Health Management

— Maragatham Raghavasimhan

Good health is the greatest of all gifts, the choicest of all blessings, for, without it we cannot enjoy any of our faculties and blessings. To live a truly complete and healthy life we should adopt a holistic approach. Mental balance, emotional stability, humanitarianism, fitness of the body and strength of spirit should be taken care of considering them as goals to be achieved.

To be healthy choose tranquillity instead of stress , choose hard work instead of lethargy, choose moderation instead of indulgence and calm instead of impulse. There is no better health booster than the happiness. The incident of health problems of the present times can be related to the lack of mirth in our daily lives. Dr. Michael Titze, a German psychologist, points out an astounding fact. In the 1950s people used to laugh at an average of 18 minutes a day. In contrast, these days we laugh not more than five minutes a day. Laughter is a natural restorative tonic.

Nutrition therapy
Nutrition plays a big role in the maintenance of good health. It is very important to eat food at right time. Breakfast should never be missed. It has been found that people who eat a good breakfast are less likely to be obese and diabetic than those who do not. One should avoid emotional eating. Many people eat when they are bored, stressed, anxious and need a sense of security. Pulses , nuts, lentils are a source of a high protein for vegetarians and are sufficient to meet the requirement of the human body.
One should eat with positive thought in mind If we have negative thoughts then our food will turn into poison.

Emotions therapy
Anger, fear, envy, jealousy, worry, grief, shame guilt,etc., are negative emotions that are potentially hazardous to health. More than one of them can make a man ill for a long time and a group of them can be fatal.

There fore , we must make every effort to keep our emotions in balance, let petty things go ,keep no grudges, have happy thoughts and choose the company of calm and happy people.

Oxygen therapy
Of all the requirements of the human body, Oxygen is the most vital. Therefore it becomes extremely crucial that we practice breathing deeply. We have become accustomed to breathing to shallow levels. It is important to breath only through nostrils and not through the mouth. Another way to increase oxygenation is to spend more time in the early hours of the morning with nature. Pranayama , a systemtic deep breath yogic exercise passed on from our ancient sages,when practised regularly,provides high amount of oxygen to all parts of the body.

Nature therapy
Spending time in nearby natural locations,such as parks and lakes.or even in the wilderness, has been proven to increase physical energy and effective relaxation. Therefore to be healthy, spend time for exercise and breath in the loving,open arms of nature.

Lifestyle therapy
Lifestyle simply means the way we live. It is the way we conduct our lives. In recent study, it was found that seven out of ten diseases are lifestyle related..How to improve lifestyle?

Exercise therapy
Exercise slows down aging, improves metabolism, reduces stress, improves muscle tone, improves immunity, helps elimination, raises the performance of all the organs and provides essential oxygen supply to the vital organs of the body.

Sunshine therapy
Sedentary lifestyle has kept us away from the grace and beneficial rays of the sun, especially the early morning rays. They have high healing and restorative properties.. Also allow a lot of fresh air and sunlight into your homes.

Laughter therapy
Laughter helps the immune system, prevents heart diseases, reduce the incident of high blood pressure by reducing the release of stress-related hormones and also reduces depression, anxiety and psychosomatic disorders.This is because it increases production of serotonin, a natural anti -depressant; alleviates pain and fosters a sense of well being by releasing endorphins.

About the Author
V. Maragatham, MA, MEd, graduated from Madras University. She retired after having been a teacher for over 35 years. She writes articles for a number of leading Tamil magazines. Her time is mostly spent in the fine arts, especially music and drawing.

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