- Becoming hyper-vigilant and managing the problem by staying busy all the time doing tasks that are not necessary, not effective, and possibly harmful because you are feeling overwhelmed.
- Avoiding the problem entirely and doing nothing because you are feeling overwhelmed.
I recently heard from a family that got themselves informed about head lice and became their own lice experts. It became evident to me that they approached their head lice issue with the right attitude when the father of the family told me that his 8 year old daughter had been going around the house singing this catchy little ditty:
"Bed bugs are mean but lice are nice!" (T., I think you are AWESOME!!!)
This family did not see head lice as a sickness, punishment, or failure. They treated it like one of life's inconveniences and obviously addressed it with patience, perseverance and humour. And they beat it!
You can too. Give your lice a bit of attitude (positive, that is!). Expect the best outcome here. If you don't want to sing about lice being nice, then come up with your own mantra to keep your spirits up through this process. Quote Rosie the Riveter, the Little Engine That Could, Barack Obama, or even Yoda if it helps you to stay positive. With a good attitude (your thoughts) and some helpful information (this blog) I know you can deal with head lice effectively.