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The Importance of Personal Hygiene

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Instructor: Lisa Roundy

Lisa has taught at all levels from kindergarten to college and has a master's degree in human relations.

We are taught how to practice good personal hygiene habits from a young age because these habits can help us in many ways. In this lesson, we'll learn the benefits of good personal hygiene.

Hygiene

You wake up in the morning, brush your teeth, take a shower, wash your hair and body, and put on clean clothes. Why do you do these things? Chances are you don't think about what you are doing because it is a routine you were taught at a young age. However, these habits help you in many ways. What you are doing is practicing good personal hygiene.

Using the word hygiene is a fancy way of referring to clean living habits that keep us healthy. Personal hygiene refers to the things we do to clean and care for our bodies. Dirt, bodily secretions, food particles, and even germs can accumulate on our bodies if we don't clean ourselves regularly. The implementation of habits that help us stay clean not only prevents this accumulation, but also provides added personal and social benefits.

Personal Benefits

Imagine your desk partner has a cold, and he sneezes on your hand while you are working together. You wash your hands as soon as possible so you will be less likely to become sick also.

One personal benefit of good hygiene is having better health. Keeping your body clean helps prevent illness and infection from bacteria or viruses. Like in our example, the simple act of washing your hands regularly is an effective way to keep germs from spreading. You would be much more likely to get sick if, instead of washing your hands, you wiped them off on your pants and went to lunch as soon as class was over.

Maintaining good hygiene also helps you have better self-esteem. In other words, when you take care of how you look, you feel better about yourself. When you don't take care of your personal hygiene, it can also make you feel less confident and unmotivated. Unfortunately, when a person is depressed or has low self-esteem, they are more likely to neglect their personal hygiene. Have you ever had someone tell you to get up and take a shower and you would feel better? It is definitely worth a try because it just might work!

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