Personal Hygiene seems like a basic part of everyday life for most of us but there are a lot of people who aren’t aware, capable, or just don’t take care of themselves the way they should. Poor hygiene can lead to a number of issues that could affect your life in a negative manner. If you aren’t taking care of your hygiene properly you could end up with body odor, bad breath, and bad teeth. Poor Hygiene also spreads illness according to the centers for disease control. It can also affect your self-esteem and how others view you. It can affect your social interactions, relationships, and even your performance at your work or school. Below are some tips to help keep your hygiene and self confidence in good shape.

Wash your body

If possible people should shower or bathe every day to stay healthy and prevent body odor from developing. Wearing deodorant or antiperspirant will also help prevent body odor.

Wash your clothes

After you shower you should put on clean clothes. Clothes should be washed with laundry soap after each time you wear them. Clothes can hold a lot of germs and odor when they aren’t cleaned.

Brush your teeth

Brush and floss your teeth twice a day: once after breakfast and once more before you go to bed. If at all possible you should brush after every meal. This will prevent gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath.

Keep your germs to yourself

Cover your mouth and nose and turn away from others when you cough or sneeze to help prevent the spread of illness.

Wash your hands

Wash your hands throughout the day. It is important to wash your hands after you go to the bathroom, before you eat, before and after you go into public, and after you cough or sneeze. This is especially true if you are sick.

Trim your nails

Keeping your nails in good shape will prevent painful things like infected nail beds and hang nails.

Get enough sleep

Not getting enough rest can weaken your body’s immune system making you more susceptible to getting sick. You will also feel more energetic and be more productive during your day if you get your proper sleep.

To many, taking care of yourself seems like a no-brainer but we see people every day who don’t do what they should to care for themselves. For parents who have children it is important to teach them when they are young the steps it takes to maintain good hygiene and to make sure they follow those steps as youth. Don’t make life harder on yourself or kids because you skipped some simple steps that help you stay healthy, clean, and confident.

Tyler Glidden is the wellness director for the McPherson Family YMCA.