Considering the world is mid-pandemic, we put together this personal hygiene 101 checklist! Why? Because as we continue to adjust to the "new normal" of everyday life, we may find ourselves forgetting to do parts of our typical personal hygiene routine.
Personal Hygiene is how you care for you body. It is quite literally the foundation from which we can begin to build up our healthy lifestyle habits. Here is a quick personal hygiene check in the form of questions:
We know we know...sorry to bring this up for the millionth time. But wearing a mask is the only way you can guarantee that you protect your immune system from the potentially comprised health of others.
It's also the best way to ensure you don't by accidentally spread anything.
If you plan on not getting sick during the pandemic wearing a mask (in public places/wherever you feel you need to) is the best place to start.
There is no such thing as being over-reminded to drink more water...it is the easiest self-care practice to forget. When you wake up drink a big glass and try to drink 5 more throughout your day. The more you drink the better you will feel.
With the winter months coming up it's important to pay extra attention to the hygiene of your nails. Be sure to clean out any dirt underneath your nails as bacteria is known to live there. Also if you're a nail biter...try to bite your nails less.
Not to bring this up AGAIN, but washing your hands is VERY important these days. Make sure you wash them after you go out in public, before you eat or prepare food, and after you use the bathroom (especially in public). Wash for at least 30 seconds and really get into, girl!
We won't explain why this is important, you already know!
Did you know that gum disease affects 1 out of 2 people in the world? That's right...almost half of the population struggles with gum disease. The easiest way to prevent gum disease (and getting activities and other oral infections) is to brush! your! teeth! two times a day. For 1-2 minutes if possible.
Try your best not to skip this important self-care step, even when you are already 1/2 asleep in your bed. Your mouth deserves to feel happy and be healthy.
While you do not need to wash your hair everyday, washing your body daily is the best way to keep your skin clean.
When it comes to using soap when you shower, everyone's preference differs. Some people like to live by the saying that they "would not put anything on their skin that they would not put in their mouth." In general more natural soaps are better for your skin, but wherever you are on your perspective with this is great for now!
Just remember to keep that beautiful body of yours clean.
Eating an immune boosting diet is a great way to increase your immunity during the winter and flu season. Load up on turmeric, ginger, apples, sweet potatoes, blueberries, nuts and spinach whenever you can.
Regularly exercising can also help keep our immune systems high.
Science suggests we all need 7-9 hours of sleep at night. Of course we are all different, but making sure your body feels well rested is one of the keys to staying healthy (which is the main point of practicing personal hygiene).
This is the number one way to feel into whether your personal hygiene health is up to date or not. Take a moment to check in with your physical self. How does your skin feel? your mouth? your energy? your body?
If you notice an area of personal hygiene that needs improvement, take steps to give yourself that extra care you need. As always, if you have any questions feel free to post in the group chat.