Hygiene: It’s what’s for dinner. Breakfast and lunch, too.
I’m going to talk about a subject that is a no-brainer to many of us, but sadly, others have seemingly missed the memo.
It’s a concept called “Hygiene” and according to Dictionary.com, is defined as: “a condition or practice conducive to the preservation of health, as cleanliness.“
In layman’s terms, it means KEEP YOURSELF CLEAN! And I’m not referring to the abuse of illicit substances, I mean it in the most literal sense. Wash your hands, brush your teeth, wear deodorant, yadda yadda yadda.
Again, this might be old news to most of us, which is why it amazes me when I come across people who reek of B.O. or who have days of crud stuck between their teeth…or in their eyes…or, yuuuuck, nevermind…you get the idea…
An interesting twist on this concept is the fact that there are many otherwise hygienic folks out there who seem to forget this concept when they go to the gym. They figure “Heck, I’m-a get all sweaty anyway. May as well just roll out of bed and go as I am.“
I’m not saying that a person has to get all dolled up before the gym. (I’ll cover that particular phenomenon in a future post.) But what I am saying is that OTHER PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE NEAR YOU. BRUSHING YOUR TEETH AND PUTTING ON DEODORANT IS THE LEAST YOU CAN DO. IT WILL ONLY TAKE A MINUTE. THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR NOT DOING THIS.
See how passionate I am about this? I was forced to use caps lock!
If you are not a gym goer, but plan to do ANYTHING that requires you being in close proximity with others and don’t have time to shower, shave, exfoliate and all of that fun stuff, then a simple face, hand, underarm and “other parts that may need it” washing will suffice. Brushing your teeth or simply rinsing with a non-fluoridated (flouride=the Devil) mouthwash is a step in the right direction. Going completely overboard and dousing yourself with perfume in hopes of concealing any funk is as bad, if not worse than, skipping the shower altogether. As my hubby says, “that’s just like spraying a perfume on a turd.”
I realize “turd” is a word that might not be considered so…ladylike. But sometimes we take extreme measures to illustrate the point!
Long-story-short, all religion aside, cleanliness is INDEED next to Godliness! (Goddessliness?) Bathing a minimum of once per day, wearing clean socks and flossing are all things that should be done. And at the risk of sounding like everyone’s mom circa 1950, don’t forget to wash behind your ears!
Also, in today’s age, we are often pierced, for aesthetic purposes, in areas that we were never pierced in, back in the old days. Just as we were taught to clean our ear piercings, the same needs to be done to other piercings. Tongue rings can develop a layer of…stuff…and belly rings can get a little crusty, too. You paid for them, now wash them, care for them and keep yourself infection and funk free! Those standing downwind from you will thank you for it.
…and when they do, be sure to say “You’re welcome.” After all, it’s the polite thing to do. 😉
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