Time seems to be in sprint mode. A few decades ago when we used to indulge in gutter to gutter and trekked on foot several miles to take part in major counters-ball tournaments (you know if you know) it appeared the days and nights were extremely long. We played for hours every day and during vacations life was so much fun. We did not have a care in the world. We took lawns and plants of all shapes, colours and sizes for granted. Little did we know that being outdoor and surrounded by nature was playing a role in our abundant energy, happiness and great mental health in general.
In less than four decades open spaces and lawns in my primary school have been replaced by buildings just as is happening nationwide and I will limit it to that as “dzi wo fie asem” rings in my ears. Before one can whisper abracadabra trees, flowers, parks disappear as suicide rates, stressed adults and many mental health challenges outperform Usain Bolt in speed. Who would ever have dreamt that in the abundance of sunlight, we will be starved of Vitamin D and its attendant challenges.
We seem to avoid discussing Mental Health but it affects every facet of our life and it’s impossible to avoid for two reasons;
Do not avoid tell-tale signs of mental health challenges such as;
Over the past few years I have taken a closer look at complementary therapies in medicine and I observed the shift by major hospitals to include features such as therapeutic or healing gardens into their protocols. Nature has a way of taking care of its own. Flowers for instance contribute to lowering blood pressure and heart rates. Fresh (emphasis) flowers lower ratings of pain, anxiety and fatigue. In general people recovering from an illness do so much better when they have natural or fresh flowers or are surrounded by nature in a pure state. So the bouquets of flowers you send to friends in hospital, those who may be ill at home or even as a way of sharing in their joy does more wonders than you even thought. Keep them flowing.
If there are any prescriptions that you should not be caught dead without then they are a FITT prescription and the ALL NEW “GREENSCRIPTION”. This September I am joining the few health professionals who are prescribing NATURE in what is termed a GREENSCRIPTION;
Let us save ourselves from preventable diseases by reducing the concrete and artificial plants and lawns. We need to surround ourselves with LIFE to be at our best.
AS ALWAYS LAUGH OFTEN, ENSURE HYGIENE, WALK AND PRAY EVERYDAY AND REMEMBER IT’S A PRICELESS GIFT TO KNOW YOUR NUMBERS (blood sugar, blood pressure, blood cholesterol, BMI)
Dr. Kojo Cobba Essel
Health Essentials Ltd/Mobissel/St. Andrews Clinic
*Dr. Essel is a medical doctor, holds an MBA and is ISSA certified in exercise therapy, fitness nutrition and corrective exercise.
Thought for the week – “On Saturday 28th September 2019 at 6.30pm at the Grand Mensvic Hotel you can’t afford to miss the Whispers @ Dusk Worship Concert as Kafui Mills-Odoi takes the limit off in support of mental health awareness. It’s only Ghs50.00. We have been quiet for too long, let us tackle mental health head-on.”