World Health Day 2022
The theme of this year’s World Health Day surrounds Health Promotion for Well-being, Equity and Sustainable Development. It is important to be aware of how individual choices and social behaviours impact our environment, yet the most important environment we operate in is within ourselves. A focus on prioritising wellbeing and acknowledging the importance of personal health, could lead to a more equitable and sustainable society.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), “global prevalence of anxiety and depression increased by a massive 25%” as a result of the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is vital that we monitor our own personal health and well-being so that we can operate to the best of our ability in all aspects of life such as living, learning, working, and playing. Covid-19 has hugely affected everyone the past two years, halting fast-paced lives and yet allowing us time to question our own health. It is important now more than ever, as we return to normality, that we take the time to listen to our bodies and monitor our personal health. Learning to monitor your health is something people who suffer from chronic illnesses do every day, yet everyone should take the time as it may prevent future illnesses and may lead to a better lifestyle.
Through managing stress levels, nutrition, activity, sleep, and mental health, it can greatly improve your quality of life leading to a more positive environment. According to Harvard Medical School, not only can insufficient sleep affect you short term, such as your mood and judgement, but inadequate sleep long term can lead to health problems such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, and early mortality. A good night’s sleep allows you to wake up feeling refreshed, ready for the day, and is only the first step to focusing on improving overall personal health and well-being. Nutrition can play a crucial role in providing energy, encouraging a balanced lifestyle and allowing one reach their health goals. Along with that, exercise and physical activity not only keep you fit and active, but also releases endorphins which help elevate your mood. An article from Harvard Health, discussed the additional benefits of exercise for managing stress levels such as reducing stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol within the body. Managing stress levels is a vital aspect of personal well-being, allowing one to live life to the fullest.
Here at Empeal we understand the need for monitoring health and well-being in order to lead a healthier and happier lifestyle. This World Health Day 2022, we hope you take the time to look at your own health and see how you can improve your personal environment through actions such as eating a balanced diet, going for a walk or taking time to practise mindfulness.
World Health Organisation, 2022, COVID-19 pandemic triggers 25% increase in prevalence of anxiety and depression worldwide – LINK
Harvard Medical School, n.d., Consequences of Insufficient Sleep – LINK
Harvard Health Publishing, 2020, Exercising to relax – LINK