7 Best Hygiene Tips
and Best Practices
Good hygiene practices ensure a good life with the maximum prevention of diseases. We are taught how to maintain hygiene, both personal and communal, since our childhood but often we neglect its importance, don’t we? Not only does good hygiene keep you healthy physically, but your mental and emotional health is boosted too. You tend to feel good about yourself. Isn’t that something to look forward to! Keep on reading to find out the best hygiene tips we must follow.
Daily, we come in contact with several surfaces that might be comfortable homes for several bacteria, viruses, and other microbes. These minute germs last long enough on our bodies to make their way inside and cause us harm. Following good hygiene habits regularly is one of the best modes of precaution against illnesses.
Now, for both you and I, our personal hygiene is a crucial aspect that we must focus on, alongside food and communal hygiene. Bathing, trimming nails, brushing your teeth & flossing are etiquettes that fall under personal hygiene. Food hygiene focuses on proper preparation, preservation, and consumption of food items. Lastly, the manners we’re taught in our childhood like using a handkerchief while coughing or sneezing, washing hands, etc. are a part of communal hygiene.
Below is a list of 7 best hygiene tips and best practices for you that you can easily implement and take a step towards a healthy life.
Proper Bathing Etiquette
Now you might be confused. “Proper bathing etiquette” Is that even a thing? Yes, it is. Bathing is a daily activity for us and because it’s menial, we don’t pay much attention to it. But, proper bathing habits are important. You definitely don’t want to miss these hygiene tips. They are:
- Use separate soaps and shampoos instead of sharing
- Thoroughly clean body parts that tend to generate sweat- armpits, elbows, knees, neck, belly, and groin.
- Bathe regularly with clean water
Wash your hair and scalp two to three times a week with shampoo to get rid of skin buildup and oily residues.
Get Enough Sleep
Didn’t think your sleeping habits were a part of your hygiene? Well, they certainly come under personal hygiene tips.
When we sleep, our muscles are relaxed, several reactions going on inside our bodies. Ample rest is an essential part of our health.
You must get at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night so that you feel refreshed, both physically and mentally and are ready for your day.
Also, several people proudly claim to be “night owls”, they stay awake till late in the night. Unless it is absolutely necessary, staying up late is a bad sleeping habit. If you were to observe your behavior the next day after you stayed awake past midnight, you will notice a difference in your attitude, your motivation, and your energy.
That’s why I like the classics: “Early to be and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”
Regularly Brush and Floss Your Teeth
Ideally speaking, you are supposed to brush your teeth after every meal. I know, I know, you’re busy with work, you have your meals at the office or somewhere outside and brushing your teeth isn’t convenient. That’s why, the next best thing is to brush your teeth twice a day, once when you wake up and then before going to bed at night.
Flossing between your teeth after brushing is necessary as it removes particles stuck between your teeth which might cause toothache and even decay at times. Bacteria and germs favor pockets between our teeth where the brush cannot reach, so, you floss regularly and trick them! An antimicrobial mouthwash can be used after brushing; it freshens your mouth and gets rid of bad breath. This is one of the many hygiene tips you want to be sure to practice daily.
Wash Your Hands
You use your hands for almost everything- eating, drinking, writing, carrying things, opening doors, using your laptop and so on. They are most vulnerable to picking up germs and microbes during these activities.
When should you wash your hands?
- Before and after eating
- Whenever you handle food
- You sneeze or cough
- You handle any sort of garbage
- If you touch an animal
- After using the washroom (obviously!)
You can carry a sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol just in case there’s no hand wash available. Wash your hands with clean water, dry them and then use the sanitizer. Simple as that.
When you’re in public, surrounded by people, young and old, you need to be aware. Make sure you cover your mouth/nose with a handkerchief when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have one, use the inside of your sleeve or as a last resort, use your palms and then wash your hands. Also, sanitize your hands whenever you touch surfaces in public places like park benches, tables, door handles, stationery, etc. Hygiene tips like this one, not only protect you from catching germs and viruses, but it also protects those around you.
If you are unwell, try to stay in if possible. If not, make sure you wear a mask in case of a cough or cold. Avoid sharing cutlery, bottles, and electronic items.
Trimming your nails often is a very healthy habit. Try to keep them clean and short so that no dirt or food particles get accumulated beneath them. Wash them with soap and brush them regularly as it helps prevent the spreading of germs on your body.
Cleanliness is Next to Godliness
Apart from the six practices I’ve listed above, you must make sure you are a clean and tidy person. Always wear clean clothes, sleep on clean linen, and keep your home tidy.
Being surrounded by clutter in your workplace or at home can make one feel unmotivated at times. Try to keep your things on your desk and your closet arranged. Wipe off the dust from surfaces every day. Implement segregation while you dispose off your garbage; keep separate bins for wet and dry waste.
These best hygiene tips and practices are key to a healthy lifestyle. They are a precautionary measure against bacterial, fungal, viral, and other microbial infections like-
- Athlete’s foot
- Pink eye
So, try to implement these hygiene tips and practices in your daily life and take a step towards a healthy and happy life because after all, like Virgil once said, “The greatest wealth is health.”