Health is called `SWASTHYA', SWASTH in Sanskrit & many other Indian language SWA + STHA = SWASTHA
SWA means self
STHA means TO BE ESTABLISHED IN SELF.
So Health means TO BE ESTABLISHED IN SELF.

Vedic literature has also elaborated what is SELF?
SELF has many facts;

  • Physical
  • Mental & Intellectual
  • Emotional
  • Occupational
  • Social
  • Spiritual

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 with them.

When we are satisfied and successful with our occupational pursuits.

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.

WHAT COMPANIES CAN DO.

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 a prerequisite.

Let us look at some common health & efficiency issues;

NOISE POLLUTION:
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 home environment.

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.
TIPS:

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.

TIPS:

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.
Significant moderation of television exposure and techniques like `Steady Gazing' will also be of immense benefit.
Restorative power 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 the beach.
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 WORKPLACE :
Design of work environments is an emerging science. Spatial interrelationships, lighting, color schemes, and background sound are now individuals whole comprise the workforce.

TIPS:

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.
Physical exercise facilities for quiet zone for use techniques that will allay anxiety restore flagging concentration & realistically improve productivity and performance.

WORKING CHAIR:
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 and strengthened.

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.

TIPS:

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 each hour.
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.

TOO MUCH… TOO LITTLE
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

MENTAL REST

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.

TIPS:

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.
Another techniques 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, obsessive thought.
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 stress.

THE HIGH PERFORMANCE LUNCH HOUR
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.

TIPS:

If you can chew your first mouthful until it is completely liquid, you will efficiently prime your digestive system to perform at its optimum.
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.

BRINGING IT 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.

TIPS:

1. Have relaxing bath, if climate permits, finish with a quick burst of cold water.
2. Go directly to a room or space where you will not be disturbed for twenty minutes, and begin with `Letting Go'.

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.

RESTFUL SLEEP
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 this phase.

HOLISTIC APPROACH TO HEALTH WILL INCLUDE

  • Healthy eating in daily life
  • Ideal weight
  • Fitness and energy
  • Energetic lifestyle
  • Sleep rest
  • Recreation and pleasure
  • Overcome addictions
  • Avoiding excesses
  • Stress management in daily life
  • Medical care in terms of
  • Regular medical checkups
  • Attention to prevention
  • Avoid of self medication
  • Hygiene and cleanliness
  • Fulfilling relationships and good family life.
  • Prayers, meditation and spiritual practices.

Start developing vision for healthy & happy life & have action plan for healthy lifestyle.

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 Bio-Data
Dr. Meena Shah is Executive Director of Medico Media, Ahmedabad & Helath Care Consultant. She is conducting health awareness seminars for the corporate, government, families and individuals since 20 years and has lead more than 1000 "Health, Lifestyle & Stress Management" Training seminars & Training of Trainers programs. She is subject expert & presenter on - 'Health Plus' TV serial and "Holistic Healthcare program for family's Health & Happiness" in SAKHI RI..... on E-TV Gujarati for more than 200 episode. She is also Subject expert and Coordinator of helath & fitness for youth serial for Door-Darshan - Ahmedabad. Creating VCDs DVDs and CD-ROM on Heath & Disease Management.
She has authored over 70 articles & 3 books on Health & Nutrition. Dr. Shah is recipient of Award for Best Documentary "Mantrutva Na Marge"by Government of Gijarat.

 

 

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