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Remember when I said that all I wanted was a cubicle? Yeah, well I got one. In my newest position, I’m a certified cubicle dweller! This means that I can hear my co-workers conversations and make judgments on their lives, they can do the same to me and neither of us have a door or any other kind of privacy to stop the cycle. Yay for the cubicle farm. Honestly, most of this I expected. The loud conversations, the kdfka, I expected. What I didn’t expect was how difficult it would be to stay healthy in that environment. Between the spit-ridden water cooler conversations and the handsy ways that “office treats” are handled, I have been on a mission to keep the cubicle germs off of me and out of my home. And with cold and flu season among us, staying healthy is proving to be quite difficult. Ya’ll, I have kid with severe asthma, bringing illnesses home is not an option.
So since I, like many other parents, spend quite a few hours at work (like over 2000 a year) and I’ve committed to staying healthy as best as I can, I decided to create a “Stay Healthy Desk Kit.” I figured a small kit that I could keep in my desk drawer or cubby, could be beneficial for when cold and flu season hits. So the first thing I did was head to Walgreens to pick up some stuff. Shoppers can save up to $10 on participating Pfizer products at Walgreens right now with the in-store coupon booklet, so I was happy that I could create the kit and save some money.
Once I got all of my “materials” together, I got down to making the kit. And seriously ya’ll, the hardest part was finding something to house the products in. I knew that I wanted something that I could see through since I didn’t plan on labeling the kit and I also knew that I wanted something big enough (but not too big) to keep everything nice, neat and secure. A basket wouldn’t do and a plastic bag was a no no, so I settled on an old lunch box.
I put everything in the lunch box, snapped it shut and voila! A DIY stay healthy desk kit. Everything I need for cleanliness, headaches, the sniffles, and chapped lips is all conveniently tucked away in my desk drawer. No more rummaging through paper clips, pens, staples and the like for a tiny, lone Advil and no more frantically searching for a drop of hand sanitizer when offered the aforementioned office treat. Most importantly, I’ve added another line of defense to bringing home anything that could get my Jam sick. This mama is winning at life right now!
Create your own Stay Healthy Desk Kit
- Stock up on your health-related products. For the month of November, you can save up to $10 on select Pfizer products like Advil, Thermacare, Centrum, Emergen-C and others. Just use the Walgreens in-store coupon book to save.
- Pick and choose what you absolutely need at work to stay healthy.
- Grab a container of your choice–storage bags, cardboard boxes, and baskets are all options. It’s up to you.
- Fit everything into the container, nice and neat.
- Use it to stay healthy.
What do you do to stay healthy at work?