We learn from the cradle the importance of being clean and having good hygiene to keep us healthy.
Some hygiene habits became so automatic in our daily lives that we end up slacking on them, but the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, more than ever, is reminding us how viruses and bacteria spread so easily and how keeping a good hygiene is essential to prevent contamination.
In fact, there are 4 reasons why cleaning and hygiene are so important:
4 Reasons Why Cleaning & Good Hygiene are Essential
1. A Clean Place is a Safe Place
That’s right! A clean environment is the first step to maintain a safe and healthy place. Lack of cleaning and sanitation boost the proliferation of microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria, and other germs that are harmful to humans and pets.
These microorganisms can cause allergies, food poisoning, strep throat, cold, flu, among other infections or diseases that can also be very contagious.
In addition, a messy, unhygienic, and cluttered environment decreases people’s concentration and productivity, and elevates levels of anxiety and stress.
Maintaining our surroundings clean and disinfected is essential for our well-being, physically and mentally.
2. Disease Prevention
Another important way to prevent diseases is maintaining good hygiene. Simple hygiene habits such as:
- Showering every day;
- Brushing your teeth after every meal;
- Turning away and covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing;
- Washing your hands frequently;
- Avoiding overcrowded places (if you are sick)
- Having your own personal care items (avoid share them with others)
- Maintaining a healthy lifestyle (stop smoking, exercise frequently, maintain a healthy diet, get enough sleep, stay hydrated)
- Keeping up to date with your health visiting your healthcare provider (physician or dentist).
Good hygiene habits not only help us to protect ourselves from getting sick, but also decrease the risks of cross-contamination.
3. Social Standard
Cleanliness is so important to public health that it became a social standard. People that present poor hygiene habits are not only vulnerable to disease and infections, but they are also susceptible to problems of social acceptance.
Poor hygiene can negatively influence the relationship between family members, friends, and co-workers. Since it’s a very delicate subject to approach, most people feel uncomfortable, and distant themselves from those with hygiene issues.
In the work environment the problem becomes even more critical. Many companies take into consideration cleanliness and tidiness when recruiting candidates, since poor hygiene habits can influence the company’s image and it can cost valuable business relationships.
Since being clean plays a big role in our life, it also gives us a sense of compliance with our own well being. Tidiness helps to cultivate self-confidence and self-esteem. Consequently, when we feel good about ourselves, we are more motivated, productive, positive, and more compassionate toward others.
Being physically and mentally healthy helps us to have more control over negative emotions, anxiety, or stress, and it helps us to improve our relationships and performance in the different areas of our lives (family, work, school, friends, etc.)
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