Global Wellness Day: How Do You Prioritize Your Own Health?
<p><strong>Global Wellness Day</strong>, June 11th, encourages us to ask ourselves, <em>“How can I live a healthier life?”</em>. This awareness day aims to help people recognize the value of their lives individually and as part of society. We can support this day by participating in wellness events such as group activities, mental health seminars, cooking classes and talks on various subjects.</p> <p>However, if you want to find your answer to <em>&#8220;How can I live a healthier life?&#8221; </em>individually, take some time to meditate, disconnect, recharge and recuperate in ways that work for you. You might achieve this through swapping your phone for a book, getting out in nature, speaking to a healthcare professional, cooking a nutritious meal, or just taking a moment to stop and breathe.</p> <p><strong>We spoke to 11 healthcare professionals and asked them about the importance of work-life balance and their recommendations to switch off and unwind.</strong> </p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="820" height="312" src="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/Rafika-Ghrawi-bio-pic.jpg" alt="Rafika Ghrawi Global Wellness Day" class="wp-image-13987" srcset="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/Rafika-Ghrawi-bio-pic.jpg 820w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/Rafika-Ghrawi-bio-pic-300x114.jpg 300w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/Rafika-Ghrawi-bio-pic-768x292.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 820px) 100vw, 820px" /></figure> <h3>Do you maintain a good work-life balance?</h3> <p><strong><a href="https://www.trueprofile.io/member/resources/what-does-world-health-day-2022-mean-for-healthcare-professionals#Rafika-Ghrawi" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Rafika Ghrawi</a>:</strong> Sometimes, I’m great at balancing work-life and sometimes, things become a bit crazy. I am learning as I go. Lately, I have been setting personal rules, which include:</p> <ul><li>I don’t work after 6 pm on weekdays</li><li>On Saturdays, I don’t work after I finish my appointments for the day</li><li>Sundays are strictly off</li></ul> <p></p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="820" height="312" src="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/03/Banner-Rahul.jpg" alt="Dr. Rahul Rochani Global Wellness Day" class="wp-image-13726" srcset="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/03/Banner-Rahul.jpg 820w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/03/Banner-Rahul-300x114.jpg 300w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/03/Banner-Rahul-768x292.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 820px) 100vw, 820px" /></figure> <h3>Do you think a work-life balance is important?</h3> <p><strong><a href="https://www.trueprofile.io/member/resources/orthodontist/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Dr. Rahul Rochani</a>: </strong>Indeed it is. It can sometimes be exhausting and hectic when you have to coordinate your mind and body (neck/back/hands) to do your work. But alternating patterns of relaxed and hectic work keep me going, and my weekends bring joy. I like to enjoy time with my family, cook, take a vacation, watch a movie or do absolutely nothing. I cycle a lot and am a nature enthusiast.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="820" height="312" src="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/03/Dr.-Rabia-Squar.jpg" alt="Dr. Rabia Anis" class="wp-image-13856" srcset="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/03/Dr.-Rabia-Squar.jpg 820w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/03/Dr.-Rabia-Squar-300x114.jpg 300w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/03/Dr.-Rabia-Squar-768x292.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 820px) 100vw, 820px" /></figure> <h3>What are your tips for living a healthier life?</h3> <p><strong><a href="https://www.trueprofile.io/member/resources/what-does-world-health-day-2022-mean-for-healthcare-professionals#dr-rabia-anis" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Dr. Rabia Anis</a>: </strong>We can only achieve a healthier tomorrow if we are happier today. Here are my thoughts to keep yourself happy today for a healthier tomorrow:</p> <h4>1. Appreciation</h4> <p>Always be grateful for what you have rather than nagging about what you may be lacking.</p> <h4>2. Kindness</h4> <p>Be kind to yourself and others. It’s equally important to practice kindness to yourself as you do to others. This is the power of acceptance and growth. </p> <h4>3. Managing Stress</h4> <p>Stress is an inevitable part of life. Try to manage it by doing what gives you peace and joy. </p> <h4>4. Lifestyle Modification</h4> <p>Eat, sleep and move well.</p> <h4>5. Get Social</h4> <p>Try to socialize as much as you can. Social people have the opportunity to make others happy, and that feeling gives you peace and happiness itself. So grab it and spread smiles and happiness.