Health is called
`SWASTHYA', SWASTH in Sanskrit & many other
Indian language SWA + STHA
SWA means self
STHA means TO BE ESTABLISHED
So Health means TO BE ESTABLISHED IN SELF.
Vedic literature has also elaborated what is SELF?
SELF has many facts;
- Mental & Intellectual
When we are physically
healthy, fit energetic and well rested.
When mentally we are active, satisfied and at peace
When we are constantly learning new things to grow intellectually
When we understand our emotions and are comfortable
When we are satisfied and successful with our occupational
When we are happy with our family members and
When we are pursuing our spiritual goal and we are in
touch with purpose or our life. With today's fast-paced
lifestyle, being `stressed out' & not so healthy
& energetic is usually the norm. As a society, we
are overwhelmed by occupational, environmental, mental,
emotional, domestic, health & stress related problems.
The impact of stress on the health and vitality of the
individual is directly and financially reflected in
the health and vitality of the company. From the company's
point of view, by the time someone goes on stress leave
or goes under with a stress related diseases (such as
repetitive colds and flu, heart disease, migraine headaches,
high blood pressure, asthma, insomnia, ulcers and cancer),
the condition has already produced significant cost
in terms of impaired performance and reduced productivity.
Stress is reflected in the body, sapping energy and
well-being. We can counteract the harmful effects of
stress with simple exercises & day to day health
care practices. Just nervous system, and alleviate states
of anger and anxiety.
Learning and practicing
health management techniques helps to achieve peak performance.
An integrated, ongoing occupational health management
program addressing all aspects - body, mind and spirit
- and the way in which the physical workplace affects
these dimensions - can enhance performance and increase
productivity. Presence of stressors in the work environment
and the effect of these stressors are important matters.
The way work is organized can be major stressors. Health
management techniques should only be used as part of
the process to remove stressors and not simply cope
with them. Companies that are proactive in the field
health management will ride well-formed wave, reaping
the real benefits it will bring, both to their corporate
identities and performance and to twenty-first century
society as a whole.
Forward planning and appropriate action will bring a
huge reward to companies that take the message to heart
- not just in terms of avoiding costly treatment but
in creating high level of energy & vitality for
increased productivity. Approaches that depend heavily
on attitudinal manipulations and on altering perceptions
and habits have only short lived success. Proactive
health management training helps companies to have healthy
employees for years to come.
Total health care & self-management with training,
know how, understanding & action plan will give
lasting results. It is ongoing process and has to be
part of the daily lifestyle & work practices.
1. Recognize the
imperative need of proactive health management and
formally take action in state company policy.
2. `Get with the program'.
3. Implement a program of education and training which
covers the entire workforce.
4. Health & stress related problems does not discriminate
on the basis of hierarchy and it affects everyone
from boardroom to office floor.
5. Comprehensive consultation with all employees is
Let us look at some
common health & efficiency issues;
The effects of sound on people may be either destructive
or therapeutic. The levels of noise we are subjected
to will vary according to our industry setting and our
Particular sound frequencies produce specific effects
on nervous system. Some frequencies promote health and
attract growth. While other repel and discourage health
and growth. For example classical music conductor have
the highest levels of productive longevity.
1. The soothing action of the sound produces changes
in brain chemistry and in nervous system, it can alleviate
states of anger and anxiety, it can also help greatly
to relieve some types of headache.
2. The efficient use of healing sounds such as soothing
`environmental' music and techniques such as `Humming
Bee' (Bhramari) can greatly help to redress the damage
that noise pollution can cause.
VISUAL POLLUTION IS VISUAL STRESS:
The degree to which the visual cortex of brain is stressed
is directly related to the light frequency and variety
to which it is exposed. Unconscious irritation of the
visual cortex and can severely interfere with your performance
and sleep quality.
Driving to work for forty-five minutes gives person
experience of considerable visual stress. It you then
sit down at your computer screen for several hours,
people are continuing this situation as it involves
maintaining a fixed focal length and exposure to the
light frequencies of computer screen.
The prolonged exposure
of this sort causes fatigue & affects performance.
The quantity of visual exposure and resultant stress
is increasing at a rapid rate.
Rubbing you palms
together to create health, then gently pressing them
against the closed eyes, together with eye exercise
throughout the working day, can greatly help to balance
the impact of visual pollution and stress.
of television exposure and techniques like `Steady Gazing'
will also be of immense benefit.
of natural elements is also very important. Each of
the elements - earth, water, air and fire have positive
impact to the health of the human being.
1. Walk barefoot daily on the earth, on grass or at
2. See more natural beauty & enjoy it.
3. Drink water rather than `beverages' & use bio-electrically
cleansing effect of water by showering at the end of
the working day.
4. Make `fire' the fire of regular physical activity
5. Use `air' in the energizing and balancing effects
of the conscious breathing techniques to maintain equilibrium
and suffuse you with energy.
STRESS IN THE
Design of work environments is an emerging science.
Spatial interrelationships, lighting, color schemes,
and background sound are now individuals whole comprise
If people `feel good'
at work station they will definitely perform better.
Improvement in the working environment will positively
affect productivity even if it is only by reducing absenteeism
and stress related illness.
facilities for quiet zone for use techniques that will
allay anxiety restore flagging concentration & realistically
improve productivity and performance.
An increasing amount of work is done while sitting.
The impact of its effect on our health has been very
much neglected. The chair, which can and should be our
friend, has become an enemy. In an unsupported sitting
pose, the muscular and ligaments structures that maintain
the lower spinal column are constantly and subtly exercised
When we sit unsupported in our chairs for thirty or
forty hours a week, spend another twenty hours in our
vehicles and flop into our arm chairs for twenty for
twenty or more hours of passive TV viewing. The result
can be impairment of adequate nerves supply to the digestive
tract, and a slow to the sexual organs.
