Remember health balance and strengthen public health

Remember health balance and strengthen public health

Physical and mental health is something we take for granted. Social health is the third dimension where we can learn from countries’ handling of Corona virus, the disease COVID19 and the crisis it causes on a global level.

Per Olsson, Strength stairs

We often talk about health having three dimensions. The physical, the mental and the social dimension. The two first, physical and mental, are easy to grasp and relate to whilst the third, is more abstract. All three are important though for the health balance.

We can learn from experiences of the ongoing pandemic, on a personal level so we are even better prepared next time we are going through a global infection.

Handling of our physical health

Depending on how ill we get we get some kind of medical care or advice in relation to this. This is one important reason why we all need to take conscious steps towards sustainable health, to raise the chance of avoiding ending up in a health care service.

Important point though, of course we should seek medical advice if necessary.

Strengthen the immune system

There are scientific evidence that cardio and strength exercise gives us a stronger health and immune system, read more about that on US Centers for disease control and prevention
https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/pa-health/index.htm#reducing-disease
or UK National Health Service
https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/five-ways-to-stay-healthy-this-winter/

A conclusion here is that many need to do something to raise the pulse and train some strength. If you need tips how to get started you can follow our Challenge of the month, you can start anytime and we add one challenge per month.

Handling of our mental health

Human handle stress good, provided we get recovery now and then. I times of crisis we can be under stress for long periods, with no real recovery, due to for example

  • we are currently experiencing a crisis, which can put pressure on us and cause traumas.
  • we are in a constant flow of news reports from media, a sort of information overload.
  • we are surrounded by other stressed persons, and since we are herding we tend to behave like the rest of the group.
  • anxiety and worry what will happen and during and after the crisis.

There are things to improve within exercise, nutrition and recovery to manage stressful situations a bit better. .

Strengthen stress resistance

Exercise

There are scientific evidence that cardio and strength exercise makes us more stress resistant. Hence, if you are healthy otherwise you can exercise so the pulse goes up a couple to three times a week where the goal should be to add up to 150 minutes according to guidelines from WHO and CDC/NHS

Read more about in on for example US Centers for disease control and prevention
https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/pa-health/index.htm#reducing-disease
or UK National Health Service
https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/five-ways-to-stay-healthy-this-winter/

Nutrition

A well balanced nutrition can help us be more stress resistant. You can put some extra thought in eating a little bit of everything. Hence you can try to make sure there is proteins, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins and minerals on the plate and a good model for this is the British NHS Eatwell guide and the US USDA MyPlate model.

Here you can find guidance in finding a wellbalansed nutrition from UK NHS Eatwell guide, and once again it is ok to take the changes in conscious steps:
https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/the-eatwell-guide/

For further guidance in US you can visit the USDA website to find more information about the MyPlate Model:
https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2017/09/26/back-basics-all-about-myplate-food-groups

Recovery

One of the clearest shining stars in stress handling. We need rest and we need sleep. A thing like taking regular pauses during the work day and also to rest in the evening. You also need to work with your sleep habits so they look somewhat the same every day, you go to sleep at the same time and wake up at the same time.

Read more on Stockholm Universitys web page, just one of many institutes sharing information, about stress and sleep
https://www.stressforskning.su.se/english/about-us/about-stress-sleep

Read more on Harvard Medical School blog about how to improve relaxation and recovery:
https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/six-relaxation-techniques-to-reduce-stress

Handling of our social health

A somewhat challenging situation regards social health, since it is dependent on external circumstances where social relations and a sound place in society are important factors.

Strengthen social relations

Even if it is challenging to strengthen or create new social relations there are ways to take conscious steps to achieve this.

Strengthen current

We think the quote below gives ideas and says a lot about what to work with to strengthen social relations.

An interpersonal relationship is a strong, deep, or close association or acquaintance between two or more people that may range in duration from brief to enduring. The context can vary from family or kinship relations, friendship, marriage, relations with associates, work, clubs, neighborhoods, and places of worship.

Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interpersonal_relationship

Hence it is essential to groom ones relations with a big personal responsibility regardless if it is to one or more persons. One should also keep in mind that relationships should give energy.

Create new

Here is another quote and also a valuable guidance in the work of creating relations.

This association may be based on inference, love, solidarity, support, regular business interactions, or some other type of social connection or commitment. Interpersonal relationships thrive through equitable and reciprocal compromise, they form in the context of social, cultural and other influences.

Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interpersonal_relationship

You can find new ways and contexts to socialize, and it can be challenging and outside the comfort zone for some and lower threshold for some. Test different alternatives and take it in conscious steps.

What can we do to strengthen the public health

We have seen improvements in air quality over Kina and Europe due to the Corona virus and its impact on us and the communities. For those who currently work from home and who usually commute by public transport or some other vehicle (eg where you sit throughout the journey), use this new commute time and do even more for public health.

Here are some suggestions

  • Take a morning walk, a walk longer than to the closest bus stop or parking lot for the car. You can also exercise at home with some imagination and tips from Internet. What a super start of the day and together we do good for public health.
  • Be social for real, go one step further than just precing like in social media. Interact, call your colleagues/friends/family/relatives a couple of times during the day with video call and speak for a while. Social health is as important as the physical and mental health.
  • Take breaks even when at home, a micro pause with closed eyes and a couple of deep breaths every now and then to calm the body down and charge the batteries.
  • Eat even more nutritious than ordinary if possible, fill up with everything we need of fat, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. The body needs good energy

Check out Generation Pep for pep and read more on US CDC / EU ECDC for info about public health and the ongoing pandemic.

Summary

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