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img src="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/03/Bio-%E2%80%8B%E2%80%8BDr.-Surya-Rajan-Kurian.jpg" alt="Dr. Surya Rajan Kurian:" class="wp-image-13853"/></figure> <h3>How can a healthier tomorrow be achieved?</h3> <p><strong><a href="https://www.trueprofile.io/member/resources/what-does-world-health-day-2022-mean-for-healthcare-professionals#Surya-Rajan-Kurian" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Dr. Surya Rajan Kurian</a>:</strong> We can achieve a healthier tomorrow by properly training ourselves to keep our lives disciplined, including our daily regime, diet, behavior, and habits. Global Wellness Day reminds people that our lives are important and should be taken care of rather than just letting it go for money and short-term happiness.&nbsp;</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="820" height="312" src="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/03/Banner-Zia.jpg" alt="Zia Ul Haq" class="wp-image-13728" srcset="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/03/Banner-Zia.jpg 820w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/03/Banner-Zia-300x114.jpg 300w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/03/Banner-Zia-768x292.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 820px) 100vw, 820px" /></figure> <h3>How important is a good work-life balance?</h3> <p><strong><a href="https://www.trueprofile.io/member/resources/british-dental-surgeon">Zia Ul Haq</a>: </strong>Work-life balance is crucial. It takes time, effort and sacrifices to achieve it. Once you have it, never let it go.&nbsp;</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="820" height="312" src="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/Dr.-Deepti-Gulhane-Bio-Pic.jpg" alt="Dr. Deepti Gulhane" class="wp-image-13979" srcset="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/Dr.-Deepti-Gulhane-Bio-Pic.jpg 820w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/Dr.-Deepti-Gulhane-Bio-Pic-300x114.jpg 300w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/Dr.-Deepti-Gulhane-Bio-Pic-768x292.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 820px) 100vw, 820px" /></figure> <h3>How can we live a more balanced life?</h3> <p><strong><a href="https://www.trueprofile.io/member/resources/what-does-world-health-day-2022-mean-for-healthcare-professionals#Deepti-Gulhane" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Dr. Deepti Gulhane</a>:</strong> We should make every attempt to lead a disciplined lifestyle, clubbed with regular exercise, a healthy diet and meditation for mindfulness and healthy living. Eat healthily, drink a minimum of 2 litres of water a day, sleep at least 7 hrs a day and exercise at least 40 minutes a day for a minimum of 5 days a week.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="820" height="312" src="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/Soode-Mashinchi-Bio-Pic.jpg" alt="Soode Mashinchi" class="wp-image-13981" srcset="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/Soode-Mashinchi-Bio-Pic.jpg 820w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/Soode-Mashinchi-Bio-Pic-300x114.jpg 300w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/Soode-Mashinchi-Bio-Pic-768x292.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 820px) 100vw, 820px" /></figure> <h3>As an occupational therapist, how do you prioritize your health?</h3> <p><strong><a href="https://www.trueprofile.io/member/resources/what-does-world-health-day-2022-mean-for-healthcare-professionals#Soode-Mashinchi" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Soode Mashinchi</a></strong>: I try to spend my spare time on all the things that help me refresh, such as my hobbies, to enhance my mental state and provide more tolerance.</p> <h3>What are your top tips for our readers to look after their health?</h3> <p><strong>Soode Mashinchi:</strong> Everyone should know that prioritizing themselves is the most important part of life, which helps them keep healthy and let them assist others to be healthy as well. But if we forget about ourselves and just pay attention to others’ situations, we will feel tired and depressed instead of feeling happy and healthy after a while.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="820" height="312" src="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/Sharon-De-Cruz-Bio-Pic.jpg" alt="Sharon De Cruz" class="wp-image-13984" srcset="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/Sharon-De-Cruz-Bio-Pic.jpg 820w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/Sharon-De-Cruz-Bio-Pic-300x114.jpg 300w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/Sharon-De-Cruz-Bio-Pic-768x292.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 820px) 100vw, 820px" /></figure> <h3>What are your top tips for Global Wellness Day?</h3> <p><strong><a href="https://www.trueprofile.io/member/resources/what-does-world-health-day-2022-mean-for-healthcare-professionals#Sharon-De-Cruz" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Sharon De Cruz</a>: </strong>We need to analyze our daily routine and create a habit loop. Simple habits like stretching with simple yoga pose in bed when we wake up, brisk walking for 20 mins a day, or even preparing a healthy homemade breakfast or lunch before heading to work.