Ever wondered the impact overall well being has on our lives? In the times of epidemics, with Corona virus being the latest in this episode, it is challenging to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Various aspects of wellness are so intrinsically connected that overlooking even a single ingredient can make our life tasteless.

Ugandans are the fittest people on the planet as per a report by the World Health Organization whereas Spanish are considered as the healthiest according to the Bloomberg Global Health Index.

Now, this is exactly where Overall Wellness comes into picture as being fit does not necessarily means healthy.

Wellness is a holistic approach encompassing not just your physical fitness but also mental & spiritual condition, socio-economic factors & environment.

Improving wellness is not an overnight process. It takes time and continuous efforts to develop good habits.

You can start with simple and seemingly smaller things in the beginning and learn to stick to the routine.

 

As Fit as a Fiddle: Physical Wellness

Coming out of your comfort zone is tough in the beginning, chaotic in the middle, and awesome in the end…because in the end, it shows you a whole new world.

Do you often dilly-dally your exercise sessions, does your heart rate goes up only while playing video games or watching web series, do you constantly battle between laziness & hunger, you can gossip for long but find no time for exercises. Welcome to the world of couch potatoes!

As per the World Health Organization, globally 28% of adults aged 18 and over were not active enough. This means they do not meet the global recommendations of at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity, or 75 minutes vigorous-intensity physical activity per week.

Quoting another recent report published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, people physically inactive for at least two years before the Covid-19 pandemic were more likely to be hospitalized, to require intensive care, and to die.

Sedentary lifestyle has serious consequences in the form of cardio-vascular diseases, obesity, hypertension, osteoporosis, cancer, depression to name a few.

Regular exercise boosts immune system, increases blood flow, reduces stress, & strengthens antibodies, ammunition we need to combat Covid-19 & other infections.

Aren’t these reasons enough to make necessary changes in our daily routine?

Well, at least I am compelled enough to take a short break from writing and go for a nice 30 minutes exercise session. Are you coming too?

 

You are what you eat

 

On the food front, I am an advocate of traditional dietary habits followed by our grandparents.

Our habits have changed significantly with a shift from diets high in complex carbohydrates and fiber towards a more varied one with a higher proportion of fats, saturated fats, and sugar.

As long as you love home cooked food you can always experiment with a variety of vegetables and other stuffs available in your kitchenette.

Off lately, I am finding a growing craze among people to have a kitchen garden of their own. It is really heartening to see some signs of a return to traditional eating.

After all, our grandparents used to have real foods and not the processed and canned items.

One more reason that our grandparents live healthily is because they used to eat less. It was mainly because way back then they didn’t have so many choices available, families to cater were big and income was less.


A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything. – Irish Proverb

 

An inadequate amount or erratic schedule of sleep can cause restlessness throughout the day.

My writing work along with all the daily chores requires clear head. An insufficient sleep clearly has an impact upon my mood and performance.

I have developed the habit of going to bed mostly at the same time and also switch off Wi-Fi of my mobile to not to get bothered by late night messages or notification beeps.

Keep the room as dark, quiet and ventilated as possible and put to rest all your worries for a good night dreams.

One more thing that requires a day in your calendar is regular medical check-ups. They help in detecting any disease or life threatening health condition in time and ensure proper treatment is given quickly.

 

Make up your mind: Mental & Emotional Wellness

Mental illnesses are more common than cancer, diabetes or heart disease.

Evidence suggests that 450 million people worldwide have some mental illness. Major depression ranks fourth among the top 10 leading causes of disease worldwide.

By 2029, mental illness is predicted to become the leading cause of disease worldwide. One million people commit suicide every year and 10 to 20 million attempt it. (Source: Wikipedia)

 

Yes, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel

 

I can easily connect with this, as having known my mother going through the symptoms of depression: sleepless nights, anxiety, low self esteem, suicidal thoughts, fear, etc.

Almost all of us went through some or other forms of emotional stress at various points in life. The biggest mistake most of us make is to keep ignoring the signs & symptoms until they start taking a toll on us.

DO NOT GO INTO THE SHELL. Once facing an emotional distress, most of us cut off ourselves from the rest of the world.

This is exactly what my mother didn’t choose to do back then. She openly talked about her problems with the doctor, counselors & colleagues.

 

Believe in yourself, you have the fighter in you.

Check on your family, friends, neighbors or support groups. Seek the help of counselors, doctors, therapists, etc.

It is also seen that strong spiritual & religious beliefs have helped people coping well with illness, pain and life stresses. Several spiritual practices such as meditation, prayers, breathing techniques, chanting mantras promote positive self-belief, strength and inner peace.

