World Health Day 2020: How to Celebrate From Your Home
The irony in celebrating a day focused on health right now is heavy. Normally, we might encourage students to consider one of our community health programs, but this year community health has come to our homes. At this point, most of us are confined to our homes to protect our health and that of others. We all know why it’s necessary, but as our emotions and thoughts fluctuate between panic and “this too shall pass”, each day becomes more of a challenge. That’s why it’s more important than ever not only to take the precautions to avoid getting sick but to engage yourself in a lifestyle that will keep you healthy.
One of the easiest ways to stay healthy while at home is to exercise. Physical activity is a gold mine of goodness for your body and mind. If you can leave your house I strongly encourage you to do any kind of outdoor physical movement; walking, biking, hiking, your favorite HIIT routine, yoga. Breathing in fresh air and getting some natural vitamin D is essential for good health and a strong immune system. Exercise brings more oxygen and nutrients to your body, strengthens the systems of the body, and releases happy endorphins. See, gold mine!! Here are some of my favorite online workouts that can be done at home, in your yard, or down the sidewalk. All are free and require no equipment. Many of these fitness professionals have multiple free workouts available, so if you end up loving them you can switch it up a bit!
I would be doing you an injustice if I didn’t touch a bit on mental health. At times like these, it’s easy for our thoughts to get the best of us. Many of us have experienced a complete life change in the last few weeks. Acknowledging this and the difficulty in mindfully adjusting can’t be lost here. Whether you’re handling it well or you’ve become anxious, providing your mind the time to stay balanced and well is essential right now. Breath-work and meditation can provide you with moments of clarity, reduce stress, improve digestion, strengthen the lungs… the benefits are honestly countless. Even if you only have five minutes a day, give yourself those five minutes. There is an abundance of free guided videos on youtube. Take advantage of them! Here are a few to get you started.
Activating the physical and mental bodies is pointless if you don’t nourish your body. Gut health cannot take a back seat to the other two, as the three are connected. It is scientifically proven that if one is off, they all become imbalanced. The key here is to listen to your body and eat with the intention to feed your body so it can function in good health. I know this is a difficult time for many. The idea of heading out for groceries can be nerve-racking for both health and financial reasons. So, do your best, no matter what that may be!
If you can get to the store or other local community food options try and snag food rich in (natural) color. Pick up items that pair well nutritionally with things you already have at home. Most importantly, no matter what you’re eating, eat with gratitude. Check out some of these articles for information on healthy eating.
Now, for a bit of soul, do something that can improve the physical, mental, or spiritual health of someone else. If donating monetarily is in your means right now, I strongly encourage you to do so. Whether something on a global level or a local level speaks to you, follow that voice and give what you can. If you’re mobile and feel able to shop for people at high-risk, this is another amazing way to help during this time. If you’re looking for a big way to make an impact without leaving your home or turning to your wallet then simply check on someone. Not the normal people you are checking on, but think of someone from work or school that might not have anyone reaching out to them. That is the person who needs your hello and smile the most right now.
From Rustic Pathways to everyone around the world, we wish you an abundance of health today and every day. We feel so fortunate to be a part of a global community that cares so deeply about one another. Many thanks to the healthcare workers, hospital admin, cleaning crews, store workers, gas station attendants, pharmacists, and so many more for the risks they take for us to all have what we need. We are in this together.