Let’s be honest, while it might be tempting sometimes, pulling a sickie is the wrong thing to do. It’s dishonest, dishonouring to your employer, bad for the organisation you work for and, accumulatively, bad for the country.
This website www.pullasickie.com is funny but I think it’s totally the wrong attitude. However, if you’re really ill then I think it’s the best thing to take time off work, get yourself well again and avoid getting all your colleagues ill too. If I feel like I’m coming down with something then half a day off can be just what I need to prevent the onslaught of full blown man-flu.
BUT…I think we can have so much more integrity than this by doing the best we can to avoid getting ill in the first place:
- 5 A DAY. Get those fruit and veg down you. Good tips that might help you snack healthily throughout the day – a couple of raw carrots, making a fresh smoothie (out of fruit, yogurt, ice and sugar), a handful of raisins, a bag of nuts, fresh fruit juice.
- WATER. Be really careful what you drink. We get three free vending machine drinks at work each day and it really is not good for you. As I don’t drink tea or coffee I’m also tempted to buy energy drinks to get me through a long afternoon which are probably even worse. A regular intake of water will do you the world of good.
- EXERCISE. Get your heartrate going really fast for at least 20 minutes, 3 times a week.
- GO TO BED. Being disciplined in when you go to bed will help your health immensely. You probably know how much you need to be on good form. From experience if I need to be consistently getting 7.5 hours otherwise I’ll begin to wear out.
- SEX. Well as long as it’s with your husband or wife the more sex you have the better you’re gonna feel*!
- BE PREPARED. Get everything ready for the morning rush the night before – clothes out the cupboard and ironed, lunches made, bags packed, have a shower – that way you’ll be able to wake up, have a (semi**) leisurely morning and not associate getting to work with a load of stress.
- FEED YOUR SPIRIT. We are all spiritual beings designed to need something bigger than ourselves. Explore God, stimulate your spirit through prayer, fasting, worship, simple living. These things help give you a proper perspective of the world we live in and our place in it.
I appreciate that some of the points above might be a big step or difficult but if you’re able to put some of them into practice then you’ll begin feeling a little sharper, more up for work and generally happier!
* Points 4 and 5 can get in the way of each other if you’re not careful but on the other hand 5 can potentially help with 3! 😉
** the number of children you’ll need to get ready will have a big effect on this but get all their things ready the night before and you’ll be well on your way.