It’s an age old saying, but do we actually believe and take preventive measures. This phrase was coined around 1500 century, when the health services and technology were medieval if not barbaric. But does this phrase still hold good in an era where life expectancy has increased 3X, medical facilities are available 24×7 to most of the people in developed and developing countries and you can treat basic ailments using drugs from medical stores across the street. Well there are few phrases which never go out of fashion.
Prevention can be better than cure, but the current generation lives by the phrase YOLO (You only live once) and hence the thrill, excitement and adrenaline rush becomes a necessity rather than a choice. We are continuously seeking new ways to find that rush, we are in an era where we have maximum mood stimulants, verities of alcohol, smokes and chemicals that could turn you into a live firecracker within seconds. Our bodies are excellent examples of adaptability and resistance, we have created tolerance for many pesticides, pollutants and poisons mixed in our food, water and air, which could have been fatal for humans few decades back. But taking it for granted and being careless can only do us harm.
Prevention is the only way the human race can survive and thrive. Covid19 has been an eye opener for the world. We all are professing the benefits of prevention now, because we face an unknown/unpredictable enemy. Masks, social distancing and routine cleansing rituals have become a norm. Where we used to feel invincible, Covid19 virus has shown how vulnerable human race can be. Taking protective measures at the right time, can save us millions of dollars, resources and most important our lives. But why do we have to face a pandemic to realise and accept the benefits of prevention? Isn’t this the most common thing we should do for our survival?
The issue with prevention is that it is tuff, difficult, requires discipline. And we as a race have become spoilt by convenience and luxuries. Preventive measures require dedication, care, discipline, hard work, and caution. But we humans are drawn to danger, we like to be challenged, explore our limits and go beyond, which has made our race the most exploratory one. We have been to the depths of the ocean, trekked the volcanic peaks, been inside the darkest caves and set on journeys to undiscovered lands. These exploratory marvels and scientific inventions have been possible due to our risk taking capabilities. But where do we draw a line. There are few forces that can be controlled or predicted, however there is a vast majority of organisms, situations and activities which are unpredictable and can wreak havoc in our lives.
Top 6 reasons why prevention is better than cure:
- Immunity – boosting immunity is a series of tasks that create a system of efficiency. Immunity is not a single entity, it is a system, which is created through harmony and balance. Most of the functions that lead to a healthy and effective immune system are a series of predefined habits (preventive measures). Which range from healthy diet, sleeping routine, cleansing your body, exercising and avoiding stimulants like alcohol and smoke.
When all these factors come together, your body develops healthy cells/antibodies to fight invaders which might affect you inversely. Building immunity is an ongoing process, there is no end time or stop to it, you have to keep taking preventive measures, so that your body is always equipped for adverse situations. It’s like countries spending Billions of Dollars in defence, though there is no war or prediction of it. It is a proactive measure to counteract worst case scenario.
- Transportation – machines are made to make our lives easier and convenient. We have built engineering marvels, that could transport us thousands of miles within hours. However these machines come with enormous risk and capability to harm numerous lives. Number one aspect of handling these machines is precaution, this is advertised and written in bold for emphasis.
Every year the lives of approximately 1.35 million people are cut short as a result of a road accidents. Between 20 and 50 million more people suffer non-fatal injuries, with many incurring a disability as a result of their injury. Think about the resources that can be saved from preventive measures. The trauma and loss faced by the family members can’t be gauged. Hence a small step towards safety, care and precaution can help you multifariously.
- Safety – being safe is a choice more than an option. Taking care of your safety while travelling, socialising, at your house, are all part of being cautious of unseen difficulties. Many people say, they didn’t anticipate such incident in an ‘X’ person’s company or at a particular location. It only shows that human beings are an unpredictable race and you can never gauge how safe or unsafe you are. Best option here is to take precautions. You don’t have to be a spoil sport, but being in control always helps.
Your belongings, life and sanctity are yours to protect, no one else will care about it as much as you. Depending on someone to be your guardian is a fairy-tale. No matter your relation or the situation, you’ll be respected for being the one who took control. Be the master of your own destiny, take care of yourself and others wherever you are or with whomever you are with.
- Work – being mindful about how you conduct yourself at the workplace can save your job and give opportunities for growth. We are reckless sometimes with our emails, reactions and advances. Workplace is completely an unpredictable environment. You’ll always have competitors, envious peers and someone trying to take your place. Being smart and careful will literally take you places.
Many times we flow in emotions, be impulsive and make a rash decision, this can lead to many unprecedented situations that may be detrimental to your career.
Always double check your emails, be courteous in the most fiery situations, count to ten before reacting on impulses and calculate your every move. Please don’t get overwhelmed by this statement, what is trying to be established is precaution. When we are young, we are naïve and look at the corporate world from the eyes of our MBA books. Which makes them an ideal place, where we’ll add our skill sets and change the world. But in reality it is totally different. Hence being cautious will help you succeed and win the corporate race.
- Relationships – can’t stress enough on this fact, prevention is better than cure in all relationships. We take our partners for granted, become complacent and stop taking initiatives that attracted our mates. And this leads to voids, which with time become deep gorges impossible to fill.
Every person needs reassurance and an act of love to feel connected. With time we lose the charm of charming the charmed one, which can be fatal. Find ways to reignite the passion through activities and surprises. A long happy relationship can add value in your life through relieving stress, helping you cope with external factors that may be obstructing your growth and giving you a sense of belonging.
Relationships are built on trust, once gained it may last forever, but if broken it may take a lifetime to rebuild. Hence taking care of your loved ones now is much wiser than mending broken bridges later.
- Resources – natural resources are depleting faster than we expected. Drinking water is already a concern, rising sea levels due to over consumption of fossil fuels are reaching catastrophic levels, lack of trees is causing a chain reaction affecting the ozone layer, flooding planes and destroying the habitat of multiple species. Though we have started taking preventive measures now, it would have been a different story if we were more mindful few decades back.
Earth is made of finite resources, which replenishes in millennia’s. We have exploited them without considering the future of our planet. Preventive measures are the only way forward for us, because there may be no cure for this crisis. Walk more, take public transportation, conserve water, preserve nature, at the end everything is connected and we need to do our bit today for the longevity of our race.
Prevention is always better than cure, it is free, saves resources, avoids unnecessary stress, improves productivity, slows down ageing process and has many direct & indirect advantages. It only requires a little discipline and mindfulness towards things you do. A small act today will give you huge returns tomorrow. Take control of yourself and the surroundings to live a healthy, happier and stress free life.