I am a germ freak. I am well aware that we live in a world filled with complicated cooties and I try my best to not let those pesky germs invade my private space. I get a flu shot religiously every fall. I wash my hands a billion times a day with very hot water while singing, “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” to insure I am washing the proper amount of time to kill germs. If I’m not near a water source, then I use one of the three bottles of anti-bacterial gel in my purse. Elbows are great for pushing buttons on elevators. When I hear coughing or sniffling around me, I shudder, hold my breath, and run away from the source. (I am not the friendliest this time of year) I even have an anti-bacterial key ring. I found it on USA Today a couple of years ago. When I approach a door knob (a proven germ magnet), I simply press a button and wa-la– this hook pops out which I then insert over the door knob or bar and pull gently to open the door. Am I fanatical? Probably. People do give me strange glares. But I don’t mind. Since adopting these habits, my incidents of colds, flus, and other gross and disgusting illnesses have certainly been curtailed.
With the season of holiday joy and flu misery upon us, I am always on the look out for additional ways I can boost my germ fighting capacity. Today, I found a cool tip in a most unexpected place: The Annual Education Conference for the California School Boards Association. I am in San Diego, California this week to attend this conference. Today’s key note speaker, Jamie Vollmer, was speaking on “Increasing Public Support for America’s Public Schools” and in his presentation he gave “Five ‘S’ Tips” to utilize in changing the conversation of schools from being negative centered to a more positive outlook. He also happened to mention that these same “Five ‘S’ Tips” can be used to improve your immunity. How is this possible you ask? Well, when you are in a negative frame of mind (getting upset with your husband or your kids; yelling at the rude driver in front of you; worried about your bills; etc.), you actually are compromising your immune system and therefore making you more susceptible to germs and sickness. Research has shown that when you are thinking and acting in a positive manner, your immune system is fortified and more efficient in fighting off illness.
Mr. Vollmer’s “Five ‘S’ Tips” to going from negative to positive are:
Stop your negative thoughts and words immediately.
Shift your attention from a negative way of looking at the situation to a positive one.
Share something positive instead. Remember a good turn your husband or kids did for you; focus on the roadway and the sites instead of that pesky driver; think about all you have and make a plan to pay down your debt.
Sustain your efforts. When the automatic tendency to go to the dark side hits you, remember your commitment to be healthy and run to the positive side first.
Start NOW!!! Don’t wait for a possible negative situation to arise. Begin now looking at the positive side of any circumstance. Verbally share your thanks and appreciation at every turn. By getting in this habit, it will be a lot easier to not get wrapped up in negativity the next time you find yourself in a trying situation.
Hip Hip Hooray for another way to stay healthy and strong during the season of holiday joy and ultimate cooties.