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Thank God Corona is Here

India as a nation when jolted with Corona, was not the sweet healthy wholesome creamy bowl of milk that got inadvertently curdled by accidental add of a cup of lemon juice. Although this was an incident that made a roaring entry into the pages of history, for the world, definitely with disastrous consequences, Indians may finally remember and presently treat it is as one of the troubles in the long list, few of the constituents of which are exclusive for us.

At least Corona is not one of them, it was shared between all, in the world, irrespective of being the third world (third class?), developing (forever), brown or whatever prejudices, we as a nation have become accustomed to. This Virus actually has opened a new world of realization for us as a nation, a society, a family, and an individual.

As a nation, we have created an image of ourselves so low and substandard that even our goals to progress would be to become like one of our western neighbours. Have you ever heard of – the newly developed suburbs of Gurugram is so good that it looks almost like Europe!! Why such reluctance to give credit to ourselves. This is an era to shorten the gap. All the money, infrastructure, and manufacturing capacities were found lacking, with the realization that probably there is nothing forever.

How surprising is the ubiquitous presence of the single objective of parents, Indian education system, and society at large for their children, which is – to make them learned enough to finally get different citizenship, even at a cost of not seeing them ever again! One of my friends will repeatedly introduce the youngest son being so “useless” that he could nor go and work abroad, of course not giving any credit for being with the oldies at times of sickness and calamities like, say… COVID! What made them move back, during the pandemic in such large numbers? Wasn’t one of the reasons for them being there was the better capacity of their preferred nation to fight such rough patches. The virus has made people realize why earlier or maybe still in a few places people prefer to live in joint families and what is the importance of the institution of Marriage. The real difference between “globalization” and being “self-reliant”. Does globalization always have an element of loss of self-reliance? There is a difference between “Need” and “Creation of market.”

Is the word Marketing, all about the ability to sell a product to someone who actually doesn’t need it? If this is untrue how is the world’s economy going into catastrophe while all individuals are still consuming their necessities? Is the word “Development” actually an ethical coat for “How to extract more from nature to fulfill the created needs”. Many predict the future world will have lesser trades and movements between different parts of the world, so we should try to become self-sufficient for our needs (basic- right). Does that only mean, to produce all that you need by yourself or there is some element of the concept that you never required “That Thing” from the other end of the world, so stop considering it as your need? And to clear up those doubts here is a trial of survival with lockdown, thanks to Corona.

Wasn’t “Happiness” was misquoted as “Development” which was further defined by all “Created needs”. Isn’t COVID era is the time to realize the actual happiness is probably having more of family life, the payback time for the oldies, perusing all that you couldn’t due to lack of time, spend time for your fitness and spiritual health, work from home – which actually never required to travel 3 hours a day to reach a hired space, to be able to help someone in need, to talk to friends and relatives with all the time in hand. That is to find the contentment and peace of mind as a perfect recipe for happiness rather than an increase in salary that we longed for. How else but the presence of Corona would have made us realize this, maybe this is the way Mother Nature teaches us a lesson. Thank God Corona is here…

Dr. Supriya Gupta
Assistant  Professor
Department of Shalya Tantra
Faculty of Indian Medical System
SGT University

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Imparting Legal Education by Conventional Vs. Virtual Classroom Method

The current pandemic brought numerous jurisdictions observed lockdown (partial or complete), has advanced people to switch to technology. This has culminated in the need for digitalization and the promotion of virtual means. The education sector is not aloof to this trend. Perhaps, this sector has been forthcoming in using virtual means to teach, educate people, more so connected to masses.

The virtual classroom may be understood with Plato’s proverb ‘Necessity is the mother of invention’. The imperative need to adopt and function classrooms virtually has been felt lately. It can be opined that unprecedented pandemic has triggered the necessity to work with virtual or digital technology.

In so far as continuing with virtual classroom education in times of this unprecedented pandemic, it raises profound issues of digital illiteracy, limited resources, privacy, or IPR issues. Nonetheless, besides these obstacles, one essential aspect of the virtual learning-education system is the absence of non-verbal communication. Conventional classroom education has a major contribution from nonverbal communication i.e. non-linguistic means. It includes kinesthetic, paralanguage, haptics, olfactory, chronemics forms of expression that not supplement verbal communication but enrich the whole learning process.

