I know that it's been a very long time since but i'm back with more motivation to stay healthy. From personal experience, I can tell you that one of the hardest things is keeping yourself healthy when everyone else in the workplace is ill. However with these tips, I hope that illness does not descend upon thee but if it does I wish fair riddance.
RULE 1: Don't Allow stress to influence the onset of cold and flu symptoms
Related link: Stress Intensifies Cold and Flu Symptoms
I've found having a positive attitude when stress is attempting an entrance has proved wonders. (n.b. characteristics of this attitude included humming, random smirks and not giving off that "Oh shucks, where is it?!" vibe) Yes, there is the possibility of your co-workers wondering if you have gone cuckoo. But, which do you prefer:have your co-workers entertained for a day or two or reap the rewarding effects that are the aftermath of taking on the stress and having to stay home for days since the virus floored you. Especially,with stress holds the door opens for all the 'vermin' and all.
RULE 2: If you can't make it, you can't make it
I don't know for the rest of you outside there, but, personally I push my body very hard. However, after so much pushing there come a time when you push until you can push no more. At this point in time. there may be nothing else that can be done but take a rest. Pre-empting resting, especially when you are ill eventually causes more loss of productivity on the workplace. For instance, If you didn't take a day off on a day you were feeling rotten to the core, can you imagine having to take off a few days later down the road when there may be some very important things to get done?
RULE 3: Don't allow 'that' co-worker to spoil your return to work
Yes, you already know exactly who I am talking about. The one co-worker who you have to interact with on a daily basis but who aggravates every individual cell of your body on all matters, important or not. As much as some of you young ones may dread the return the work, it is a necessity.
I hope that these have helped somewhat and I look forward to hearing from you.