How to stop touching your face

By: New York Times |

Published: March 6, 2020 10:50:37 pm

As long as your hands are clean, touching your face is not frightening. (Source: Getty Image)

Now that we know that touching our face is bad, how do we break a habit that most of us don’t know we had?

Throughout the day, we touch a lot of surfaces – dorknobs, elevator buttons, subway poles – where viruses, including new coronoviruses, can wander for days. From there, germs can be pigmented on our nose, mouth, or eyes at our fingertips, all of which are entry portals for coronoviruses, as well as other viruses and germs.

Took it Coronavirus outbreak To make many of us aware of how often we reach for our faces.

Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine of NYU Langone Health, Dr. “It’s a very difficult habit because we all do it, and often we don’t even know we’re doing it,” said Vanessa Rebbe.

Here are four tricks to help stop you.

Handle a box of tissues.

When you have the urge to scratch an itch, rub your nose or adjust your glasses, grab a tissue and use it instead of your fingers.

If you feel like you have to sneeze, but you don’t have a tissue work, aim your sneeze in the elbow instead of your hand, health experts say. Sneezing in your hand makes it more likely that you will pass your germs to other people or objects around you.

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Identify triggers.

Rabe of NYU Langone Health offered this suggestion: “Be alert to triggers.”

Wait a day to notice compulsive behavior. When you are more aware of when and why you are touching your face, addressing the root cause can be an effective solution. If you find yourself rubbing your eyes because they are dry, then use moisturizing drops. If you are using your hand as a chin rest or to adjust your hair, be aware of this, Rabe said.

Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology of Stanford Health, Drs. Justin Ko stated that they tell patients who wear contact lenses to consider wearing glasses to prevent rubbing their eyes. “Likewise,” he said, “while masks are not very effective at preventing the transmission of viruses, they can be quite helpful to provide a physical barrier against touching the nose or mouth.”

Keeping Post-It notes around the house, or on your desktop, can also serve as a helpful reminder.

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Keep your hands busy.

Doctors said that placing your hands with a stress ball or other object may reduce your tendency to touch your face and reduce triggers. Of course, do not forget to clean and clean that item regularly. If you don’t have a stress ball to squeeze, mail for sorting or laundry, you can fold your hands together on your lap or find another way to actively engage them So that you are not bringing them to your face.

Zac Sikora, a clinical psychologist at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago, said that using scented soap or lotion can also help. When you bring your hands closer to your face, that smell can make you more aware of your actions.

We know it’s tough. President Donald Trump has also struggled with this. “I haven’t seen my face in weeks!” Week has passed, ”Trump said at a meeting of the airline’s chief executives on Wednesday. “I lost.”


“My general advice would be to try to reduce their stress, as they obsessively worry about what they touch,” said Ste Shankman, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University. “Stress affects your immune system, and the more you are stressed, the more you are reducing your body’s ability to fight infection.”

He said that he is concerned about the effects of using ritualistic practices, such as a rubber band snapping on your wrist every time you touch your face. It is more effective, he said, to try to be in the present moment, practicing meditation and mindfulness exercises and focusing on your breathing.

As long as your hands are clean, touching your face is not frightening. “It’s a natural behavior that we all do,” Shankman said. “This is not the end of the world.”

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