Tips for Personal Health and Hygiene

1. DRINK LESS ALCOHOL

We should not drink more than 3-4 units of alcohol per day for men. For women, this should be no more than 2-3 units. One alcohol unit roughly means 10ml of pure alcohol in an alcohol beverage. As a general guideline, for Ciders and Beer, no more than 2-3units. For Wine, no more than 2 units. For Spirits, no more than 1 unit, and for wine coolers, no more than 1.5 units.

2. KEEP YOUR HANDS CLEAN

How to wash hand with liquid soap properly. Abstracted from Victoria state government Australia. A lot of diseases are spread from contaminated hands. Clean hand save lives.

3. QUIT SMOKING

Pick up the courage to take the first step. Quit smoking today! Wish to quit smoking but having difficulty doing so? Here are some tips for you to consider trying;

  • Identify and avoid situation which will trigger you to smoke. Have a plan to avoid or get through without smoking.
  • Delay your craving for tobacco by telling yourself to wait further few minutes first, do something to distract yourself for that period of time.
  • Chew something to fight craving like chewing gum, lozenges,

Prevent Insomnia

1. Make Changes in the Bedroom
Family caregivers should make sure their loved one`s bedroom is the most comfortable place for them. Your loved one`s sleeping area should be comforting and all the outside lights should be blocked by using curtains which may not cause sleep disruption.

2. Don`t Consume Heavy Meals
Eating heavy meals and high fat foods may leads to a distressful sleep in some seniors. Your loved ones can choose whole grain foods, smoothies, and drink more water which may provide a comforting sound sleep.

3. Avoid Electronic Device around the Bed
Seniors may have a hard time sleeping if they have a TV or laptops in their bedroom. These electronic devices may distract your loved one`s sleep and may change their sleeping patterns. These devices may also enhance stress level of your loved ones.

4. Create a Routine before Going to Bed
To enhance melatonin which is a sleep inducing hormone, your loved ones may create soothing changes every night before going to bed. Yoga may help some seniors in getting their body and mind relaxed. Family caregivers can also suggest their loved ones to have a warm shower which may