A vital question proliferates, as a consequence of the unprecedented situation, whether conventional classroom education is replaced by non-conventional or the virtual classroom. Even more pertinent contention is the significance of nonverbal education imparted to law students. Can advocacy skills be imparted through nonconventional or the virtual classroom?

Distinctly, the black letter law can be taught by a virtual classroom. Black letter law refers to the basic principles of law, generally known and are devoid of dispute or doubt.

There is a plethora of e-books, articles, literature, lectures, videos, webinars, etc. accessible online that facilitates the teaching of the black letter law.

However, the core concern of imparting and inculcating advocacy skills through virtual classrooms exists. Legal education is an amalgamation of black letter law, personality development, practical and clinical learning that results in incumbent law professionals. Their learning is guided and supported by one’s advocacy skills, which is indeed very personal and individualistic. Albeit, this skill is built, developed, and nurtured in the course of every law programme. There are moot courts that build and brush the advocacy skills of a law student.

It may be noted that under the Bar Council of India, Rules on Legal Education, moot court exercise is of mammoth part of legal education. The Rules delineates the need and functioning of moot court exercise in law programmes.

The unprecedented pandemic has impelled academia to devise mechanisms to conduct classroom education and practical or pilot study virtually.

Moreover, an endeavor has been made by many varsities to conduct moot court competitions online. However, it takes one back to the point that does legal education rely on conventional education which in turn involves building advocacy skills in law students, in so far as nonverbal communication is inseparable.

The author is of the view that the seeds of advocacy skills can be sowed by the conventional classroom method because they include inter alia nonverbal communication.

A cursory perusal of qualities that an advocate ought to possess, suggested by Judge Edward Abbott Parry in his book The Seven Lamps of Advocacy (1923) resonates with the aforementioned view. One of the seven lamps of advocacy is the skill or the quality of eloquence. Justice E. Abbott Parry prescribed eloquence as one of the qualities of an Advocate because advocacy skill involves the skillful use of language, effective communication to convince the Bench. Even though the other qualities which are honesty, courage, wit, judgment, fellowship, and industry stand at the same level that of eloquence. The term eloquence does not restrict to way and fluency of speaking or the language used, it is more than that. It can be understood as expressing and communicating lucidly and effectively, be it drafting or oral arguments or submissions. The tone and tenor, the body language, the gestures, the expression of an advocate can be game-changer. Ergo, the conventional mode of legal education cannot be replaced or even substantiated by virtual education completely.

The new-age virtual teaching methodology will supplement conventional classroom training and education. Legal experts across jurisdictions can deliberate and disseminate their proficient knowledge to law students or professionals at the click of a button.

Nevertheless, it cannot be denied that virtual mode will play an assertive role in the overall educational system. It has emerged a new way of virtual education that will progress to the use of artificial intelligence that is devoid of emotional intelligence.

This virtual system might be the need of the hour however, it will not be able to replace the human interface in terms of their personal touch, sensitivity, emotions, tackling, convincing, negotiating, etc. It can, therefore, be concluded that conventional education systems are not inconsequential for professional courses like law and perhaps for the medical field.

Anchal Mittal
Faculty of Law
SGT University

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Role of Physiotherapy in Women Health Care

Did you understand that there are Physiotherapists who focus on women’s health care? Sadly it’s a nicely kept secret and plenty of women only find out approximately these professional offerings after problems start occurring, after childbirth or after a referral from their doctors.

According to research statistics Indian consensus, almost 48.5% of the total population is females, with 48.1% stays in urban and 48.6% in rural areas. Due to current lifestyle or work-related issues illnesses are increasing in female population leading to a range of complex health issues like Knee arthritis, Back pain, Pregnancy-related complications, Pelvic floor dysfunction, Obesity, PCOD, Injury, Trauma or illness and the most important of all the lifestyle changes associated with the normal physiological process- middle and old age, Menstruation, Menopause, Osteoporosis significantly affects the women’s body at alarming hormonal changes. Most of the women assume that this is a normal process and they should adapt themselves accordingly and continue with their routines as very little can be done. In many instances, that is not the case. Many Government and private organizations have now become active in providing the women health by many awareness programs to rural as well as urban areas.

