Staying Safe When You Are An Essential Worker

*Whenever you use your phone while at work, be sure to wash your hands before, and sanitize it at the end of the day.

*Wear a face covering whenever in contact with others and if you interact with the public regularly, keep the face covering on.

*Throughout the day, if possible, stop briefly to assess how you feel emotionally.  If you’re feeling anxious, take a few deep breaths to calm yourself down.  If you need to, say a prayer or meditate.  Do whatever you need to make it through the day.

*To go the extra mile, check with your co-workers to make sure they’re feeling okay.  Talk openly about your feelings and encourage them to do the same.

*When it’s time to go home, make sure you wash your hands thoroughly.

BEING SAFE AT HOME

When you come home, you want to make sure you leave germs at the door.

*Have a spot at the door designated for your items you want to wipe down.  Leave wipes or other cleaning items near the door to wipe down items that need it.

*Have a pair of house shoes that you can change into.

*Immediately wash your hands.

*Sanitize your phone with alcohol wipes or disinfectant wipes.

*As soon as you’re inside, change your clothes and put them inside a garbage bag and wash them immediately in the warmest water according to the manufacturers label.

*It is recommended by some healthcare professionals that you immediately take a shower to make sure all germs are removed from your body.

Another facet of your overall health during this pandemic is to make sure you do basic care of your body by eating a balanced meal, stay hydrated, and get 7 – 8 hours of sleep.  Doing these things as well as eating immune rich foods will contribute to good health and help you maintain a strong immune system to fight off any pathogens.

When you’re home, find time to do what makes you happy.  Listen to music, watch a movie, or play games with the family.  Do whatever it takes to keep your mental, physical, and emotional self intact.

Essential workers are vital to getting all our lives back to normal, or our ‘new’ normal.