If you work Monday through Friday, by the end of the week you're psyched for the weekend so you can let loose. Unfortunately, the typical weekend plans sometimes mean we're not taking the best care of ourselves. So when Monday rolls around, we may end up with a cold, the flu, a stomach bug, or just an overall rundown feeling. Take a look at some reasons the weekend may be making you ill, so you can prevent calling in sick.
- Sharing Food or Drinks - When you're out with friends or family, sharing yummy bites of food and sips of beverages is fun, but it's not a good idea if you want to prevent the spread of germs. You can still try out what each other has ordered, just use your own utensils and straws.
- Doing Too Much - Weekends are a time to do things you didn't get to do all week, but they're also a time to relax and take it easy. Trying to cram in a whole long to-do list in two days can run you down, which can weaken your immune system and make you sick come Monday morning. Get through some must-do errands on these two days off, but don't forget to take time to chill.
- Overdoing It on the Junk - Weekends are cheat days for me, when I like to splurge a little and eat not-so-healthy foods. A little is OK, but when you eat pizza Friday night, cream-stuffed French toast Saturday morning, burgers and fries for lunch, enormous burritos for dinner, and chocolate cheesecake for dessert, by Sunday morning, you won't be feeling too good. So easy does it with the indulging and you'll satisfy your taste buds and still feel good afterward.
- One Too Many Drinks - Who doesn't like to kick back and enjoy the weekend with friends and a cocktail? It's a great way to unwind, but if you gulp down one too many appletinis, you'll be feeling it the next day. The effects of a hangover - fatigue, nausea, headaches, and grogginess - sometimes last more than a day, so you'll end up feeling crappy when your alarm goes off Monday morning. Not a great way to start off the week.
- Missing Out on Zzzzs - When you don't have early morning meetings on the weekends, it feels so good to stay up into the wee hours of the night, but you'll end up missing out on getting enough sleep. This can affect your immune system and make you more susceptible to getting sick. Enjoy your nights out, but try to get your eight or so hours of zzzs as well.
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