 

Be more Neighborly:  Social & Environmental Wellness

Evidence suggests that a significant number of individuals, at least in developed countries, are lonely. People who are socially isolated have higher rate of illness and chronic disease.

Create a strong social network by taking out time for family & friends, establish new connections, treat others with respect and care, and reach out to others for help by sharing resources.

 

PS: It is requested to take care of Covid Appropriate Behavior. Greet without physical contact, maintain physical distance, wear face mask, avoid unnecessary travel, discourage crowd, do not discriminate against anyone, and seek psycho social support for any stress or anxiety.
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93 Comments

Neeti · April 24, 2021 at 6:15 pm

super writeup dear Malavika.
enclosing essential but hidden factors of our health ..carryon with your valuable advices to the society.

    Malavika · April 26, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    Thanks a lot dear di for your remarks. They will help me in staying motivated.

Chhaya · April 24, 2021 at 6:33 pm

Very interesting and informtive article. Very relevant in this pandemic period. Congratulations for this excellent effort.

    Malavika · April 26, 2021 at 6:30 pm

    Thanks a lot for your comments.

Kunal · April 24, 2021 at 6:36 pm

Excellent write up. Touches upon the most important aspects fo life – wellbeing and fitness. Eagerly looking forward to more articles.

    Malavika · April 26, 2021 at 6:30 pm

    Thanks a lot dear Kunal for your views. They will keep me motivated.

Sumit Arora · April 24, 2021 at 7:04 pm

A very beautifully written article. Provides the information on wellness, today’s requirement.

    Malavika · April 26, 2021 at 6:29 pm

    Thanks a lot for your remarks.

रूपसिंह चन्देल · April 24, 2021 at 7:15 pm

एक शानदार आलेख मालविका। आगे भी ऐसे आलेख लिखती रहो। शुभकामनाएं।

    ram prasad · April 24, 2021 at 8:39 pm

    सचमुच आदरणीय

      Malavika · April 26, 2021 at 6:21 pm

      Thanks a lot Uncle for your remarks.

    Malavika · April 26, 2021 at 6:29 pm

    Thanks a lot for your remarks.

Vishal · April 24, 2021 at 7:50 pm

Very well written and very informative…!!!

    Malavika · April 26, 2021 at 6:29 pm

    Thanks a lot for your remarks.

Gunjan Ahuja · April 24, 2021 at 8:02 pm

Very nicely chosen topic depicted here.. Need of an hour.. Kudos.. happy learnings

    Malavika · April 26, 2021 at 6:28 pm

    Thanks a lot for your valuable comments. Will keep me going.

Neha Kapoor · April 24, 2021 at 8:03 pm

Very well explained !

    Malavika · April 26, 2021 at 6:28 pm

    Thanks much dear Neha for your kind remarks.

Kamlesh thakur · April 24, 2021 at 8:04 pm

Malvika congratulations.a well studied and informative. Every one will learn from your article.

    Malavika · April 26, 2021 at 6:24 pm

    Thanks a lot uncle for your words of encouragement.

Pratima · April 24, 2021 at 8:04 pm

Can’t agree more! Lovely write up witj facts n figures!

    Malavika · April 26, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    Thanks dear Pratima for your views. They will inspire me to write more.

AllenGak · April 24, 2021 at 8:30 pm

It is a pity, that now I can not express – I hurry up on job. But I will be released – I will necessarily write that I think on this question.
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    Malavika · April 26, 2021 at 6:22 pm

    Thanks much to you Allen. I will eagerly wait for your writing on this. Stay connected.

Puneet Karnani · April 24, 2021 at 8:50 pm

It’s a fact “Welcome to the world of couch potatoes!” Laziness on height in term of exercise.
Like your way to touch different topics which touch our life as well, either directly or indirectly. Keep take out some time to share your thoughts with us

Ramprasad · April 24, 2021 at 9:20 pm

वर्तमान के लिए बहुत ही सार्थक आलेख के लिए हार्दिक बधाई। भारतीय जीवन और खान-पान शैली से ही हम पार पा सकते है इस पीड़ादायक दौर से।

    Malavika · April 26, 2021 at 6:20 pm

    Thanks a lot uncle for your views on the article.

shashi kandpal · April 24, 2021 at 9:31 pm

I really appreciate your thoughts about wellness n health. being healthy means a lot of efforts. you rightly said that people get time to gossip but miss the necessary exercise which make their lives good.
you covered all the necessary points to be healthy for through out our life. hope people will understand your concern and will follow the good rules to be healthy and happy.
thanks for your beautiful article, keep writing to motivate.

