World Wellness Day – #Think Magenta
On the occasion of World Wellness Day, celebrated every second Saturday in June. Human beings have come a long way in the field of technology. Machines replace human labour. This resulted in less human interactions and more virtual interactions. Although this has its own advantages in connecting countries, the aspect of feelings and emotions in human interactions has taken a back seat.
The pandemic has changed our outlook on life in many ways and helped us learn a lot of new things. The rapid spread of news about Covid-19 has happened thanks to media input. The day started for most people by reviewing Covid-19 infection stats/data, more so via WhatsApp groups. With the spread of Covid-19 infection, despair, uncertainty and fear have also spread leading to a lot of negativity.
What happens to our physiology with negative thoughts?
This influx of negative thoughts had turned into a cascade of reactions and many succumbed to this fear and desperation more than Covid-19 itself. Our thoughts have an impact on physiology. Positive thinking is empowering at the physiological level of the Cell. Our basic functional units are called cells which function in two modes for its survival. One is to nourish through cellular rejuvenation. The other mode is to protect itself from the offending agents, for which it must close its membrane and protect itself with sensors. At any time, the cell can perform either function.
Fear and uncertainty send a deep message to the cells and put them into protective mode. If the cells are recruited primarily for protection, the vitality of the cell is compromised because there are not many nutritional functions.
Positive thinking helps shift the mode of functioning into a more balance towards the nurturing mode, so the cells are well nourished and their vitality is enhanced.
Is it possible to have voluntary control over our thoughts?
Yes, thoughts are generated by the mind and if the mind is well nourished by the right kind of food and activities, then one can remain positive despite challenges. Ayurveda explains moderation in food, rest and activities and paves the way for good health.
What should you eat to stay positive?
“You are what you eat” is a famous quote. Our ancient wisdom talks about how food plays a major role in how we act in the world, either being responsive or reactive. One should have a balanced diet with complex carbohydrates, adequate proteins and fats as well as vitamins, minerals and trace elements. Millets provide enough protein, calcium. A large portion of seasonal fruits at breakfast and fresh green vegetables and salads provides enough vitamins, minerals and trace elements. Early dinner improves sleep quality.
Practicing yoga helps to balance one’s energy. Breathing effectively through pranayama practices and meditation gives clarity in thought, allowing one to respond to any situation with a positive attitude.
Likewise, conscious movements like Tai-Chi channel the flow of vital energy called Chi. Practicing these mindful movements hones the mind to stay focused with positivity.
Importance of Recreational Activities and Community Spaces for Seniors to Lead Healthy Lives
With the lengthening of the lifespan, the population of seniors is increasing. Science and technology have helped extend lifespan and longevity. But there is still a lot of work to be done to add quality of life to the longevity years to bring about positive aging.
Health is holistically defined by the WHO as a state of physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being. Living in a community has proven to be one way to achieve this, especially for older people. A seniors’ community brings together like-minded people with varying interests. Service providers in these communities work through various activities to address health issues in different dimensions.
Health is approached through the important pillars that form its foundation, which includes physical, emotional, mental, intellectual and spiritual well-being.
At the physical level -Nutrition through balanced and personalized meals according to the needs of the elderly, timely meals with an appropriate rhythm are provided in the community. Movement as a group activity helps boost morale and the joy of living together.
On an emotional level- Artistic activities such as dance, drama, arts and crafts, painting help to express emotions creatively.
At the mental level-Board games, traditional games and memory games help maintain cognitive fluidity and this flexibility provides cognitive reserve. Cognitive abilities can be enhanced by enhancing perception through sensory integration, focused activities, executive functions like problem solving, decision making, and sequencing. These specific activities will help maintain cognitive reserve and thus decrease the risk of dementia.
At the intellectual level– Organizing debates, discussions on various topics, solving puzzles and sudoku takes care of intellectual health.
At the spiritual level– Connecting with nature through outdoor activities and outreach programs to reach the needy, gives everyone hope to give something to others.
Living in a seniors’ community helps promote holistic health and positive aging.
Positive thinking promotes positive psychology and helps add quality to life and sets the stage for positive aging.
The opinions expressed above are those of the author.
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