Physiotherapy defined as a treatment method that focuses on the science of movement and helps people to restore, maintain, and maximize their physical strength, function, motion, and overall well being by addressing various physical issues. Keeping women’s health care in mind Physiotherapy has added another horizon of achievement in its branches by playing a vital role in women’s health care.  It has increased its role in health care concerns with females across their life spans and has shown great results in all age groups showing benefits from the various rehabilitation programs.

Women’s Health Care Physiotherapy aims at the assessment and planned therapeutic treatment specific to various health problems affecting women of all age groups, with complete knowledge of the physiological differences and the impact of hormonal changes on their well being. Considering the various health concerns of women are as widespread as the role of women themselves in all phases of life and can include everyone from young athletes to postmenopausal women. Most women can attest that we are just built differently than men. From differences in hormones to the unique stresses from pregnancy, our bodies go through a lot in a lifetime.  A physiotherapist understands this and many will be surprised that a physio works with many female related disorders these are;

  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Mensuration related disorders
  • Pre and Post pregnancy physiotherapy
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • PCOD
  • Obesity-related ailments like back pain or knee pain
  • Frequent Urination
  • Loss of bladder /bowel control when laughing or sneezing
  • Weakened core strength

A thorough assessment and well-designed exercise program by a physiotherapist is required to prevent these health issues in women across the life span. Numerous exercises and techniques to treat conditions specific to women like muscle training -improving muscle patterns and Strengthening weak pelvic floor muscles, Exercise therapy helping improve endurance, flexibility strength and mobility, Manual therapy focuses on soft tissue and joints mobility and Electrotherapy modalities like electrical stimulation, Therapeutic ultrasound, etc to reduce pain and stiffness.

Women Physiotherapy Health Care empowers women to recognize how their bodies work and take charge of their well being.”

Dr. Priyanka Rishi
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Physiotherapy
SGT University

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Current Concept of Public Health Optometry

Public Health Optometry is an art and science of preventing visual impairment and promoting visual health through organized efforts and informed choices of society.

The objective of public health optometry is based on the principles of reaching out to those in need and providing them help, making use of local resources, and providing services to the areas which may or may not have regular access to services.

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The public health optometry program not only provides access to eye care but also addresses social and economic barriers that prevent these groups of patients from accessing services. It is also an opportunity to educate the community on eye care and address conditions such as cataract, refractive errors, and diabetic eye diseases. So outreach visits need to be planned, to respond to the need of the local area, and may have a particular focus e.g. identification of cataract cases, screening of refractive error and refraction, and provision of spectacles.

As we know the prevalence of visual impairment is increasing across the globe, with more burdens on the developing world. Research has shown that the prevalence of chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension are increasing day by day in developing countries and the need for public health optometrist is huge for early detection of ocular complications for these conditions.

Despite considerable efforts in many developing countries, through National Blindness Prevention Programmes, the global number of blind and visually impaired seems to be growing, mainly as an effect of population increase and aging.

A large number of visually impaired people in a country denote poor socio-economic development and an inefficient eye care service in the country. About 80-90% of the blindness is either curable or preventable. The planning and implementation of appropriate eye care services in a country need evidence generated from the population.

Cataract stands out as the first priority among the major causes of visual impairments. Thus there is a need to drastically increase the number of cataract surgeries in the developing world. Refractive errors and Low vision constitute another priority in terms of visual impairment. There is an enormous need globally for spectacles and low vision devices. Emphasis on the public health optometry coverage by covering diseases other than cataracts like diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, corneal opacity, and childhood blindness, etc. needs immediate attention to eliminate avoidable blindness.

The global initiative is still in its planning phase, but there is clearly recognized a need for a global awareness campaign to sensitize decision-makers and health care providers as to the rationale and great benefit of prevention of visual impairment. That is why a strong partnership between all those working for the prevention of visual impairments is essential for optimal utilization of resources available today and in the future.

Together Let us empower and enable the visually impaired.

