Winter enjoyment tips for germophobes
January 14, 2014 1:27 PM Subscribe
Every year I dread cold weather, mostly for norovirus-related reasons. Especially since it seems media reports about norovirus outbreaks, flu deaths, etc. have increased over the last few years. It's all I can do to go to work and social events during the week (barely--I probably won't eat food prepared in a strange kitchen or where I notice a lack of handwashing). You could not pay
me to get on an airplane or visit a nursing home this time of year. Lately all I want to do is burrow into my apartment with herbal tea and bleach wipes, but life demands that I go to parties, spend time in public, etc.
posted by magdalemon to Health & Fitness (39 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
So winter happens every year, and I want to learn to deal with it and adopt something like nonchalance towards seasonal illnesses. How can I enjoy cold weather and forget the threat of norovirus (etc.)? How do most people "do" winter without obsessive handwashing? Any examples of healthy attitudes w/r/t sickness, or suggestions for fun habits/little treats I can throw into my routine until spring would be welcome. Anecdotes involving children would also be welcome, as I'm trying really hard not to flip out around my boyfriend's kids.
This isn't SAD-related, by the way. But I do have general anxiety issues, in addition to emetophobia, which I'm aware of and working on. So please, no suggestions to see a therapist.