World Health Day – Let’s All Become Healthier!

This year’s World Health Day’s tagline is to support nurses and midwives. It’s celebrated to remind the world leaders and people like us of the important role the nurses and midwives play in keeping the world healthy. Moreover, WHO will launch the State of World’s Nursing Report 2020 for the first time ever.

Because of COVID-19, the nurses and midwives have been giving their all to keep us all in a healthy and safe environment. They are risking their lives just being out there and therefore, we must do everything in our power to acknowledge their hard work and appreciate their services to the wellbeing of the society.

How Do We Observe It?

  • Thank the nurses and midwives.
  • Invest in nursing and midwifery education and employment.
  • Listen and engage nurses and midwives in decision making and explore their ideas.
  • Spread awareness about the importance of healthcare workers.
  • Educate others, sign up for a charity run and check out WHO website for campaign materials.
World Health Organization: Midwives and Nurses
Source: World Health Organization

How To Make Healthy Choices?

  • Eat a balanced and healthy diet.
  • Workout and drink more water.
  • Take some time to de-stress yourself; read a book, watch a movie, drink hot chocolate or just put on an eye mask and go to sleep.
  • Avoid smoking and drinking.
  • Consume less salt and sugar.
  • Get your vaccinations.
  • talk to someone if you’re feeling blue. This is the best time to call your friends and family!
  • Always wash and sanitize your hands before eating.

Although we are all self-quarantined, let’s not forget to stay healthy, avoid eating junk-food and be as active as possible. We are all in this together and if we follow the rules and stay safe–without unnecessarily going out–then we can end this pandemic quicker and people can get back to their repetitive lives.

Once again, a big round of applaud for all the nurses and the midwives!

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World Mental Health Day

“The bravest thing I ever did was continuing my life when I wanted to die.”

Juliette Lewis.

Every year, on October 10th, the theme changes for the World Mental Health Day and this year the focus is on Suicide Prevention. It’s supported by WHO and organized by the World Federation for Mental Health, International Association for Suicide Prevention and United Global Mental Health. 

First observed in 1992, World Mental Health Day is celebrated to raise awareness of mental health issues and encourage the sufferers to open up about their insecurities and anxieties. On this day, people voice out their thoughts, open up their feelings and support the distressed. It’s a global phenomenon that not many individuals regard as important and are prejudiced about. 

Although suicide is preventable and avoidable, it is the most common type of death between the ages of 15-29 and is well-known in Asia and Eastern Europe. Factors such as depression, personality disorders, bipolar disorders, abuse, violence, loss, and anxiety are some of the main branches that lead a person to suicide either by hanging, poisoning or firearms.  

We all live in a world full of hate, fear, and shame, but the one who overcomes these obstacles is the real survivor. 

What we can do to prevent suicide.

  • Talk to those who are having a hard time.
  • Make sure to limit their access to any methods that may lead to suicide. 
  • Improve the atmosphere and economic conditions.
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