The venous blood is impeded in its return journey to
the heart and lungs. This can negatively affect blood
pressure and interfere with heart and lung function.
Our joints are held immobile for long periods. This
contributes to the onset of arthritic conditions.
If your work is largely
sedentary, it can greatly help to get out of the chair
at every opportunity.
If you go to the
washroom, consciously decide to use the facility on
a different floor of your building, climbing the stairs
to get there.
While you are confined
to the chair, consciously straighten the spine periodically.
You can also consciously
contract the muscles of your belly, four or five times
At home, treat the
floor as a friend andthe chair as an enemy. Any of the
cross legged sitting positions will help to keep the
hips and ankles mobile and strengthen the spine.
The challenges you face at work may, although they generate
stress, provide a good personal return in terms of satisfaction
in your performance.
It is crucial to try to establish and maintain your
own personal optimal levels of performance and satisfaction
We also need to develop an approach that will us balance
of mental stimulus, enjoyment and rest. For being healthy
and whole person developing a basically friendly relationship
with mind - is important.
Whenever we experience a worrying or anxious thought,
there is an immediate and corresponding physiochemical
reflection of that throughout body.
If the thought processes are repetitive or obsessive,
this can be an exhaustive. They can deplete the immune
system and make us vulnerable to disease or illness.
In short, negative thinking can make us sick.
To remove yourself
from the influence and oppression of mind is to shift
the focus to the physical, by focusing on either a combination
of the senses or just one sense. For example, become
aware of sense of touch or sounds in environment.
is the breathing techniques of `Brain Massage".
This techniques consists of short, sharp exhalations
though the nostrils, followed by a brief suspension
of the breath. It invigorates the brain, bringing well
oxygenated blood and interrupts the pattern of repetitive,
Your breathing pattern
accurately reflects your prevailing mental and emotional
climate. It is absolutely essential to cultivate the
automatic habit of breathing through the nose if you
want to perform at optimum level.
It is absolutely
impossible to be relaxed, calm and centered and breathing
in a fast, ragged and shallow breath pattern. You cannot
be angry, anxious or tense and breathe in the slow,
deep and even pattern.
If you can consciously
initiate the opposite breathing pattern, the mood you
are in must and will change.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
- AND ACTION:
What you eat, how you eat, when and where you eat will
tremendously affect your ability to perform well. If
you are expected to perform at a consistently high level
throughout the day and your digestive processes negatively
affect that performance, then you will increase your
THE HIGH PERFORMANCE
Planning how you spend lunch time, can have a significant
effect on your performance for the remainder of the
day. The potential for lunch time to make or break your
afternoon needs to be understood.
It is a simple biological fact that a heavy lunch makes
you drowsy and can severely impair your performance.
A greater volume of blood is drawn to your stomach,
and less is available to the brain. This will affect
your levels of attention and concentration.
CLIMATE CONTROL BEFORE THE MEAL:
If your morning has been stressful, you need to resolve
your internal chemical climate before you take any food
at all. Eating when you are tense is creating the perfect
situation for gastric ulcers.
If you can chew your
first mouthful until it is completely liquid, you will
efficiently prime your digestive system to perform at
If you have only
twenty minutes, take five of them to walk outside your
building, to breath deeply and look up at the sky. If
you can not leave the building, go exploring through
other floors, using stairs whenever possible.
Lunchtime is not
a time to continue working without a break. Plan your
lunch break as seriously as you would plan any other
aspect of your working life.
ALL BACK HOME:
Work and home are two distinct and separate worlds.
There where the unmanaged stress and work negatively
affects the home environment. The domestic stress caused
and perpetuated by this impact, in its turn, has a cumulatively
negative effect on work performance.
Although the two worlds are distinct and separate, they
are inevitably interconnected. Appropriate methods of
maximizing the opportunities and challenges presented
by each can be incorporated into your lifestyle. Create
and emphatic demarcation point between the two.
Higher you ascend the corporate ladder, the more blurred
the distinction between home and work will become. The
demands of senior management positions expect that you
arrive early and leave late and is also the toxic expectation
that your partner or spouse will also involve him or
herself in corporate social functions.
1. Have relaxing bath,
if climate permits, finish with a quick burst of cold
2. Go directly to a room or space where you will not
be disturbed for twenty minutes, and begin with `Letting
The techniques consists
of two aspects: contraction and relaxation.
The contraction of
each muscles group is made gradually and progressively
coordinating the action with a slow, deep inhalation
at the top of the inhalation, hold your breath for a
count of three.
Release your breath,
and the accompanying relaxation is total.
TV NEWS AND
PROGRAMMING, VIDEO, AND MOVIES:
The emotional and mental involvement with these dramas
they unfold on the small or large screen can cause elevated
levels of stress chemicals to be present in the bloodstream.
Make sure you don't view them to soon before bedtime.
For insomnia, it is advisable to consult your doctor.
It is, however, best not to resort to medication without
first exploring the many other helpful, natural processes
to aid sleep.
Many prescription medications for insomnia actually
interfere with or suppress the dreaming phase of sleep
and hamper the natural stress management processes during
TO HEALTH WILL INCLUDE
in daily life
Fitness and energy
in daily life
in terms of
Avoid of self
Hygiene and cleanliness
and good family life.
and spiritual practices.
vision for healthy & happy life & have action
plan for healthy lifestyle.