I have lots of friends who are teachers. I know that they are dreading going back to school. It’s not that they don’t love what they do; teaching children and shaping young minds, but the return to school also means the return to unprotected sneezes, runny noses, and scores of germs on surfaces from desks to chairs to books.
The most effective line of defense, as we all know, is hand washing. Be sure to wash your hands often and thoroughly, by making sure you lather up the entire surface of your hands (including between fingers). Use hot water and soap.
In addition to hand washing:
– Stifle those sneezes by sneezing into the crook of your arm. Just bend your elbow and let ’em rip!
– Get plenty of rest to avoid getting run down. Aim for at least 6 – 8 hours of sleep each night to give your body a rest. This will help you fight off colds and flu caused by germs.
– Eat healthy foods with lots of vitamins and minerals. This will help you maintain a happy immune system.
– Avoid touching your face, rubbing your eyes, or putting your hands near your mouth. Think about all the things you touch in the course of a day, and then think about touching your face. EW! Gross!
– Carry an antibacterial lotion or spray with you for those times when it’s not convenient to get to a sink to wash your hands. Although I recommend not overdoing it with the antibacterial stuff, it’s good to have in case of an emergency.
Germs are everywhere and unless you plan on living like “the boy in the bubble,” there’s no way to avoid them completely, but just following a few simple steps could help you stave off illness as we move into the cooler months.
Take care of yourself, be nice to yourself, and be well. And until next time – veg in, don’t veg out!
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