“He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything.”
A well-known and old saying is, “Health is wealth.” We have heard this saying throughout our life and many of us act upon this valuable advice as well. A healthy body is one that is good for physical, emotional and mental health. Our health is more beneficial than anything else we have. Health is something that we can’t buy with money. Health is a great blessing of Allah Almighty and is very special. A healthy man can successfully and efficiently perform regular tasks.
It Health is of two types; physical health and mental health. We should take care of both of them to lead a successful and prosperous life. Physical health demands few dedicated efforts, including regular exercise, consuming a lot of water, and eating a balanced diet. Exercises like brisk walking, running, cycling, and skipping help in maintaining proper body weight. Lack of exercise results in flabby muscles and general physical weakness.
It Cleanliness also has a prominent role to play in sustaining good health. Taking a bath every day, washing hands before eating meals, brushing twice a day, etc. are important habits to keep good health. It is an established fact that personal hygiene and health are intimate. Islam, being the most scientific and natural religion lays great emphasis on cleanliness and in the maintenance of a healthy body.
The Holy Prophet (PBUH) says:
I In Islam, our bodies and health are regarded as important gifts of Allah. Islam gives a complete and detailed framework of life, by following which a person can live life in the best way possible both from a worldly and religious outlook. Islam teaches us to be moderate in our diet. We should not stuff our stomachs with unhealthy food. We need to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables on the daily basis. Meat is essential to a healthy body but an excessive amount of red meat is hazardous. Over-eating is dangerous to our health.
However, it is essential to note that all such foods should be consumed in moderation.
Allah has mentioned in Quran:
“Eat and drink and do not commit excesses; indeed He does not love those who are excessive” (7:31).
Another frequently cited hadith recommends that one should fill one-third of the stomach with food, one-third with water and one-third should be left empty.
Now people have cars and other vehicles to move around and resultantly they walk less. With the demand for more working hours, people are awake till late at night and prefer more junk food than home-cooked food. People have no time to have some recreational activities. Due to non-stop working hours, workers feel frustrated and agitated. They don’t enjoy their jobs.
Modern equipment and machinery available at home and workplace have lessened the labour work and increased reliance on this equipment. Unhealthy living conditions have increased the contraction of people to different diseases like high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, heart attacks, hypertension, etc. This has alarming implications in the near future. Therefore, nothing is more precious than physical health. The man should pay the foremost attention to the maintenance of his health.
Now we will talk about the importance of Mental health. Mental health refers to the psychological and emotional well-being of a person. The mental health of a person affects their feelings and way of tackling difficult situations. We must maintain our mental health by being positive and meditating. It has a significant impact on our thoughts, behaviours, and perspective of life. Stress can cause neurotic disorders, and healthy people are less likely to fall prey to them.
Societal pressures about getting jobs and performing worldly obligations affect our peace of mind. Teenagers are very exposed to depression and anxiety as they go through the unsettled adolescent period. Teenagers often fall under peer pressure and take to bad habits like drugs, and alcohol, which makes them lose track. Heavy workload and pressure to complete deadlines, combined with an unhealthy workplace environment may also impact mental health.
T Nowadays, children hardly play in the playgrounds, they are more
inclined toward junk food and spend more time on the screen. These unhealthy activities are gradually undermining their health. Parents should focus on the physical and mental health of their children, and instil good habits for maintaining a healthy lifestyle from a young age.
The improvement of the health of the whole population is the first
and foremost duty of the government. The government should
protect the public from environmental health hazards. Better
sanitary conditions, Good food, pure water and a clean atmosphere
should be ensured. The government should educate the public
concerning health. It should equip people with high-quality health
Likewise, maintaining good health is dependent on a lot of factors. It ranges from the air you breathe to the type of people you choose to spend your time with. Health has a lot of elements that carry equal importance. If even one of them is missing, a person cannot be completely healthy. Above everything, we must choose happiness and optimism as the guiding principles of our life.
In conclusion, we can say that health is priceless. Keeping fit and healthy is indeed not an option but a necessity. So it is very important to focus on our health as much as we focus on our work.
There is a well-known Spanish proverb;
– “A man who is too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.”