New Delhi: Taking care of one’s own health is very important especially in the wake of a global pandemic. Transferred via droplets, coronavirus is spreading fast and has affected more than 13 crore people around the world. According to Dr. Monica Mahajan, Director, internal medicine at Max Healthcare, a few simple changes can help boost overall health. She says,
The WHO (World Health Organisation) defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. With technological innovation, the need to put in physical labour by humans is reducing, directly affecting the health of individuals. This World Health Day, let’s take a pledge to make all necessary changes in your lifestyle for a healthy life.
Here are some healthy practices that can be adopted in the pursuit of a healthy life:
1. Be Positive:
Dr. Mahajan says that keeping a positive outlook is extremely important for a healthy mind. She says,
We are born survivors. This too shall pass. Seek place of mind through meditation, yoga, music, reading, etc. Avoid negative vibes.
She further recommends using technology to remain informed and seek refuge away from COVID-19.
Lifestyle diseases such as obesity, hypertension or heart diseases are easier to deal with by putting efforts in preventing them rather than tackling them after a patient gets it. She says that working out can keep both mind and body healthy. She added,
Improvise. There are plenty of options for exercising at home. Take assistance from online videos. Dance to music. Pranayam and breathing exercises are great.
3. Eat Sensibly:
Nutrition is another important step toward a healthy life, as per Dr. Mahajan. She says,
Abs are made in the kitchen. You would not want to gather flab and raise your cholesterol and sugar during the pandemic. Healthy eating habits improve immunity.
She also highlighted that underlying diseases related to unhealthy lifestyle can become a deterrent in the fight against COVID-19.
4. Streamline Medical Records:
Dr. Mahajan suggests creating medical records files for the entire family. She says,
Keeping a record of your doctor visits and other health-related activities will help in the long run. So document allergies, surgeries and immunization records.
5. Don’t Panic:
According to Dr. Mahajan, keeping calm can do wonders. She suggests refraining from any sorts of self-diagnosis. She says,
In case of any symptoms, avoid self-diagnosis. Reach out to your doctor for help. Keep calm and do not panic. Focus on recovery and keep others safe from catching the infection.