Hygiene habits that lead to improved wellness

October 9, 2017

Wellness is a about our overall wellbeing and quality of life. There are a number of factors that play a part in us achieving true wellness some of which we’re sharing with you to help you find peace amongst the chaos that is life as we know it.

Get more sleep

Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight and mind. It spurs the creative process, reduces fatigue and increases stamina. But before you hit the snooze button, make sure your bed is fit for a good night’s rest.

Wash bed linen regularly and air your mattress and pillows to keep them fresh and hygienic. Rub the seams of your mattress with an alcohol rub or disinfectant and spray your pillows too. Don’t soak them; they generally come out all lumpy. Pillow cases should ideally be replaced more often than sheets.

Brush daily

Clean fresh breath is good for business.

If you have bad breath, review your oral hygiene habits. Try making lifestyle changes, such as brushing your teeth and tongue after eating, using dental floss, and drinking plenty of water.

Clean your face

Invest in a good cleanser and wash your face morning and night. This one is not just for the ladies but ladies, make sure you remove your make-up properly to maintain that youthful glow.

Bath or shower on a daily basis

Body odour is offensive and in our South African climate, we all need to wash it off at least once a day. Make sure your towels are clean and fresh so that you don’t ending up smelling like a musty damp mess anyway.
Use deodorant after your bath or shower and not over dry sweat.

Wash your clothing

Clean and pressed clothing makes us feel good and helps us look presentable.

Make the effort to clean your clothes properly. Find out how to treat stains like sweaty underarm patches and soiled collars. Fold clothing carefully and store it in an organised manner.

Clean your cupboards

Anyone who lives on the coast knows that we battle with damp. It leads to the growth of mould spores that lead to a variety of health problems, including allergic reactions like sneezing and itchy eyes.

There are a number of solutions available at most retail stores so find something to handle the problem. Clean your cupboards and wipe the surfaces with a disinfectant. Allow to dry thoroughly before you put your clean clothes back.

Wash your hands

Before you wash, make sure your basin and tap is clean. Clean the gunk around the base of the tap with an old toothbrush and clean the drain with some bicarbonate of soda and vinegar. The bathroom door handle requires cleaning with a disinfectant too because not everyone washes after they flush!
That leaves us with the hand towel. This should be washed every second day and at the very least left out to dry on the wash-line in between washes.

Those are the basics but they’ll get you on the road to wellness. Keep track of your time, your personal grooming habits and your fitness for your own good.

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