Now more than ever we’ve come to realize how important good hygiene is. As the world is facing one of the worst pandemics we’ve ever seen, the simple basics we’ve all taken for granted are brought to the forefront. The team at New York Gates put together some important information on why good hygiene is so important and the steps you can take today.
What Exactly Is Good Hygiene?
Look good, feel good. Right? Well, there’s more to it than that. Just because you look good, doesn’t mean you are clean. How many times have you or someone you’ve known, just spritzed themselves with some cologne instead of taking a shower.
We all know that sometimes we get too busy. It’s easy getting lost in the day-to-day requirements that we forget the basic needs of just taking care of ourselves. But it’s really important that we take that little bit of time to do so.
Good hygiene is important for good health. It’s not just about looking clean. It’s about being clean. Just because you don’t have dirt on your hands, doesn’t mean that you are clean.
Why It Is So Important
There are some obvious reasons why it is important to maintain good hygiene, but we are also going to look at some you may not have thought of.
Keeps You Healthy
Good hygiene keeps bacteria and viruses away and lowers your risk for diseases and illnesses. It also prevents infections when the skin is irritated or wounds are present. Maintaining good hygiene protects not just yourself, but others as well.
Feel Better About Yourself
Taking good care of yourself not only helps you physically but also mentally. There is some validity to the look good, feel-good concept. When you take care of yourself, you feel more confident.
Maintaining good hygiene is important both socially and professionally. Some employers have certain standards their employees must meet as well. Right now in New York, New Yorkers are required to wear face masks in public and maintain 6 feet of distance in public spaces due to the current pandemic.
Here Are The Basics Of Good Personal Hygiene
Shower Or Bathe Often
Once a day is preferred, but for people with certain skin conditions, bathing every day may not be the best thing. It may also not be possible in certain circumstances such as camping. If that’s the case, try using a cloth to clean yourself.
Brush Your Teeth
Aim to brush at least twice a day, but after every meal is the best way to avoid gum disease and tooth decay. If you can’t brush after eating, make sure to at least rinse your mouth with water.
Don’t Forget To Floss
Brushing alone isn’t enough. Floss those teeth too.
Don’t Forget To Wash Your Hair
This includes facial hair for all you guys. Hair should be washed often at least a few times a week, depending on the texture.
Wash Your Hands
This goes without saying. Wash your hands often! It is one of the main things you can do to avoid germs. Here are some times when you should wash your hands:
- After using the toilet
- Before preparing food
- During food preparation
- After eating food
- Throughout daily activities
Hands should be washed constantly throughout the day, especially if you are in public places or around other people. Germs can be left on surfaces that you can easily pick up. Making sure you are constantly washing your hands will help you avoid getting sick and further spreading germs.
There is a right way to wash your hands and only takes a few minutes:
- Wet your hands with warm water
- Apply soap
- Rub your hands together to lather. Scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails.
- Continue for at least 20 seconds.
- Rinse your hands well.
- Dry using a clean cloth or let air dry.
Avoid Touching Your Face
If you have to touch your face, make sure to wash your hands before and after. How many times do you catch yourself touching your face throughout the day? Those simple gestures could lead to germs and viruses on your face making it that much closer to your eyes, nose, and mouth where it can enter your body.
Keep Nails Clean
Make sure when you are washing your hands, you don’t neglect your nails. Make sure they are clean underneath. Keeping them trimmed and in good shape will help avoid hangnails or infections.
Wear Clean Clothes
Make sure you wash your clothes after wearing them. Dead skin cells can linger on clothes further irritating skin if it is not washed off.
Protect Yourself And Others When Coughing And Sneezing
Make sure to turn your head and cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with a tissue. If a tissue isn’t available, then use the crook of your elbow, but make sure you are covered.
Also, protect yourself if someone is coughing or sneezing. Try to maintain distance or at least turn away from them. Germs from the nose and mouth could spread in the air or get onto surfaces that you or someone else may touch.
Good Hygiene For Good Health
Building good hygiene habits into your daily routine is important and shouldn’t be brushed aside due to inconvenience. These small simple steps can make a big difference in your health and can easily be added to your daily routine.
Contact New York Gates For Your Security Needs!
The staff at New York Gates takes good hygiene seriously, especially with the pandemic the world is facing. We are adhering to state guidelines to make sure we are doing what we can to stay safe. When you call us for your security gate or garage door needs, you can count on us to take the necessary steps to protect you and our service people while we get the job done. Not only is the security of your property important, so is the health of all of us. Contact us today!