Home is where we should feel most comfortable and secure. Ensuring hygiene in our homes should be our top priority which if neglected, would build up dirt that can have huge impact on our health.
Poor habits of life, though harmless they seem, should be done away with. Funny enough, I guess every reader of this article if truly sincere, would be guilty of one or two on the list.
As a matter of fact, you may not have really taken cognizance of the fact that you have actually gone this far with the habits and it’s okay but this happens to be just the end of the year where we ought to assess ourselves and outline some habits we can take up and others we should let go to help us happily sail through the coming year.
So guys, let’s face reality and consciously let these bad, unhealthy habits go. Come along with me as we expose this habits:
- Using a sponge for way too long: Yeah! Do you remember when you bought that bath sponge and the kitchen sponge you are currently using? I guess over six months or more right? Sponges host bacteria and should be changed regularly to minimize build-up. You can buy in bulk to save cost.
- Not regularly washing your bedsheets and towels: Bedsheets and towels do not show obvious and visible dirt like other clothes do but if left unwashed inevitably build-up germs which is unhealthy. They need to be washed regularly as well. Wash your towels at most four days and bedsheets weekly.
- Not washing hands when you ought to: This habit, my father never took lightly while growing and it’s helped us so well especially with the outbreak of Covid-19. As he always says, the hand does a whole lot and touches a whole lot of things, places and other body parts, so as much as possible, keep your hands clean always. As soon as you return home, after the use of toilet, as soon as you wake up, and after work, please wash your hands thoroughly. The hand shakes other hands, picks nose, goes into the eyes, private parts, and mouth, touches door knobs and a whole lot of other surfaces and must be kept clean.
- Toothbrush overused: I caught you right? I know I did. Please do not take that toothbrush you have used since January 2021 into 2022. Kindly get another one, it’s not expensive. I know you probably don’t realize you’ve been using it for a year now. Consciously change your toothbrush at most every three months. Keep a healthy teeth.
- Underpants overused: I guess this is talking to someone out there. You probably buy black under wears so you can wear them as long as you want. Wash them regularly and ensure to change them if they have been used for too long. Sisters please that pant you’ve been wearing since January needs to be changed. Brothers let go of that boxers of 2020. What covers our private parts needs to be clean and healthy for use. Most of us spend so much and pay attention to our dresses, shoes, hairdos etc. and forget our inner bodies. Let’s sit up please.
- Incomplete Medication : Oh yes! You did not complete that malaria medication. Once we feel a little better, we end our medications there, this is not good and we should ensure to complete all prescribed medications even if we feel okay for complete healing and recovery. Leave that habit behind.
- Ignoring Symptoms: Seemingly small symptoms like cold, a slight pain in some body parts, weakness could be indicative of a bigger problem so speak up to your doctor whenever you notice changes in the way you feel. Waiting for severe complications before seeking medical advice is dangerous and should be avoided.
- Skipping breakfast and Eating Late at Night: If that was you, you really need to stop. Breakfast is considered the most important meal of a day and should not be skipped as it negatively affects your metabolism. In fact, breakfast sets the pace for the rest of the day so it should be planned and served well prepared. Late night food is not healthy because it interferes with sleep and does not allow for better sleep. Moving your dinner to earlier hours allows the body to process the food more efficiently before bedtime. This may be a little challenging for some persons because of the nature of their jobs but a good planning would make it work.
It’s probably funny that you’re guilty of one or two on this list and you may not have realized these unhealthy habits. Well, thank God we learn everyday so we get better day by day.
I urge us all to make conscious efforts to work on those areas that concern us. Let’s be purposeful about our personal hygiene, environmental hygiene, and overall wellbeing.
You may want to add yours at the comment section so we can all learn. Happy new year in a few hours.