    Malavika · April 26, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    Thanks a lot Aunty for your precious comments. They will keep me motivated to write more

sonika · April 24, 2021 at 10:15 pm

Thanks for sharing such a nice thoughts on health an wellness. I really like this.

    Malavika · April 26, 2021 at 6:16 pm

    Thanks a lot dear for your precious comments.

Shalini Singh · April 24, 2021 at 10:17 pm

Very informative, precise and useful article underlining the importance of wellness in today’s busy lifestyle. Beautiful and eloquent writing, wishing to read more from you… All the best…

    Malavika · April 26, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    Thanks a lot for your views on the article as well as best wishes.

Nibedita Dutta · April 24, 2021 at 10:20 pm

Awesome article. It touched all the things that matters. Keep up the good work Malaika! Proud of you.

    Malavika · April 26, 2021 at 6:13 pm

    Thanks a lot dear Nibedita for your remarks. They will keep me moving.

      Nibedita Dutta · April 27, 2021 at 10:08 am

      Pleasure is all mine. Proud to be your friend.

Nupur · April 24, 2021 at 10:59 pm

Very informative post. Many thanks for writing this. Looking forward to many more such ideas and tips for maintaining our well being:-)

    Malavika · April 26, 2021 at 6:12 pm

    Thanks a lot dear Nupur for your comments.

Akanksha · April 24, 2021 at 11:38 pm

Beautifully written dear sister. This content shows all aspects kept in mind regarding present scenario. A very interesting Blog on Health and fitness. Looking forward for more informative articles.

    Malavika · April 26, 2021 at 6:12 pm

    Thanks a lot dear Akanksha for your remarks. They will help me in writing more.

Manoj Kumar Arora · April 24, 2021 at 11:46 pm

It’s really vital information with deeply study n experience. Keep it up ….. people will definitely love to follow ur steps.

    Malavika · April 26, 2021 at 6:10 pm

    Thanks a lot bhaiya for your words of encouragement.

Dr. Charu Sharma · April 25, 2021 at 12:26 am

Beautifully written… All the aspects relating to current scenario are well described.
Looking forward to other such informative write ups.

    Malavika · April 26, 2021 at 6:09 pm

    Thanks a lot for your precious comments. They will definitely inspire me to write more.

Meena Chawla · April 25, 2021 at 7:13 am

Very well written .

Meena Chawla · April 25, 2021 at 7:15 am

बहुत सुंदर लेख। यूंही लिखती रहो ।

    Malavika · April 26, 2021 at 6:08 pm

    Thanks a lot for your comments. They will keep me motivated.

Kirti · April 25, 2021 at 7:21 am

Very informative and useful article. Discusses very important aspects of life generally ignored by most of us. Great going Malavika..! looking forward for many more articles like this.

    Malavika · April 26, 2021 at 6:07 pm

    Thanks for your comments dear. They will inspire me to write more.

Rajat Kumar Singh · April 25, 2021 at 7:45 am

Health is a very important factor of our life and i think you have covered all the aspects related to health, including physical to mental health. It’s really informative and inspiring.

Good job and all the best

    Malavika · April 26, 2021 at 6:06 pm

    Thanks a lot bhaiya for your words of encouragement.

Puneet · April 25, 2021 at 8:19 am

It’s a fact “Welcome to the world of couch potatoes!” Laziness on height in term of exercise.
Like your way to touch different topics which touch our life as well either directly or indirectly. Keep take out some time to share your thoughts with us

    Malavika · April 26, 2021 at 6:05 pm

    Thanks a lot dear friend. These comments will help me in staying motivated.

Richa Nigam · April 25, 2021 at 8:47 am

Welldone Malavika. Very good observations of our health. We can relate things in this pandemic period. All the best for your future writeups.

    Malavika · April 26, 2021 at 6:03 pm

    Thanks a lot dear Richa for your best wishes. Stay connected.

Anuj Saini · April 25, 2021 at 9:29 am

A Very well articulated write up for healthy lifestyle. And Absolutely relevant for most of us.

    Malavika · April 26, 2021 at 6:01 pm

    Thanks a lot for your precious comments. They will keep me motivated.

माधव सक्सेना · April 25, 2021 at 12:35 pm

उज्जवल भविष्य की कामना. अंग्रेजी के साथ साथ हिंदी में भी प्रयास करो.

    Malavika · April 26, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    Thanks a lot uncle. Will definitely try my hands on hindi, in the time to come.

Pooja sood · April 26, 2021 at 11:40 am

Very informative and need of time.
Wish all the best and Happy writing.

Keep writing!!!

    Malavika · April 26, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    Thanks a lot dear friend. Your comments will keep me going.

