Lord Budha said, “To keep the body in good health is a duty…otherwise we shall not be able to keep the mind strong and clear.” The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
Even having this knowledge, for so many years I tried to delegate the responsibility of my health to a healthcare system, I mean doctors only. For every discomfort and challenge, I approached doctors. I didn’t want to take full responsibility for what by then was my bad health. Where should I start? How would I find my way to healing?
Life shouted at me
My life shouted at me, it was time to take full responsibility for my bad health. When I took responsibility, I also took back power over my own life and with that came an unexpected strength, to actually take the steps I needed to take. I was so much stronger than I thought.
It’s not your doctor who decides what you need to eat. It’s not your family that decides how you should live your life, it’s you. But you’re the one who needs to take in the knowledge and information, to decide what feels right for you and then try it out
You are taking personal responsibility for your own health and wellbeing and decreasing your risk of developing the disease when you follow the below mentioned healthy lifestyle
1. Eat a plant-based diet with moderate portions
2. Prioritize healthy sleep
3. Engage in regular physical activity
4. Take steps to master your stress
5. Use alcohol in moderation
6. Cultivate a healthy personal environment, living a meaningful and purposeful life.
What is Health equity?
Health equity means ensuring that every person has the opportunity to achieve their best health.
Health equity means ensuring that everyone has the chance to be as healthy as possible. However, factors outside of a person’s control, such as discrimination and lack of resources, can prevent them from achieving their best health. Working toward health equity is a way to correct or challenge these factors.
Unfortunately, many social and environmental factors can limit a person’s access to and continued use of good health practices and healthcare.
Obstacles to Health equity?
Examples of these obstacles include trusted Source:
- racial and ethnic discrimination
- lack of access to quality education
- income and wealth gaps
- inadequate housing or lack of housing
- unsafe environments
By reducing, challenging, or overcoming these obstacles, people can achieve health equity. However, this is rarely something that a person can do for themselves. Instead, it requires adaptive changes from community and healthcare organizations and governments.