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Updated as of: 11-28-2022

1. National Handwashing Awareness Month

2. Holiday Self Care

1. National Handwashing Awareness Month

Happy national handwashing awareness month! Although handwashing may seem like common sense, 97% of people fail to correctly wash their hands! Practicing hand hygiene is a simple yet effective way to prevent infections in healthcare settings. Hand hygiene, which means cleaning your hands by washing with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and prevent spreading germs to others, especially in the midst of the current ‘tripledemic', with the flu, COVID-19, and RSV circulating simultaneously. The CDC recommends the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers as the primary method for hand hygiene in most healthcare situations. When washing hands, healthcare workers should wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water when hands are visibly dirty, before eating, after using the restroom, and after caring for people with infectious diarrhea.

 Here’s a quick refresher on how to properly wash your hands:

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. 
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice.
  • Rinse hands under clean, running water.
  • Dry hands using a clean towel, or air dry them.

2. Holiday Self Care

The holidays can be a time of mixed emotions and extra stress. Celebrations, special traditions, and wonderful memories can bring great joy, although there can also be unpleasant family members, grief for those who have passed, and an overwhelming to-do list. Self-care is an extremely effective way to reduce stress, improve well-being, and help you find some joy in these challenging situations. 

Self-care looks different for everyone, but we’ve listed some ideas to help you in your self-care journey this holiday season: 

Make time for yourself!

Although it may seem impossible to make time for yourself in the midst of the stressful holiday season, taking even ten minutes for yourself can positively impact your mental health. Take a breath outside, meditate, or chat with a loved one to help you rest. 

Recite Affirmations

Affirmations can help to align yourself with your intentions for the day, week, month, or even the next 20 minutes. Affirmations are any statements that help you feel empowered, including “I am strong,” “I am powerful,” and “I will get through this.”

Stay Hydrated

It can be quite easy to forget to drink water, especially when bogged down by a busy schedule. Drinking 2.7 liters of water for women, and 3.7 liters for men, will keep you from being dehydrated and will help you be more productive throughout the day

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