Every year today is celebrated as World Health Day. It is observed annually to create awareness about health and wellbeing and draws attention of people from all around the world to highlight important health issues. It is very imperative to be prepared mentally, physically and financially for all kinds of uncertainties during these constantly evolving times. The outbreak of COVID-19 Pandemic is one example of such an unprecedented situation. Some people were able to live healthier lives and had better access to health services and some were facing difficulty fighting back. These unforeseeable situations make us realize the actual importance of planning and securing our health above all the other necessities of life.
While planning and investing in an insurance plan can be a dominant initiative towards ensuring secured health, it is also essential for one to take care of the necessary health measures prescribed by experts to resist any health infirmities. This World Health Day, Mr. Vinit Kapahi, Head of Marketing, Aviva Life Insurance offers some ways to be wise and protect your health in the times of COVID-19:
· Eat Healthy, Live Healthy
Diet is very imperative for maintaining health. You should eat a well-balanced, low-fat diet including lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. A diet which is low in saturated fat and cholesterol, moderate in sugar, salt and total fat is the best to choose. You should also try to avoid the intake of processed food because it not only impacts the changing lifestyle but also has an adverse effect on the health. Refrain from smoking and control consumption of alcohol.
· Masks on, Risks gone
Everyone is aware of the general guidelines but revising them will not do any harm. Wearing a mask is essential to protect yourself and the people around you from spreading the virus. Many coronavirus cases can be asymptomatic, and wearing a mask protects you and others in close proximity around you. Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly with soap, especially after returning to your home from being out in public. Finally, follow social distancing (even when you are wearing a mask), staying at least 6 feet away from others.
· Don’t Procrastinate. Get Vaccinated
As the vaccine is here and India is hosting the largest vaccination drive in the world, you should volunteer and get yourself vaccinated as per government guidelines. One has finally got the chance to return to work and refrain from another lockdown. This World Health Day take a pledge to get yourself vaccinated and protect yourself and your family from getting infected.
· Plan and be financially secured
Financial protection is also one of the key contributors which allows you to secure the health of your family. By investing in various health insurance plans or critical illness plans you can protect yours as well as your family’s health. In addition, you can manage your savings and investments for the future. You can enjoy the benefits of insurance if you select a suitable insurance that has an appropriate cover. It also ensures that you and your family have a proper cushion against unprecedented times like these.
· Be Wise and Exercise
Being physically active is essential for a healthy body and an active mind. You should be physically active for at least 30 minutes every day. You can break this up into three 10-minute sessions when there is a time crunch. Healthy movement may include walking, sports, dancing, yoga, running or other activities you enjoy.
· Manage Stress, Resist Mess
You should learn to manage stress in your life. Trouble sleeping, frequent headaches, stomach problems, getting angry a lot are some signs of being stressed. Reasons for stress include hectic schedules, lack of rest and sleep, occupational and peer pressure etc. To deal with stress you should try to attain a good work life balance, exercise regularly, have healthy eating habits. You can also practice relaxation exercises such as deep breathing or meditation. Speaking to trusted family members and friends can help overcome stress.
By following these steps, you can ensure the wellbeing of yourself and your family. This World Health Day, let’s build a fairer, healthier world and take a resolution to get vaccinated, follow the safety guidelines and protect yourself and your family with an appropriate financial cover.