Monday, April 27, 2009

Swine Flu and You - 9 Quick Tips

Swine Flu is a huge concern right now all over the world, and particularly in the United States since we border on Mexico, where this flu is rumored to have come from.

This is one of the few times the news media can actually do you some good by keeping you up-to-date on the outbreak, spread and containment of this flu.

Here are a few pointers that you might want to add to your arsenal of ideas:

1. Children are the most prevalent carriers of colds and flues. They sneeze, pick their nose, sip off of others cups and are constantly touching everything and putting their fingers in their mouth

So stay away from the McDonald’s play land for awhile, and large gatherings in general.

It wouldn’t hurt to keep them home from daycare or school also. In fact, that’s a great idea anyway - actually being with your children rather than paying others to raise them!

How did we ever become a society that outsources the raising of children? Hmmmm ... that’s a great topic for another newsletter.

I know many good folks are stuck in that right now because of economic necessity - but if you look at your life you may find some things are not actually necessary after all, and if you are truly determined, you can find a way to make it happen.

After all, what could be more important?

It first starts with desire motivated by love. With that, soon things that seemed impossible become possible!

2. Crowded transport. When an outbreak such as this occurs, it’s definitely time to avoid public transport, particularly airplanes and buses where the air is stagnant and shared by everyone.

Add cold weather to that and you watch the windows fog up with everyone’s breath - yuck! It is a good idea to avoid whenever possible, and particularly during outbreaks of flues and colds.

3. Fast food. The fast food industry has masses of people running through it, often using public transport to get there. Stay away until this passes over.

4. Shopping. When you go for groceries, etc. ; do it on the “off hours” - late at night or on a Monday morning after the rush hour - when there is less people there.

The less people, the less chance of a flu being passed to you. Makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?

5. Stock up on essentials when you can. Have enough food to stay home for a few weeks if you need to.

That’s not so unreasonable, is it?

6. Have an exit plan. If you live in a city where this is a huge concern, start thinking now - do you have what it takes to hit the road quickly, and do you have a pre-determined safe place to go?

It’s not that complicated. Just call grandma in South Dakota or wherever, or pick a far away rural city where you have friends or family (or even if you don’t), pick one that’s suitable and map it out in advance - make sure you have a full tank of gas and a little cash on hand to see you there.

7. Hygiene. The golden rule is always: No Hands To The Face!

Refrain from shaking hands for awhile, if you have been out in public do not itch your eye, pick your teeth, wipe your nose or anything until you’ve used some Purell to disinfect your hands. How many dozens or even hundreds of people in the last 24 hours have wiped their nose, etc, and then put their hand on that same supermarket door or counter that you just put your hand on?

That makes sense now, right?

8. Above all, no panic!

Make a few common-sense preparations and then go about life normally. If the sh-- does hit the fan, you’ll be ready to move quickly because you planned ahead.

9. Opportunity for learning and growth! All of this makes for a great time to look at your lifestyle, your diet and your true priorities. What an opportunity for growth!

Your personal success coach,

Scott Bolan

Martial Mastery is TOTAL Life Mastery