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How to Have Good Hygiene

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Unrecognizable mature woman washing hands with soap thoroughly while standing by sink in modern bathroom

Proper personal hygiene is crucial to a person’s good overall health and wellness. Not only does maintaining hygiene practices reduce the spread of illness and risk of medical conditions caused by not taking care of yourself, but it also increases self-confidence and positively impacts personal relationships. Keep reading to learn a few tips on how to have good hygiene.

Personal Hygiene Tips

Wash Your Hands Frequently: Hand washing is one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of disease. You should be washing your hands frequently throughout the day and especially after tasks such as taking out the garbage, using the restroom, blowing your nose, coughing and coming into contact with someone who may be sick. In order to achieve effective results, make sure you wash your hands properly.

  1. Wet your hands with clean water and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them thoroughly with soap.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  4. Rinse your hands well.
  5. Dry your hands with a towel or air dry.

Bathe: Similar to washing your hands, washing your body removes dead skin cells and dirt and is a preventative measure to reduce the risk and spread of disease. Older adults don’t necessarily need to bathe daily to discover the positive effects but showering or taking a bath at least twice a week is recommended.

Brush and Floss Your Teeth Daily: Oral hygiene is crucial to keep in mind when considering personal hygiene practices. Brush your teeth twice a day, and floss once a day. Also be sure to maintain regular dental checkups.

Wear Clean Clothes: Dirty clothes can harbor bacteria that can lead to body odor or even skin irritations. In order to clean clothing completely, wash with a detergent and dry them immediately upon rinsing.

Get Restful Sleep: Restful sleep is essential to wellbeing, no matter your age. It is recommended for all adults to sleep between seven to nine hours a night.

Create a Routine: It’s best to create a routine when it comes to personal hygiene. This way, you’ll make a daily list of things you need to do to stay clean and healthy and make sure you continue to practice proper personal hygiene.

Visit the Doctor: Maintaining regular healthcare appointments can help you catch infections and illnesses early, making it easier to treat them. Visit your healthcare provider when you have a concern and schedule routine check-ups.

Learn More About Wellness at Stonebridge at Montgomery

Stonebridge at Montgomery offers a continuum of care that addresses all aspects of wellbeing. With daily activities and onsite amenities through LivWell, you can learn healthy lifestyle tips. This award-winning holistic wellness program allows you to engage in activities and programs of your choice to achieve your own personal goals.

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