Find Time for an Ounce of H1N1 Flu Prevention

Hand WashingFinding time to do the little things that prevent big consequences can be a challenge.  I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Well, this year’s flu season offers us all a perfect object lesson in the importance of this adage – and in the value of prevention. Finding time to do those seemingly “little” things – like thoroughly washing your hands – can reap big rewards and save you TONS of time over the long haul.

The CDC (Center for Disease Control) has created a very informative website about the H1N1 Flu, tracing its spread and offering information about prevention and treatment.

On the prevention front, hand-washing is a very simple and powerful method for making sure you’ve done what you can to avoid catching this very infectious flu.

As with everything else, there is time involved in the choice to wash your hands properly.  If you don’t feel sick – and no one around you seems to be ill, this might be an area where you could think, “Oh, just this once, I’ll skip it.” Or it might be something that, if you’re in a hurry, you cut out or forget.

But when it comes to making time choices and setting time priorities for yourself, hand washing is something that I’d encourage you to have at the top of your list.  Make the choice to make thorough hand washing a habit!

If you’re disciplined about hand washing and follow through on your choice for a few weeks, it will become second nature. (Indeed, studies show that it takes about 28 days of practice to create a new habit!)

Giving yourself the gift of a hand washing habit is a self-care skill that will stand you in good stead during this flu season – and beyond!

Do you find time for hand washing now?  Is prevention something that you think about and practice in your day-to-day living?  How does it manifest in your life?  Please feel invited to drop me a line – I’d love to hear about how it all works for YOU!

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  1. I completely agree – and was pleased to see some public restrooms even post a suggestion to follow up washing hands with using a paper towel to open the door when leaving the room. Also, this time of year, here in New England, I’m more likely to wear a light pair of gloves in public for the routine entering and exiting stores, etc.

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