Prioritizing Your Personal Care & Health
March 2020 has certainly been one for the books with many of us around the country experiencing changes and uncertainty we’ve never had to deal with before as a result of COVID-19. Please take this time to prioritize your physical & mental health and to also support & look after your family, friends, and neighbors. In light of all the varying situations people are going through, we wanted to reach out and share positive energy with you and remind you of how important it is to nourish your mind & body now and always. We also wanted to provide you with a quick update on some the things we are doing internally, along with some of the key takeaways from a training session we conducted for all of our team members on hygiene & self-care, to do our part in trying to keep everyone healthy & happy.
Key Takeaways to Keep you Healthy & Happy
We held a session with all of our team members to discuss the things that each and every one of us can do to minimize the spread of the virus and stay healthy.
- The obvious ones. Wash your hands and don’t touch your face. When you’re out and about take advantage of the hand sanitizing stations. Whenever possible nothing beats soap & water. When you get back home from a public place or before you eat make sure to wash your hands.
- Postpone travel & avoid crowded environments. If you are able to change plans, please consider doing so.
- Adequate sleep helps support healthy immune systems. This will not only reduce the chances of getting sick if exposed to a virus, it also helps in fighting the virus reducing the time for recovery.
- Drink water. This is important but something many of us drop the ball on. Start your day by prepping 1 gallon of water and make sure you drink all of it by the end of each day.
- Eat clean. Try to reduce the amount of processed & sugary foods you’re consuming
- Step up intake of immune boosting nutrients. Vitamin C, Zinc, Vitamin D, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin E. Whenever possible, get these vitamins from natural food sources.
- Call and check on family & friends. This is a tough time for many and just having someone to talk to goes a long way.
- If you need fresh air, spend time in Nature. While avoiding any crowded spaces, spend some time in nature. It’s one of the best healers of the mind & body.
If you or anyone you care for are sick and you’re able to, stay home. We know this isn’t an option for many, so if you must continue to work, do every day things, and/or travel please consider the following:
- Wear a face mask to minimize spread of germs
- Wash your hands often. If you sneeze, touch your face, or anything that may carry the virus immediately wash your hands.
- Cover when you cough. Use a tissue or napkin to cough into and dispose of it immediately.
- Clean and disinfect the environments you’re in often.
- Proactively take steps to minimize contact with others
What we’re Doing to Protect Our Team & the Products we Make
Steamboat Springs has been fortunate insofar that we haven’t had a Coronavirus case yet (knock on wood) and with the closing of the ski resort we will have much less travelers coming through town. Our production and work environment involves no interaction with people outside of our team affording our team a safe space to continue to work during this time. With that said, we are taking precautionary measures to keep everyone healthy some of which we’re including below:
- Minimizing on-site visits to only absolutely necessary meetings after confirming visitors are not sick nor anyone in their households or around them including colleagues.
- Additional refresher training session for all of our team members on best practices for hygiene for the workplace and at home
- We’re sanitizing all spaces, including non-production environments, after every use
- Shifting the majority of our meetings to tele or video conference calls
- Cancelled our conference / expo related travel
- Postponing personal travel
- Flexible hours allowing people to accommodate day to day needs such as child-care due to school closures
A handful of things we always do and are continuing to do (not meant to be comprehensive):
- All packaging is sanitized before being utilized in production
- All equipment is sanitized before use and between every batch
- Gloves are single use and employees are required to wash their hands before putting on gloves
- Lab coats (full sleeve), hair nets, face masks / beard nets, and gloves must be worn at all times in production areas
- Employees and contractors are prohibited from coming into work if experiencing any symptoms of illness e.g: fever, cough.
- Flexible schedules, sick days, and ability to make-up hours missed
Take Care of YourselvesWe urge you to take this time to evaluate and prioritize your personal care. So many of us pay close attention to oil changes and keeping our material goods in tip top shape but forget to take care of ourselves in the process. If we can do anything to help you in that process, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay safe and healthy out there!