Surender Bondwal
Lecturer Optometry
Faculty of Allied Health Sciences
SGT UNVERSITY

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Impact of Covid on Education System

Coronavirus Infectious diseases 2019 (COVID-19) is a severe acute respiratory syndrome first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019 and since then has spread globally, resulting in an ongoing pandemic all across the globe. the common symptoms include fever, cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, and loss of smell and taste; The virus is primarily spread between the people during close contacts. As of May 16, 2020, more than 4.56 million cases have been reported across 188 countries and territories&more than 3,08,000 deaths; Although the Recovery rate is more than 1.64 million people.

With the huge spread of disease, in the second week of March, state governments across the country began shutting down all the public places where there are chances of gathering and possibility of spread of the virus. These places include schools, colleges, offices, spiritual places, restaurants, cafes, gyms, and many other social gatherings places. Only the places that provide necessary services are allowed to stay open such as grocery stores, hospitals, medical stores, etc. The imposed shutdown is temporarily measured to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus& now it is close to a few months now and there is no certainty when the lockdown will be lifted. It is quite a crucial time for all the sectors as it is not only affecting the health of the people but also triggers the nervous system in the human body and adversely affects the economy of the country.

Read Also: Future of Education System Amidst Covid 19

One of the great impacts of Covid-19 is on the education sector of the country. Board examinations, nursery school admissions, entrance tests of various universities and competitive examinations, others, are being held during this period. As the days are passing by with no immediate solution to stop this outbreak, the closure of school and university is hugely affecting the learning across the country. The structure of the education system i.e. learning methodology, teaching techniques &assessment methodologies, are quite affected and result in a shift to online education with most focus on virtual education to accomplish the set aims and objectives. But only a handful of schools and universities could adopt such methods and the low-income private and government school are quite inefficient to adopt the same, thus resulting in a shutdown. Not only the school, but the pandemic has also significantly disrupted the higher education sector as well, which is a critical determinant of a country’s economic future.

Also, the employment rate had a huge fall due to the spreading disease. Recent graduates in India are fearing the withdrawal of job offers for cooperates because of the current ongoing economic crises. The centre for Monitoring Indian Economy’s estimates on unemployment shot up from 8.4% in mid-March to 23% in April and the urban unemployment rate to 30.9%. The pandemic has transformed the centuries of old teaching methods, chalk-talk teaching model to one driven by technology. To overcome the increasing interruption in the education system during Covid-19, some possible alternatives or solutions can be used which includes the help of power supply, digital skills of teachers and students, internet connectivity, it is necessary to explore digital learning, distance learning program can be included, provide support for digitalization to teachers and students.  This disruption in the delivery of education is pushing policymakers to figure out how to drive engagement at the teaching level while ensuring inclusive e-learning solutions and tackling the digital divide. Therefore, it is impossible to ignore that technology plays a crucial role in the educational system and the demand for the current situation. In this time of crisis, a well-rounded and effective educational practice is what is needed for the capacity-building of young minds. It will develop skills, which will lead to their employability, productivity, health, and well-being in the decades to come, and ensure the overall progress of the student as well as of India.

Ms. Ruby Yadav
Asst. Professor
Faculty of Education

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Take the next step for a brighter future with SGT University Education Loan Programme

We all are aware that education is the stepping stone towards a bright future. One’s education is what defines a student and opens a pathway to a successful future. Every ambitious or an aspirational student wants to work hard and excel in studies.

Therefore, SGT University has tied-up a link with PSU Bank for arranging hasslefree education loans and has brought the loan availing process right at the fingertips of our students.

SGT University does believe that studying in a private university is a daunting task when you look at the finances involved. Not only can the tuition fees be expensive but the choice of your university can put weight on your budget as well. And, like any other loan offering, the processing of education loans might involve a detailed documentation process, which can get quite cumbersome at times. But, with easy availability of education loans through the SGT University Education Loan Programme, students no more find any hurdles in their pursuit of higher education.

Here’s how you can apply for an education loan, all you need is:

* KYC Documents:
1. Pan Card
2. Voter Id
3. Aadhar Card
* One Color photograph
* Financial Documents:
1. Bank account statement for the past 3 months
2. Latest Salary Slip
3. 2 years ITR

What benefits you would get?

