I BEG TO DIFFER:
MINDFULNESS IS THE FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE, ACTION IS THE SECOND.
Preventative care is something that we can all do to gear up for the winter months. Two things come to mind to focus on, especially as we will be seeing less sunshine and exposed to bacteria and viruses that don’t usually show up in the summer months.
The first line of defense, taught to nursing students, is great handwashing techniques. There is a right and wrong way to wash hands, but the most important thing to remember is the “time” that you spend washing with soap and water. To prevent repeating the information, this PDF that I am posting (The Cleveland Clinic Magazine) includes many really, REALLY, interesting articles so I will post it here so that you can read and browse for yourself. The article on handwashing is on page 7 and it also goes over hand gels and the pros and cons of using antiseptic soaps.
Secondly, because we are not in the sunshine as much in the winter months, there is a great article in here regarding Vitamin D on page 30. From what has been learned, almost everyone is deficient of Vitamin D and it is my personal suspicion that we don’t know near all the positive benefits that Vitamin D has on our bodies and minds. On a side-note, depression is a real problem for some people in the cloudy months. Don’t forget that you can use tanning beds to help with depression. A light touch, not a heavy touch is best with this type of treatment. There is an article in here on depression also:
Here are some tips also that might help you prevent colds and flu in the upcoming months:
- Never make a habit of touching your eyes and nose.
- Wash your toothbrushes regularly in the dishwasher, or buy new ones and don’t keep them in a cup together.
- Be mindful of where your hands are. Anything that anyone else handles is a potential object for transmission: Car handles, steering wheel, refrigerator/cabinet handles, counter tops, money, credit cards, shopping carts, pens and pencils when signing, books and magazines when in waiting rooms, door knobs…be mindful, any object that someone else has handled is a threat.
Vitamin C and Echinacea are two supplements that I add in winter months.
Be sure and discuss options with your doctor. I have found however that most of the doctors out there are not huge fans of supplements. (But they sure are pushers of pharmaceuticals!) I swear by both vitamins as they seem to have a positive effect on the immune system.
There are plenty of articles that support my position.
All it takes is not washing your hands after handling something contaminated and rubbing your eyes, nose or mouth and you have a potential infection.
- Be mindful of being around children and older adults if you are ill. They will most certainly catch what you have and vice versa.
- Be leery of large crowds and gatherings where there is a lot of coughing in the room, and small spaces.
- Be leery of buffet counters at Restaurants.
- Be leery of your work spaces if in cubical and small offices. Keep your desk tops and computers clean. Office candy bowls can also be a problem as well as nut bowls. Remember to clean your phone periodically and your purses as well.
Without getting phobic all around, some of this stuff is just common sense. We all must live among the bugs…just be mindful! It is my contention that "mindfulness" is the first line of defense because without it...you won't follow the steps to prevention.
Before closing, I will add that the Fall and Winter months are an excellent time to get your weights within normal limits, learn how to maintain during the holidays, get a habit of exercise developed, learn about prepping your bedroom for sleep, learn what your triggers are for eating and how to create a strategy to create habits to off-set those triggers AND much, much, more!!
I am the gal to help you! We will team together and formulate a plan of learning and practicing. I have an extensive portfolio that you will not see anywhere else…so you must ask!
The holidays are approaching us! The time to create health in your life is now!
Enjoy the beautiful fall months…I’m looking forward to it.
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