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.