*High Approval Rates
* Fast and Transparent Loan
* Collateral/Security Free
* 100% Loan for course
* 4 hours instant approval
* Low Rate of Interest

Our education loan program aims at providing financial support to aspiring students for pursuing higher professional education in SGT University. So, that you pay your course fee in easy and affordable EMIs through an educational bank loan.SGT University strongly believes in empowering you with the power of education financing, which will enable you to make a choice of education for yourself. Feasible financial aid that carves the road to a bright future and career prospects.

Disclaimer: This facility is being provided for the benefit of the students, we will not be held responsible for any objection raised by the bank while processing the loan application.

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Let Your Child Grow, Not Your Worries: SGT University Education Loan Programme is Here!

Here’s a question for India’s education-obsessed students: Is it the financial factor that is barring you from achieving heights in your career?
Shri Guru Gobind Singh Tricentenary University believes that the primary responsibility to bear the cost of the educational expenses of the student belongs to the family before the university grants financial aid.
But, by making higher studies in colleges or universities almost unaffordable and student loans quite unbearable, we risk declaring our best and brightest from pursuing higher education and securing a good-paying job in India. Let SGT University help you break that barrier by getting your loan approved in minimal efforts and zero collateral.
Introducing SGT University Education Loan Programme! With a mission and an aim to encourage every deserving student a chance to pursue higher studies, SGT University has established a link with PSU Bank for arranging hasslefree education loans for our students. SGTU believes that achieving a good education is everyone’s right. And, we are always there to help.
At times, the students face difficulties in getting education loans. But SGT University has made special arrangements with PSU banks to deal with cases of SGT students on a priority basis. This facility is also a big help for aspiring students.
Documentation Required For Education Loan
* KYC Documents:
1. Pan Card
2. Voter Id
3. Aadhar Card
* One Color photograph
* Financial Documents:
1. Bank account statement for the past 3 months
2. Latest Salary Slip
3. 2 years ITR
Benefits:
* High Approval Rates
* Fast and Transparent Loan
* Collateral/Security Free
* 100% Loan for course
* 4 hours instant approval
* Low Rate of Interest
Our education loan programme aims at providing financial support to aspiring students for pursuing higher professional education at SGT University. So, that you pay your course fee in easy and affordable EMIs through an educational bank loan.
SGT University strongly believes in empowering you with the power of education financing, which will enable you to make a choice of education for yourself.
An education loan can be a big hassle, but with stepping up it’s a cakewalk!
Note: This facility is being provided for the benefit of the students, we will not be held responsible for any objection raised by the bank while processing the loan application.
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Stay Active During COVID Lockdown

Staying active and fit is difficult at the best of times. But add the self-isolation rules associated with the current Corona Virus pandemic then keeping physically active becomes even more problematic. Self-Isolation has meant fewer opportunities for physical activity, with individuals spending the vast majority of their time at home. Gyms have closed. Incidental exercise falls away. Physical activity routines are broken. Guidelines have been prepared which include

  • Keep minimum of Six Feet Physical Distancing
  • Isolation
  • Frequent Handwashing
  • Facemasks

Exercises and diet tips could help you stay safe and stay fit and stay healthy.

Don’t Skip on Exercise

A good diet should be followed by an exercise routine. Remember to exercise regularly; even some simple exercises will go a long way in releasing the toxins from your body. It is recommended to exercise for 30 to 45 minutes, depending on your stamina. If you have not started exercising yet, then it is a good time to start. Regular exercise improves metabolism, which has a direct correlation with body immunity. You may involve in household activities or exercise on your terrace or indoors during this COVID lockdown.

The need for Exercises/ Physical Activity:

Physical Activity (PA) is defined as any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that require energy expenditure. There are two types of physical activities, namely, aerobic fitness and strength & balance. Physical activities like Active recreation, Sports, Cycling, Walking, Play, Dance, Gardening, House cleaning, lifting weights could be classified as different forms of physical activities.

Benefits of Physical Activity:

Physical activities are known to improvise the circulation & lung functions, improve the immunity levels to various infections, increase energy levels, helpful in weight management, decrease the risk of complications in Diabetes, CVD &  Hypertension, improvise your self-esteem and confidence level and reduce sleep deficiencies.

Physical Activity Recommendations:

For adults aged 18 – 64 years, it is highly recommended that a total of at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity throughout the week, or at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity throughout the week, including muscle-strengthening activities 2 or more days per week.

