As we enter the second month of the new year, we are right in the midst of cold and flu season. The CDC has been reporting one of the worst outbreaks, making it even more important for us to do the right things to avoid getting sick.
First and foremost, we must understand what we are up against. Influenza or the flu is a virus that can stay alive for up to nine hours on hard surfaces such as counter tops and faucets. It can spread through coughing, sneezing and bodily contact. Rhinovirus or the common cold can live for up to 24 hours on plastic and steel surfaces and spreads with direct contact. Norovirus or the stomach flu (caused by fecal matter making its way into your food) can stay alive for weeks—yes weeks—and easily spreads when in close proximity.
To keep these germs at bay…
- Wipe down all hard surfaces on a regular basis: counter tops, faucets, desks, tables, etc.
- Wash your hands – often! When soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer. Carry it with you; store a bottle at the office; put one in your kid’s backpack.
- Stay home when sick…please!
- Keep your hands away from your nose and eyes.
- Clean your cell phone on a regular basis, especially if others are scrolling through your pics.
- Shave that beard. A Swiss study found that a man’s beard had more germs than a dog, and they roll around in their own pee. GROSS!
- Don’t share food or drinks. Teach your kids early about the importance of cleanliness/avoiding germs.
- Kick off those shoes upon entering your home. Don’t track outside germs into your house.
- Use paper towels not the air dryer because they actually blow the germs around and make matters worse.
- Wipe off gym equipment before and after you use it.
Show some love and be smart. Stay healthy my friends!
Back when I was fighting for my life to overcome and beat Lyme disease, all tests confirmed I had done so. It took me nine years, but all the bacteria had been killed off, yet I still felt sick. My doctor was stumped from a medical report stand point, but he also knew humans are complex. He suspected something else was holding me back, and that something was myself.
He told me to spend quiet time in prayer to seek what was going on emotionally. When I did, I was shocked to discover I was angry. I mean I was REALLY angry. I got deathly sick not from my own doing but from a stupid tick. I didn’t do anything to deserve this yet suffered immensely. This disease snatched my 30s right from under me. When I should have been at my prime, I was in pain and hobbling like a 98-year-old.
Anger served me well during my illness. It gave me something to focus on and empowered me to defeat the foreign invader inside. Unfortunately, anger is like mud. Once we step in it, it gets a hold of us, making it very difficult to get out. I got stuck.
If I wanted to heal completely, I needed to let it go. I threw rocks, screamed, cried, journaled, and turned it over to God. Once I did, my health was fully restored.
Are you stuck in the mud? If so, Madness, Unhappiness and Depression will follow. Anger may fuel you right now, but it will ultimately take away your joy and possibly your health. It’s time to let it go. Forgive others, self, and circumstances. Free yourself of the weight and allow love to fill the space.
Just because we communicate every day doesn’t mean we are good at it. Bad habits and old behaviors can creep in. Here’s a quick reminder of Communication 101:
Assume Ask questions
Focus on the negative Concentrate on Positive
Listen to the words Hear what they are saying
Be passive or aggressive Be assertive
Use “You” statements Use “I” statements
Bring up past issues Focus on issues at hand
Concentrate on the person Concentrate on issue
Blame others Accept blame
Try to win Go for the win-win!
Here’s to leveraging your communication style!
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