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Ways Practicing Hygiene Can Help with Social Distancing Anxiety

We hope these Ways Practicing Hygiene Can Help with Social Distancing Anxiety can help you dealing with anxiety related to Covid-19. We’ve been dealing with Covid-19 for over half a year now, and it’s continuing to cause a lot of stress and anxiety for a lot of people, some more so than others.

Practicing social distancing and good hygiene has shown to effectively slow the virus, and also keeping you healthy. But what about when someone touches or gets too close to you, causing your skin to crawl? Here are a number of ways practicing hygiene can help if you’re dealing with social distancing anxiety.

Ways Practicing Hygiene Can Help with Social Distancing Anxiety

Ways Practicing Hygiene Can Help with Social Distancing Anxiety

First and foremost, if you are struggling with the anxiety of any kind, do not hesitate to reach out for help.  Whether it is a trusted friend, spouse, online friend, or health care professional, do not try to walk this journey alone.  There are many ways to help with anxiety both from holistic and medicinal angles and you should never feel shame in needing that help.

Washing Your Hands

Ever since we were kids, we’ve been told to wash our hands after we use the restroom, eat, or get our hands dirty playing or working. But what makes washing your hands so critical? Without even realizing it, we touch our eyes, mouth, and nose with our hands too many times to count throughout the day. 

  • If your hands have come into contact with germs from another surface and you go on to touch any of those regions on your face, chances are extremely high that you’ll be infected. 
  • It’s been proven that using soap and warm water is the number one way to stop the spread of a virus, especially when we’re talking about Covid-19. 
  • Soap is found to be even more effective than alcohol in keeping the flu and cold away. Not only does washing your hands reduce the risk of spreading a virus, but it also keeps other infections from spreading as well. 

This should bring you some comfort in knowing. When soap and warm water is not available, make sure that you have an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that you can use in the meantime.  

When to Wash Your Hands

For the most part, everyone knows to wash their hands after they use the restroom, but besides that, many people don’t wash their hands as often as they should. Here’s a look at a few situations that also require hand washing. 

  • After you’re done touching a surface or being out in public, it’s a good time to scrub your hands. Before you eat or after you prepare a meal (especially raw food) is another one to remember. 
  • You should also wash your hands after you cough, sneeze, or blow your nose. Taking out the trash, petting an animal, putting on your shoes, or shaking hands are just to name a few others.    

Other Things to Think About

Keeping a social distance of 6 feet away from others is a practice that we should all continue until this virus is beaten. But it’s also important to keep yourself from touching surfaces that are used regularly by others. This is impossible when it comes to doorknobs, faucets, light switches, and company computers that are unavoidable, so what can you do? 

For starters, you can use your sleeve or a paper towel to keep from directly touching these areas. Gloves are another option that people have been using lately. Before you use the computer or any equipment at work, make sure that you use a surface disinfectant spray or wipes to kill the germs that may be present on them. 

Using clean warm water and soap is the best way to keep you from catching a virus. By following these tips, you will greatly reduce the chances of your family getting sick, which can bring you some peace in mind throughout these uncertain times.  

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