Benefits of regular physical activity: It is known to reduce your risk of cardiac ailments, lower blood pressure, and lower complications and prevent diabetes, weight management, lower blood cholesterol levels, help to build stronger bones, improvise mobility of muscles and joints and also prevent the risk of osteoporosis and may also prevent some types of cancer

De-stress Yourself

These are testing times, and a prolonged period of staying indoors has its implications on your mental wellbeing. The growing anxiety around the pandemic is another concern that is affecting millions across the globe. While the uncertainty might be overwhelming, there are few steps we can follow regularly to help relieve our stress, stress is known to have an adverse effect on immunity.

Practice Meditation

Too much stress releases the hormone known as cortisol, which impairs your response to immediate surroundings and makes your body susceptible to infections; you are left feeling constantly anxious. The best way to relieve stress is through meditation, it is a tried and tested activity to calm the nerves. Some simple ways to meditate is to close your eyes and observe the breath.

Benefits of Meditation:

Meditation reduces stress, controls anxiety, promotes emotional health, improves self-awareness, improves concentration, and improves cognitive skills.

Practice Pranayama

Anuloma Viloma pranayama is a breathing technique where inhaling and exhaling is not a continuous process, but one that is interrupted by several pauses. The practice of anuloma viloma involves interrupted inhalation and exhalation.

Anuloma Viloma pranayama can be practiced both in the sitting or lying position. It is a pranayama breathing exercise which is ideal for beginners. The practice of anuloma viloma involves interrupted inhalation and exhalation.

Benefits of Pranayama:

Boosts the immune systems, cleanses the nostrils, improves the digestion and functions of other systems, calms down the mind, relaxes your heart, improvises your nervous functions, improves your concentration.

Protect Your Eyes during COVID closed down

Visual discomfort is a frequent complaint about everyone as the whole world is on virtual platforms. Eyestrain and headaches blurred vision are some of the most common problems that could occur during this period due to the overuse of technological gadgets. Other problems include double vision, burning, and dry eyes, eye fatigue, light sensitivity, and after-images. Neck shoulder and back pain can also be related to viewing the computer keyboard and/or screen. To minimize the effects of these injuries some simple eye exercises could be useful as mentioned below.

How to Exercise Your Eyes

Here are a few different types of eye exercises that you can try, depending on your needs.

1) Blinking

Relax and sit comfortably with your eyes open. Now blink your eyes around 15-20 times regularly and as fast as you can. After that keep your eyes closed for say 15-20 seconds. You can repeat this eye exercise to improve vision for a minimum of 4 to 5 times daily.

Blinking keeps the eyes moisturized and prevents dryness. This also leads to the cleansing of eyes and prevent eye strain, especially when you are using laptops, computers, or smartphones. It’s especially advised to students or professional who spend all their day staring at computers or even to an average person as people spend almost 4 to 5 hours in a day on smartphones, the frozen stare on the screen is very toxic to your eyes as it sets many eye discomfort like eye fatigue, red-eye, itching or burning sensation. Blinking offers a break from the consistent stare and stops the constant absorption of blue light rays in your retina.

2) Palming

In this exercise, you need to sit straight and upright. Support your arms by keeping elbows on the desk. Now rub your palms together to make them warm. Place the middle of the palm on each eye simultaneously and fingers touching the forehead. Stay in this position for as long as the eyes feel the warmth from hands. This exercise can be repeated twice or thrice a day. Your eyes will feel the warmth of the palms and at the same time the muscles of the eyes will feel relax after an exhausting day at work, or when you are finished working on laptops or smartphones especially during this period of lockdown.

3) Changing Focus

To start this exercise, bring your thumb in front of the eyes at a distance of about 10 inches away from the eyes. Now focus on the thumb for approx. ten seconds. Thereafter, shift focus to any object that is 10 feet away from eyes, for about 10 seconds. Repeat this exercise for a good two minutes, Follow these steps at least once a day to strengthen eye muscles

This exercise also requires nothing but focusing your thumb. Stretch your arm, make a fist, keep your thumb facing upward. Focus on the thumb and now bring the thumb near the eyes till it is barely three inches away. Repeat the same procedure by bringing the thumb near and far from the eyes for about two to five minutes. This exercise can be done three to five times a day.

