World Health Day 2022 | How can we help the world as well as ourselves?

What does a being healthy mean? Being healthy mean a person who is physically, mentally and socially fit. It is fundamental right of a person to stay healthy in all the three areas. And it is everyone’s right to know how to stay healthy and get proper help from the dedicated source.

Ailments and sickness are prevailing along with poverty which has affected millions of people in different part of the world. To make people aware about staying healthy and taking proper medical health, World health organization observes World Health Day on 7th of April every year.

Every individual is entitled to be aware about importance of good health and have access to basic health benefits around the globe.

Going back in times, the first world health assembly was organized by WHO in 1948. This assembly decided to celebrate the first world health day on 7th April 1950 and from there on to be celebrated every year on this date.

Due to the recent hit of pandemic which has not spare rich or poor, old or young, male or female and other ailments like cancer, the seriousness of spreading the word about leading a healthy lifestyle has increased by manifold.

The year 2022 is the year of hopefulness. Making earth a livable place and to achieve this the theme decided by WHO for World Health Day is Our Planet, Our Health.

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This theme aims to spread the message that respiratory ailments and complications related to it are increasing due polluted air, polluted water, unhealthy food and pandemic. Each one of us should work for the betterment of the society. This can be gained when we take the responsibility of keep our planet and our surroundings clean.

The melting ice, rise in the temperature, increase in mosquito spread disease and unclean air are all the signs that the earth is unhealthy. And when earth itself is sick how the people living on it can remain healthy? The pandemic has shown us how weak our immune systems have become with the intake of unhealthy snacks, beverages, junk food. Plastics have literary entered our food chain.

The question is how we can help the planet as well as ourselves?

The idea is simple, start by taking baby steps.

  • Try to follow basic rules formed by government on garbage division and disposal. Keep your house and surroundings healthy.
  • Minimize the use of single-use plastics. Try to buy pre-loved things where possible.
  • Make your friends, family and neighbors around you aware about the world health day and its objective.
  • Eat clean and sattvic food over packaged food. Cook it at home rather than ordering from out.
  • Last and most important engage yourself in some or the other exercise like walking, running, swimming, cycling, Yoga and Pranayama.

 

Just like people make New Year’s resolution, you can make world heath day resolution. For one full year, take up an exercise and try to be consistent about it.

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As the theme suggests that most of us have respiratory issues. One of the key solution to have a healthy system is to practice pranayama each day. Just one simple pranayama a day and it will make you healthy as ever.

Let us give you 5 simple pranayama, that can be beneficial to you and you can practice 1 pranayama per day for 5 days a week.

 1) Deep Breathing: (Pranayama for Monday)

  • Sit in sukhasana or padmasana.
  • Focus at one point and gently close your eyes.
  • Inhale through the nostrils for 6 counts.
  • Slowly exhale through the nostril for 6 counts.
  • Repeat it 5 to 10 times depending on the individual’s capacity.

 

 2) Abdominal breath: (Pranayama for Tuesday)

  • Lie down on your mat.
  • Bend the knees in such a way so that soles of the rest on the mat.
  • Knees together and feet apart.
  • Keep on palm over the belly button and another palm on the side
  • Start inhaling slowly for 4 counts and then exhale gently for 4 counts.
  • Repeat it 5 to 10 times depending on the individual’s capacity.

 

3) Anulom Vilom: (Pranayama for Wednesday)

  • Sit in sukhasana or padmasana.
  • Focus at one point and gently close your eyes.
  • Cover right nostril with right thumb and left nostril with right index finger.
  • Release the thumb and inhale for 3 counts right nostril.
  • Close the thumb, hold for six counts and exhale left nostril for 3 counts.
  • Inhale for left nostril for 3 count and close the left nostril hold for 6 counts.
  • Exhale from right nostril for 3 counts, close both the nostril for 3 counts.
  • Release the finger and inhale for 3 counts left nostril.
  • Close the finger, hold for six counts and exhale right nostril for 3 counts.
  • Inhale for right nostril for 3 count and close the right nostril hold for 6 counts.
  • Exhale from left nostril for 3 counts, close both the nostril for 3 counts.
  • Repeat this for 3 to 5 times.

 

4) Brahmari pranayama (Pranayama for Thursday)

  • Sit in sukhasana or padmasana.
  • Focus at one point and gently close your eyes.
  • Close your ears with thumbs and lightly place the finger on the eyes.
  • Inhale deeply and slowly.
  • While exhaling make the humming sound for as long as possible.
  • Repeat it for 5 to 10 times depending on the individual’s capacity.

 

5) Intercostal breathing (Pranayama for Friday)

  • Sit in sukhasana or padmasana
  • Focus at one point and gently close your eyes.
  • Place both your hands on the side of the rib cage. Feel the rib cage.
  • It should look as if you are hold the rib cage from the sides.
  • Slowly inhale for 6 counts. You should feel your ribcage is expanding.
  • Gently exhale for 6 counts and as you exhale the rib cage contracts.
  • Repeat it for 5 to 10 times.

 

Each pranayama benefits the respiratory system. Along with that it detox your entire body from within.

Start practicing pranayama each day and you will feel your physical, mental and social health in improving. Just like pranayama helps us we should find a way where earth too can breathe and detoxify itself.

So this World health day, spread the message of healthy you, healthy world.

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