&nbsp;</p> <p>Start small and work towards the short-term goal, eventually to a long-term goal. Create SMART behaviors or habits that do not require very high motivation. <strong>Make sure your goals are:</strong></p> <ul><li>S – specific</li><li>M – measurable</li><li>A – attainable/ Action-based</li><li>R – realistic/ Relevant</li><li>T – time-based</li></ul> <p></p> <h3>As a registered nurse, how do you prioritize your health?</h3> <p><strong>Sharon De Cruz: </strong>I ensure to have 8 hours of sleep despite working morning or night shift and exercise 3 times per week, at least going for a brisk walk in the neighborhood. I also maintain a good work-life balance because I never talk about work out of work. Once I step out of that main door, what happens in the hospital remains there.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="820" height="312" src="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/Hamide-Bio-Pic-1.jpg" alt="Hamide Papi Namadi" class="wp-image-14040" srcset="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/Hamide-Bio-Pic-1.jpg 820w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/Hamide-Bio-Pic-1-300x114.jpg 300w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/Hamide-Bio-Pic-1-768x292.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 820px) 100vw, 820px" /></figure> <h3>What is your top tip for our readers for looking after their health for Global Wellness Day?</h3> <p><strong><a href="https://www.trueprofile.io/member/resources/what-does-world-health-day-2022-mean-for-healthcare-professionals#Hamide-Papi-Namadi" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Hamide Papi Namadi</a>:</strong> Adhere to the principles of a healthy lifestyle, including healthy eating, physical activity, avoiding alcohol and smoking and healthy sleep, using methods that improve people’s mental health and regular health checks.</p> <h3>How do you like to spend your free time?</h3> <p><strong><a href="https://www.trueprofile.io/member/resources/what-does-world-health-day-2022-mean-for-healthcare-professionals/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Hamide Papi Namadi:</a></strong> I spend most of my time with my family. Studying, traveling is very enjoyable. Sewing since childhood is an art where I can forget my sorrows. Whenever I have a problem, I sew again to find enough motivation to find good solutions to overcome my problems. Walking and swimming are my favorite sports.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="820" height="312" src="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/03/Banner-Jamila.jpg" alt="Jamila Cuaresma" class="wp-image-13729" srcset="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/03/Banner-Jamila.jpg 820w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/03/Banner-Jamila-300x114.jpg 300w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/03/Banner-Jamila-768x292.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 820px) 100vw, 820px" /></figure> <h3>What are your thoughts on a healthy work-life balance?</h3> <p><strong><a href="https://www.trueprofile.io/member/resources/dental-nurse/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Jamila Cuaresma</a>: </strong>Maintaining a work-life balance helps reduce stress and prevent burnout in the workplace.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="820" height="312" src="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/4-Riza.jpg" alt="Riza de Castro" class="wp-image-14829" srcset="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/4-Riza.jpg 820w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/4-Riza-300x114.jpg 300w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/4-Riza-768x292.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 820px) 100vw, 820px" /></figure> <h3>How do you like to prepare for your shifts?</h3> <p><strong><a href="https://www.trueprofile.io/member/resources/supporting-nurses/">Riza de Castro</a>: </strong>Before going to my shift, I make sure that my body is in good condition and that my mind is fully focused. I do 4 or 5 12-hour shifts each week in the hospital.</p> <h2>Pause. Recharge. Return.</h2> <p>We partnered with <a href="https://www.trueprofile.io/member/deals/mental-health-and-wellbeing-discount" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">My Wellbeing Lab</a> to offer our amazing Members up to 70% off mental health consultations. Speak with highly qualified psychologists at a time that works for you. It&#8217;s ok not to be ok. Make sure you get the care that you give. 💙</p> <div class="wp-block-buttons"> <div class="wp-block-button"><a class="wp-block-button__link has-text-color has-background" href="https://www.trueprofile.io/member/deals/mental-health-and-wellbeing-discount" style="border-radius:50px;background-color:#00497a;color:#f5f5f5" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Get My Wellness Lab discount now</a></div> </div>