4) Figure of Eight

Sit straight and upright on a chair or on the floor. With the help of your thumb or any finger draw a figure of number 8 while keeping a continuous focus on the thumb/finger and keeping the elbow straight. Repeat this exercise for two minutes in a clockwise and anti-clockwise direction

Now that you know all these helpful eye exercises to improve vision fast, it’s important that you start doing them from now. Share these to your sibling and friends who often spend time on their smartphones or laptops and prevents them from developing a severe eye condition in the coming years.

Sleep

Good snooze time for 7-8 hours is the best way to help you improve your immunity; lesser sleep will leave you tired and this could impair your brain activity. The lack of sleep will prevent the body from resting and this will impair other bodily systems and functions which could have a direct impact on your immunity. Lack of sleep adversely brings down your immunity and could put you at a high risk of infections.

Benefits of Eye Exercises:

Better vision prevents eye strain injuries, improve concentration, calm down the mind, improve work productivity.

Diet during COVID

Supplements and immunity-boosting foods

While all the above-mentioned tips will definitely help, the need of the hour is a quick boost to your immunity system to keep it fighting fit. Take care that you are getting the right amount of nutrients from your diet, to boost up your immune system. Here are a few tips on a few food groups that could help.

Stay Hydrated

Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water every day, to stay hydrated. Hydration will help you flush out the toxins from the body and maintain optimum health. Other alternatives include juices made of citrus fruits, watermelons, musk melons, and coconut water, to beat the heat. 

Vitamin C

This particular vitamin is a crucial participant in the army of immunity. It helps prevent the common cold. It acts as a powerful antioxidant and protects against damage induced by oxidative stress. Vitamin C is rich in citrus fruits Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower, green and red peppers, spinach, cabbage, turnip greens, and other leafy greens, tomatoes and tomato juice.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D supplements have a mild protective effect against respiratory tract infections. As the season is hot outside, people are confined to indoors and due to lockdown, there is a high risk of n Vitamin-D deficiency. The best way is to have a sunbath early in the morning. Best before 9.00 AM during the summers. Sunlight has been a natural source of Vitamin D and some other sources include dairy products, orange juice, soy milk, and cereals.

Zinc

Zinc is a vital component to WBC (white blood corpuscles) which fights infections. Zinc deficiency often makes one more susceptible to colds and other viral infections. It is advisable to take a zinc supplement, especially for older people. Natural sources of Zinc include legumes, cereals, seeds, nuts, whole grains, etc.

Elderberry

Elderberries are full of nutrients including minerals like phosphorus, potassium, iron, copper, and vitamins, such as vitamins A, B, and C, proteins, and dietary fiber. Elderberries have antibacterial and antiviral qualities that help fight respiratory tract infections like cold and influenza.

Turmeric and Garlic

Turmeric bright yellow kitchen spice which contains a compound called curcumin, which boosts the immune function. Garlic has powerful anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties which enhances body immunity.

Apart from maintaining a healthy lifestyle and taking supplements, the following self-care guidelines as preventive measures and to boost immunity with special reference to respiratory health.

  • Drink warm water throughout the day.
  • Practice Meditation, Eye exercises, and Pranayama.
  • Increase the intake of Turmeric, Cumin, Coriander, and garlic.
  • Drink herbal tea or decoction of Holy basil, Cinnamon, Black pepper, Dry Ginger, and Raisin.
  • Avoid sugar and replace it with palm sugar or jaggery if needed.
  • Apply Ghee (clarified butter), Sesame oil, or Coconut oil in both the nostrils to keep the nostrils clean.
  • Inhale steam with Mint leaves, Eucalyptus or Holy Basil or Tulsi leaves which could be useful to clean your nostrils

It is recommended that youngsters develop a healthy routine that best matches the needs of their academic schedule and outside commitments. It might be encouraged to take care of the basics, including keeping a regular sleep schedule, fitness activities just as they would a class, something simple as a 15-minute walk. It must be encouraged that youngsters stay well hydrated, consume healthy meals, and keep healthy food habits to keep themselves fit, healthy, and safe.

Dr. Sangeeth Somanadhapai
Prof & Dean
Faculty of Naturopathy & Yogic Sciences,
SGT University Gurgaon

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