Good personal hygiene involves keeping all parts of the external body clean and healthy. It’s always viewed as one of the most important human aspects we need to maintain and these days it may even be key to our survival.
This article will explain why personal hygiene is important for maintaining both physical and mental health and what lies beyond personal hygiene.
In people with poor personal hygiene, the body provides an ideal environment for germs and viruses to grow and thrive leaving us vulnerable to disease.
In a social and emotional context, people may avoid a person with poor personal hygiene, which may result in isolation and loneliness. Also, in this time that a pandemic is upon us, it’s not enough to just practice personal hygiene. We must also religiously follow safety protocols for our own protection as well as those close to us.
This is because good personal hygiene goes beyond smelling nice and looking clean; proper hygiene also prevents the spread of germs and viruses that lead to respiratory ailments like Covid 19.
Let’s talk about different personal hygiene practices and how to do them effectively.
Dental hygiene. For a healthy mouth and smile, it’s recommended to brush the teeth for 2 minutes at least twice a day – once before breakfast and once before bed.
Handwashing. The importance of handwashing cannot be downplayed especially now that we are in the middle of a pandemic. Regular hand washing is one of the best ways to avoid spreading viruses.
In washing our hands, always make sure that we use soap and not just run our hands under running water. Here is an outline of five simple steps for effective handwashing:
- Wet the hands with clean, running water, then turn off the tap and apply soap.
- Lather the hands by rubbing them together with the soap, remembering to reach the backs of the hands, between the fingers, and under the nails.
- Scrub the hands for at least 20 seconds, which person can time by humming the “Happy Birthday” song twice.
- Rinse the hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry the hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
It is also recommended that we wash our hands at certain times:
- Before, during, and after preparing food
- Before and after eating
- Before and after treating a cut or wound.
- After going to the bathroom
- After blowing the nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After touching garbage or dirty surfaces or objects
- After handling pets or pet-related items.
However, we may not have access to clean running water all the time especially if we are out in public. During these instances, it’s helpful to maintain a stock of wet towels in your bag and also in your establishment. Hot wet towels not only offer instant sanitation in the absence of soap and water, it can also provide warmth and comfort on the go.
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