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Protect Yourself From COVID-19

You are probably hearing a lot about the importance of washing your hands and disinfecting your surroundings to keep from catching and spreading germs. But how about the things you use regularly, like your cell phone? This much-used object can be a major means of picking up and spreading germs. Here are some tips for keeping your cellphone clean and protecting yourself at the same time.

🦠📲Germs and bacteria can live on hard surfaces – like your cell phone! – for days.

☠ Just think of all the places your cellphone travels … and the surfaces it has touched. Euuw, right? 🚽

💥In the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, there are some actions you can take to protect yourself (and your devices!). 

🙀First: Avoid putting your phone near your face. Use the speaker whenever possible.

💦Second: Disinfect your phone DAILY. Check with your phone’s manufacturer, but Apple says its safe to use Clorox disinfecting wipes on its phones.

🚫Other common cleaners (like alcohol, vinegar, window cleaning spray, or anything abrasive) can damage your phone so it’s important to double-check. 

Here’s a link for more cleaners to use or avoid: www.cnet.com/how-to/coronavirus-and-your-phone-how-to-effectively-clean-and-disinfect-your-device/

💡Note: these actions are important even when there’s not a global health threat, since studies show most cell phones are laden with bacteria.

👐TIP: If it’s been a while since you’ve disinfected your phone, wash your hands thoroughly, disinfect the phone, and then wash your hands again, to avoid cross-contamination!

Stay tuned for more ways to cope with the coronavirus while you stay at home. If you have not yet joined my Type 2 Diabetics Network Facebook Group now is the best time to do so. We will be sharing tips and stories to keep you informed and encouraged. Sign up now.

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monday motivation – do you keep your word?

A handshake is no longer binding

Disobedient children

Our scripture reading in church yesterday included this verse: “We will do everything the Lord has said; we will obey” (Exodus 24: 7) NIV. But sadly, very little time had passed after the children of Israel said this than they began to disobey. God became so furious He would have destroyed them had Moses not pleaded for them.

Just a handshake

Have you vowed to do something only to change your mind soon after saying it? Long ago, all that was needed for a contract to be binding was for both parties to shake hands. Nowadays, contracts are multi-page documents with language only a legal expert can understand. Why is that? Because most of us do not keep our word, we have to have something in writing that no one can easily dispute.

Keeping your word

How about keeping your word to yourself? Have you ever said, “I’m going to exercise four times a week?” Or, “I’m going to cut down on my sugar intake?” Or, “I’m going to add some vegetables to my diet?” Whatever promise you have made yourself (or others) and have not kept, ask God to forgive you and help you keep that promise. Your body is as important to God as your soul is. He wants you healthy so you can fulfill His purpose in this world.

Have a contract

Write your contract and put it where you can see it everyday

Go one step further and write a contract to yourself. It does not have to be several pages. Just one paragraph will do. When you write it, put it up somewhere you can see it every day. God gave Moses the Ten Commandments written on tablets of stone. That’s how important they were to God. Write your contract down because it’s important to you.

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Easy Tips To Beat The Cold And Flu Season

Flu season is here once more, and many of you may have already taken your annual flu shot. But if you are one of those people who are exposed to germs from flu and colds on a daily basis, here are some tips you can follow to help you beat the cold and flu this season.

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water to get rid of germs. Skip the antibacterial soap. In fact, in 2016, the Food and Drug Administration banned products containing triclosan and triclocarban – active ingredients in antibacterial soap – from being marketed to consumers.

If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Make sure you cover your hands completely with the sanitizer, including between your fingers, until your hands are dry.

Avoid shaking hands. This may seem rude, but it can cause the spread of germs. If you must shake hands, have your sanitizer handy or wash your hands as soon as possible afterward.

Go slow on sugar and alcohol consumption. Sugar and alcohol can suppress your immune system, making you susceptible to colds and flu.

Steer clear of colds. Avoid close contact with those who have a cold.

Do not smoke.

Follow these tips and you will not only prevent flu and colds from invading your body, but will keep your body on the path to achieving optimal health. Say no to colds and flu and yes to health!