April 7 is World Health Day.
This annual day was founded in 1948 by the World Health Organization (WHO). The goal of celebrating World Health Day is to raise awareness and improve public health across the globe.
This year’s theme is “Building a fairer, healthier world”.
Many people around the world struggle to make ends meet due to low daily wages, inadequate housing and education, less job opportunities, greater gender inequality, and limited or no access to healthy environments like clean water, air, food, and health services. This has resulted in emotional stress, avoidable sickness, and premature death.
COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on all countries, but it has been particularly severe in those societies that were already vulnerable, as they are more prone to infections and have less access to reliable health care.
Adopting an healthier lifestyle does not have to be a difficult or an expensive process.
So, here are a few health tips that can be followed daily to lead a more healthier lifestyle:
- Dedicate 30 minutes per day to physical activity: It can be yoga, zumba, a simple workout or even just a walk around the neighbourhood. It is also recommended to stretch your body everyday.
- Drink lukewarm water: Preferably the first thing in the morning or right before going to bed in the night. It is also important to drink at least 8 cups of water per day.
- Adequate Sleep: Make sure to get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep everyday.
- Be positive: Practice optimism. This will help in improving your mental health.
- Enjoy de-stressing: Listen to soothing music, stroll through the park, read a good book, or play with your pet can help you relax.
- Make sure to soak in the sun: Sun is rich in Vitamin D. It helps in improving bone health, increasing your strength, reducing symptoms of depression, and lowers the risk of cancer.
Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional with any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition. Never disregard the advice of a medical professional, or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website or online.
Beyond Blue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.