Honestly, of all the CDC and WHO recommended practices, the not touching my face is the hardest for me.

I realize, I’m at home–without any new exposure–and I’ve washed my hands, repeatedly, probably even more than the rest of you because my dishwasher recently broke, so I CAN TOUCH MY FACE. But still, I’m trying not to.

Studies show we touch our faces 10-25 times an hour! Adjusting glasses, biting nails, wiping tears, scratching itches… I touched my face three times (that I noticed) while watching this ten minute video about how germs spread.

I cringe every time I see someone on TV ponder pensively, gasp, or giggle with hands to face for emphasis. I respond in like when I read about tucking the errant hair behind an ear. GET YOUR HANDS AWAY FROM YOUR FACE!

It’s important to recognize the behavior and replace it with something else. I prefer brownies. Just kidding, that would entail bringing my hand to my face again! Some ideas to keep your hands occupied when you have the desire to touch your face are to clench your fists, do finger stretching exercises, or sit on your hands. If you add a count to the distraction, say pump your fists or extend your fingers ten times or sit on your hands for a full minute, it will help the urge to pass.

Those are terrific substitutions to help break the face-touching habit.
This time of forced focus is perfect for working on my other BAD HABITS.

Like procrastination.
You know what’s NOT helping with that?

At least I got this post done on time.
Keeping my clean fingers occupied on the sanitized keyboard.

What do you find most challenging regarding the recommendations?
What are you hoping to accomplish during this down time?
Leave a comment, let me know!




About Mary Fran Says

I am an artist, crafter, designer and writer. I enjoy working with mixed media-- applying visual and tactile manipulations to telling a story. Not a lot of market for that, though, :), so I'm focusing on short story submissions and novel completions. Yes, plural. Lots of beginnings, too many ideas, not enough focus.
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