Four ways to improve your relationship with health in 2021

Your health has always been the centre of everything we do at Nightingale. But 2020 made it a central theme of everything the world does. As we head towards the new year, here are a few ways to help your health adapt to the “new normal”.

2020 not only changed our routines. It has changed how we live our lives. The pandemic affected how we work, shop, eat, exercise, and socialise. As the world went into lockdown mode, we all had to adapt to remote settings.

And like everything else, being remote has both upsides and downsides. Studies show that more people started cooking and spending quality time with their family. Healthfulness was a bigger driver in food purchases than taste and price, while home fitness became necessary.

On the other side, there was also a spike in insomnia, anxiety, stress and other mental health issues. Our social health took a hit as plans had to be either postponed or done virtually.

Between all the good and the bad, the only constant was health having a centre stage in our collective consciousness.

Therefore, as the calendar turns to 2021, it seemed apt to talk about a few things that could help you improve your newfound relationship with health.

Your outside appearances or biometric data like steps, heart rate, sleep rhythms may not catch what is actually happening inside your body. But your blood can tell.

Base your decisions on science

The pandemic triggered certain changes in our everyday behaviour and habits –– from the diet, physical activeness to sleep patterns, stress and mental health.

But do you know how these changes have affected your body? Your blood can tell...

Your outside appearances or biometric data like steps, heart rate, sleep rhythms may not catch what is actually happening inside your body. But when you analyse blood, you measure medically and scientifically recognised health markers (also known as biomarkers) such as cholesterols, sugars, fats, proteins, amino acids and more, which provides the most comprehensive and correct status of your body’s wellbeing.

So, when tracking your health, make sure you pick the right tools to measure the right things.

Start predicting your health

The crisis also proved that no matter how robust healthcare systems get or how hard the care providers work, the world cannot take the burden if all of us fall ill.

The same logic applies to chronic diseases as well, which are, in fact, a bigger threat.

Data shows that conditions such as type 2 diabetes, and heart disease will bring any health system to its knees as we’ll run out of resources.

The only sustainable solution is, therefore, practising prevention. And it starts with knowing your personal risks. Think of it as having a health roadmap that helps you understand what you need to focus on today so that you can prevent yourself from falling ill in the future.

Health insights from your blood are as personalised as feedback can get. Molecules in your blood constantly fluctuate to show how your body reacts to a certain lifestyle, capturing even the smallest changes.

Get clear, personal and regular feedback

Having your health data on your fingertips or knowing your risks may not be enough. You should be able to take actions that improve your health too.

Then again, each one of us is built differently. So, how do you know which advice is best for you? Health insights from your blood are as personalised as feedback can get. Molecules in your blood constantly fluctuate to show how your body reacts to a certain lifestyle, capturing even the smallest changes. With regular follow-ups, you can see exactly how your daily actions affect your body and track if a lifestyle is actually improving your health or not.

Become healthier as a community

#WeAreAllInThisTogether was a trending hashtag on social media this year. That’s because the only way to beat the pandemic was to come together as a community, take responsibility to support each other’s health.

Corona or no corona, being and staying healthy together is always a bit easier. A case in point is Reaktor, a community working towards being healthy and building a healthier workplace together.

Starting afresh in 2021

Although health regained its priority in 2020, it was centred on illness. Now, as we transition into 2021 and start afresh, maybe we don’t look at health only from the prism of sickness but also from the prism of prevention and proactiveness.

That has been Nightingale’s big mission from the very beginning –– giving people the right tools that empower them to make better choices and have lifelong health.