Why our well being is extra essential now than ever
Why our health is more important now than ever
I saw a social media post the other day that was in bold letters, "Don't forget that you can still get sick" regularly "during a pandemic." It was a fantastic reminder that even if COVID-19 changes our daily lives, it shouldn't change the way we maintain our overall health, especially as it can affect not only ourselves but our communities as well. Let's examine some of the reasons why!
Prevent the disease from contracting
The simplest reason you should keep yourself healthy is to prevent the virus from contracting by strengthening your immune system to better protect you against acute illnesses caused by viruses and bacteria. This includes maintaining a nutritious diet of essential vitamins and minerals, staying hydrated to improve blood flow and immune response, getting enough sleep so your body can build infection-fighting cytokines, and actively maintaining the aging of your immune system. You can also externally prevent infection by washing your hands regularly, avoiding touching your face, wearing a mask, disinfecting your phone and other regularly used items, and social distancing.
Reduce the burden on the health system
If you stay healthy you may not need to go to a hospital or clinic, which is more likely to be exposed to other sick people and contract health-related or “hospital” infections. If you don't have to see a doctor, the burden on the health system is also relieved. The biggest concern is the risk of insufficient health services becoming available, especially as many health professionals on the front lines of COVID-19 are under extreme pressure (say a prayer for medical staff!). The aim is to ensure that the number of people who are in the hospital at any given time does not exceed the capacity of the health system. This can affect EVERYONE in need of any medical care, not just those with coronavirus.
"Healthy body, healthy mind"
Avoiding disease not only helps you stay healthy physically, but also mentally. Illnesses like the flu or the common cold can activate your immune response and cause inflammation in your body that can mimic and even cause anxiety or depressive symptoms. In addition to the physical symptoms associated with illness such as fever, congestion, or breathing problems, illnesses such as COVID-19 can lead to exhaustion and lack of energy, which can seriously affect your mental health.
Protect the health of other vulnerable populations
While you may not personally be in a population group at risk of being affected by this virus, many of you may have young children, elderly parents, or loved ones in your household. This carries an immense responsibility even under normal circumstances. However, after the pandemic, staying healthy and stopping the spread is even more important to prevent it from being passed on to the elderly, children, or immunocompromised people. If you are a parent or carer, encourage those you care to practice healthy habits so that everyone does their part to stay safe.
Set an example
The best way to encourage those around you to take care of their health is to lead by example and take care of your own health first. The number is strong. So if we can increase the number of people in the world who come together to make a difference and slow the spread of disease, we can alleviate the effects of COVID-19 in our own community.
"Dear friend, I pray that you are in good health and that all is well with you, even if your soul gets along well."
– 3 John 1: 2
Sunitha Konatham, A Shazzy Fitness Guest Blogger is a college student and freelance writer who loves to spread joy and encouragement by writing about faith, health, music, and the little moments that make life a little sweeter on her blog: For this moment.