- The essence of the day is to make everyone aware of the value of our lives.
- To dance, you don’t have to be a professional dancer. You don’t need to know how to dance.
- Kenya will be celebrating the day for the fourth time.
Everyone wants to be healthy, look good, and live under good physical and mental conditions. A healthy living is practically the whole world’s common dream.
Global Wellness Day is a special day celebrated every second week of June. It is an entirely not-for-profit day, but an international social project dedicated to living well.
The most important essence of the day is to make everyone aware of the value of our lives.
Global Wellness Day has existed for the past 11 years. It was born in 2012 in Sapanca, Turkey, as an entirely not-for-profit event.
The day has no relation with any institution or any organization and operation without any commercial purpose. It is based on the idea that “You can changee your life in a day.”
Over the years, the day has become popular and is currently being celebrated in over 170 countries in the world, with nearly 110 ambassadors, 28 key supporters, and 3 advisors.
In Kenya, Global Wellness Day was started in 2019, with the first celebrations being on June 8, 2019, at Trade Mark Hotel located in Village Market.
Loise Machira is the Global Wellness Day Ambassador for Kenya.
She is also a Policy, Digital Strategy and Impact Consultant, and the Founder of Tizi Talks, a health and wellness company that advocates for enjoyable healthy living through content creation and planning of related events.
Ms. Machira is also a lawyer by profession.
“During a period where I felt conflicted about what I wanted with my legal career, taking care of my physical and mental health became a priority because I realized without a clear mind, I couldn’t make decisions that were in my best interest.
When I moved back to Kenya, I wanted to share my life-changing experience and show people that leading a healthy lifestyle should be enjoyable and necessary because it can unlock your potential,” Ms. Machira shared about her journey to starting the ambassadorial role.
Her wellness blog is called Tizi Talks, where she publishes a weekly newsletter and organizes events on health and wellness to raise awareness of the endless benefits of wellness.
This year, Ibiza, Ghana, Belgium, Tanzania, Bhutan, Seychelles, Cameroon, Mauritius, Senegal and Tunisia are among the new countries that have come on board on global wellness day.
The theme of Global Wellness Day 2023 is #DanceMagenta: A celebration of wellness through dance. These are a set of actions grounded on dance, which is gaining increasing value globally.
The philosophy behind the theme is that:
“To dance… You don’t have to be a professional dancer. You don’t need to know how to dance. You don’t need a specific place or time to dance.” This is according to the Global Wellness Day website.
As Friedrich Nietzsche said, “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”
The #DanceMagenta steps are to dance with your body, your thoughts and your life.
We cannot change the course of the world. However, it is entirely upon us to change our lives.
The #DanceMagenta manifesto is to dance to get out of our shell, to be one with world. Dance, to feel free and healthier. Dance, because happiness has shortcuts and dance is one of them.
Don’t let any physical barrier stop you from dancing. Dance with your thought and dreams. Let music be your world, your rhythm be your life and your thoughts be your movements.
That is when dance becomes magenta. You become complete, with your soul and body.
Joining the world in celebrating the Global Wellness Day on June 10, 2023, Kenya will be doing it for the fourth time.
The event will take place at Anzana Gardens in Nairobi and will include activities such as Zumba, meditation, and complementary wellness checks for all participants.
In collaboration with Aarti Chandarana, a one-hour fitness class merging dance and Zumba will be held to remind participants that dancing is a form of exercise and an essential part of improving their health.
The event is aimed at promoting wellness and healthy living and underscores Kenya’s commitment to creating a better, more vibrant society.
Towards healthy lifestyle
In order to make wellness a lifestyle, Global Wellness Day aims to adopt the following simple steps, as pointed out on their website:
Walk for an hour: the brain secretes endorphins while you are walking, making you feel better.
As well, your muscles get stronger, you lose belly fat, your cholesterol level reduces and it helps you overcome your weight problems.
Drink alot of water: People who drink less water might suffer from exhaustion, attention deficiency and memory problems. The more water you drink the less carbonated drinks you will consume.
Avoid using plastic bottles: Plastic bottles made of petroleum waste cause innumerable damage to our health and the environment. All plastics have the potential of producing dangerous chemicals when scratched or heated, some of which are cancerous.
How can life be if we do away with plastic bottles? Is it possible?
Eat healthy foods: Try to consume organic foods produced through natural methods by using appropriate fertilizers and weed control techniques without using pesticides and dangerous chemicals.
Change yourself by changing others: To make the world a better place to live, try to break your prejudices. By changing someone else’s life, you will realize how significantly you’ve been changing yours.
Have a family dinner: Eat a family dinner with your loved ones in a place where, if possible, there are no smartphones and TV. Talk about your day. Listen to each other’s recommendations.
Sleep by 10 p.m.: Sleeping time allows the body to regulate everything and repair and heal itself. It slows down aging and protects us from diseases.
The most common illness on earth is depression, also known as general unhappiness.
Depression translates to sleep disorders, stress, poor nutrition, inactivity, obesity and heart disease.
The solution to this, however, is in your hands—pursuing wellness.
Global Wellness Day is a journey of self-discovery where you will realize you can change every day of your life.
It is to remind people that wellness is not a luxury but a necessity.
It is a day for all, from kids to adults, and while not everyone will make it to the Anza Gardens, Fancied Story Network makes a clarion call to institutions, organizations, businesses, churches and groups of friends to honor that day by taking part in wellness activities.
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Let’s ignite a flame of happiness on June 10, 2023.
To know more about Global Wellness Day, you can visit their Instagram page @globalwellnessdayke or their website.