What does healthy really mean?
1st April 2020
Health is the hot topic of 2020! From covid-19 itself, to re-thinking mental wellbeing in a world of social distancing. We’re even reflecting on how we’re impacting the health of the natural world with the news regularly reporting huge drops in air pollution since the covid crisis.
But what about the potential impact of the natural world on us?
In this study 30% more people reported ‘excellent’ levels of happiness after connecting with nature in various ways for 30 days.
People and the planet are connected both ways, but this is not always well understood.
April 7th is World Health Day, so we’ve been exploring a couple of ways health links to other global issues, as well as practical ways you can show yourself, other people and the planet some love over the coming months.
Health and Climate
Think climate change and you might first think extreme weather and rising sea levels.
But what about an increase in diseases? Or hunger?
Changing climate is creating more suitable habitats for mosquitoes to breed, resulting in an increased spread of diseases like malaria and dengue fever for example. The change in climate will also lead to more droughts and floods, which can wipe out crops and result in food scarcity and hunger.
Combating climate change can also help to improve global health, both now and in the future and that’s why ‘Climate Action’ is one of the UN Global Goals.
Health and Social Inequalities
It’s no surprise that there is a clear correlation between wealth and health – those living in poverty are much more likely to suffer health issues than those living in wealthy states with access to sufficient healthcare and systems for clean water and good sanitation.
On our doorstep right now, the covid closure of schools will likely affect those with access to lessons via cutting edge public school technology much less than those without basic skills to support home schooling.
What can I do?
Don’t forget these are all linked, but:
To boost your own health and wellbeing, you could:
- Do some exercise or go for a mindful walk
- Plant some seeds – even better if they grow something edible!
- Purchase a new pot plant
- Cook a healthy or plant based meal
- Take control and quit any unhealthy habits, like smoking or binge drinking
To help other people you could:
- Use your voice – raise awareness and take action through social media
- Donate to a charity
- Volunteer online or with the community hub
To help the planet you could:
- Switch your bank to one that’s more sustainable and doesn’t invest in fossil fuels
- Choose reusable products and recycle as much as possible
- Buy local food that’s in season, and minimise food waste by freezing leftovers