Rumor has it that it’s winter (living in SoCal, I never can be sure). It’s also Cold & Flu Season, like Oscar Season in that it wants to reach everyone and won’t get offstage fast enough.
Viruses can enter our bodies through many channels. We are equipped to ward off many of them, so long as we don’t give them a helping hand, literally. Unbeknownst to us, our hands can carry millions of the critters into our eyes, noses, and mouths!
I have not been sick for two years. The last time, I was too polite to refuse a piece of toast from my grandpa after he had coughed into his hand. However, I haven’t been trampled by a rhinovirus since, nor have I been under the influenza since I was a regular in the ball pit at Chuck E. Cheese.
No, that was not last weekend.
By and large, I owe my continued health to a very specific behavioral quirk, or OCD symptom (CDO alphabetically): I take the hands out of the equation! In fact, here are some of the hands-free techniques I use on a daily basis (voluntarily or otherwise) to maintain my quirktastic state of health.
IMPORTANT NOTE: I AM NOT A DOCTOR.
|REGULAR APPROACH||QUIRKYLICIOUS APPROACH!|
|Eat with unwashed hands.||
|Use hands in public restrooms.||
|Blow nose when clogged.||
|Cough/sneeze into hand||
|Wipe face with hand.||
|Share drinks? Yes please!||
Okay, so I can’t market these techniques as cure-alls, and frankly, they may get you some very odd looks from friends and neighbors. That all being said/whispered, these little quirks do remove a major source of wintertime gunk from the equation and have carried me through many a Cold & Flu Season with clear airways. Plus, they’re much more comfortable than wearing a HazMat suit to work every day.