fan of needles so I’ve not had it in the past 2 years. And to be quite honest with you, I can’t tell if I experienced any difference from getting or not getting it.
  • bring along disinfectant wipes to clean any surfaces you’re about to touch (like restaurant table tops etc where previous diners could have had the flu)
  • sleep.. try to be well rested, it goes a long way
  • avoid shaking hands? Pound It!
  • fresh fruit and vegetables go a long way in building your body’s immune system
  • D’ONT bite your nails (besides being a nasty habit, gems can reside below your nails)

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While I’m not a doctor I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express! Joke aside, I’m sure the commonsense approach to prevent attracting the flu can go a long way in helping you not getting sick this winter. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

Important: This is NOT medical advice, but tips I employ in the fight against getting the flu.



  1. JT
    November 5, 2016 / 10:28 pm

    The most important thing to do is wash your hands before you go to the toilet. Our hands have thick skin, our privates don’t! We touch lots of things all day with our fingers, don’t transfer to your softer bits.

    • Ro
      December 16, 2016 / 1:14 pm

      I thought only I did that… And I make my son do the same.

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