Shipra · April 26, 2021 at 11:54 am

Nice article, thanks

    Malavika · April 26, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    Thanks a lot Shipra for your time and comments. Stay connected.

Subhra Mukherjee · April 26, 2021 at 1:37 pm

Well written… Very useful blog for all of us in the present scenario… All the best for future.

    Malavika · April 26, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    Thanks a lot Subhra for your best wishes and comments. They are inspiring.

Kavita Maiti · April 26, 2021 at 2:35 pm

“you are what you eat”, so apt title, to which I fully agree. Overall wellness is also an outcome of a positive and cheerful mind. Good article. Keep posting.

    Malavika · April 26, 2021 at 5:56 pm

    Thanks a lot Kavita for your precious comments. They will keep me going.

Kartik Singh Rathore · April 26, 2021 at 2:45 pm

One should follow this life style and right way of eating habbits. Hats off to Malvika for taking out time to pen down her observations. Hope to see more articals which reflects the society concerned.

    Malavika · April 26, 2021 at 5:56 pm

    Thanks a lot Kartik for your comments. They will keep me motivated.

Sandip Singh · April 27, 2021 at 12:34 am

Very well articulated. This is very interesting and informative for all of us to follow it. Great work

    Malavika · April 27, 2021 at 8:35 am

    Thanks Sandy for your generous comments. They will keep me going. Take care dear.

Aaronted · April 27, 2021 at 4:21 am

I am final, I am sorry, I too would like to express the opinion.

    Malavika · April 27, 2021 at 8:35 am

    Thanks a lot dear Aaronted for your comments. I will be glad to hear from you on the topic. Best wishes and stay connected.

Faisal Taskheer · April 27, 2021 at 8:49 pm

Very Informative article .

    Malavika · April 27, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    Thanks a lot for your valuable comment.

Rajat Sharma · April 27, 2021 at 9:51 pm

Very well articulated but what to do of those long working hrs where u also need to connect to the rest of the world by signing off late. This is a very big problem which disrupts all the body system being your food habits or being your sleeping time. Anyways how are you and what are you upto these days???

    Malavika · April 28, 2021 at 7:18 am

    Dear Rajat, thanks a lot for your comments. The points raised by you need dire attention. I will try to cover these concerns in my upcoming articles. I am doing good. How about u? Stay safe and connected.

Abhishek Sharma · April 28, 2021 at 11:20 am

Great Words ! “I do not remember the last time I read something as worth reading stuff you articulated which makes me think deep about everything”..

Thanks for uplifting everyone’s morale, for pushing the boundaries and lifting everyone during the difficult times. Stay Healthy is “the most essential” requirement in life.

I hope that you continue to embrace your creativity and utilize it for as long as possible.

    Malavika · April 28, 2021 at 11:51 am

    Thanks a lot bhaiya for your words of encouragement. They will motivate me to write more. Your self commitment towards health is in itself worth following. Keep inspiring!

Mayank · April 29, 2021 at 8:12 pm

Great article and very useful one in these times. Thanks Malavika for sharing

    Malavika · April 30, 2021 at 6:44 am

    Thanks a lot dear Mayank for your comments.

      Alok Jha · May 1, 2021 at 12:45 pm

      Very well written and relevant in time. I do long runs frequently, running gives me happiness and freedom from altered thoughts. Thanks for such a wonderful article..keep writing..all the best and stay safe…

        Malavika · May 1, 2021 at 1:20 pm

        Thanks a lot bhaiya for your comments and best wishes. The pandemic has forced us to take a pause to reflect upon our health, in its entirety. Keep taking care of your health and keep inspiring others in the process. Stay safe and connected.

Payal Thapliyal · April 30, 2021 at 11:54 pm

Very informative and relevant article. Really loved the information and appropriate explanation of related perspective.

    Malavika · May 1, 2021 at 8:17 am

    Thanks dear Payal for your views on the article.

Saurabh · May 3, 2021 at 6:51 pm

Very well written, an intresting and informative article.

    Malavika · May 4, 2021 at 7:15 am

    Thanks a lot Saurabh for your comments on the article.

rhinkifs · May 5, 2021 at 5:53 pm

Excuse for that I interfere … I understand this question. I invite to discussion.

    Malavika · May 5, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    Thanks for your comments on the article. I will eagerly wait for your thoughts on the same.

Kumari · June 20, 2021 at 9:27 am

Hello,
I would like to thank you for sharing this interesting information, the tips provided for flashing the ROM will be useful for a lot of people. I was actually looking for a reflection of my life essay, nevertheless, I like it a lot.

    Malavika · June 27, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    Thanks a lot Kumari for your words of encouragement.

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