Munavvar Izhar MD Examines Why Holistic Health and Mindful Living Are Critical During Covid Times — Information Healthy

Dr. Munavvar Izhar
3 min readJan 1, 2021

Maintaining health and wellness have been difficult during the COVID-19 pandemic. Gyms, yoga studios, and other exercise outlets have been shut down, and our favorite healthy restaurants have been closed or with reduced services for months. Anxieties and fears surrounding the coronavirus pandemic have led to serious amounts of stress, which can cause mental and physical harm. Munavvar Izhar said, “The stresses this year have been overwhelming. People are wondering what is going to happen to their jobs, how they’re going to continue homeschooling their children, and when they’re going to be able to enjoy time with friends and family again.”

However, Dr. Munavvar Izhar recently explained that mindful living and holistic health are more important now than ever.

“Mindfulness is critical to staying mentally sharp and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic,”

Munavvar Izhar explained that practicing mindfulness is a proven effective approach to relieving stress. Mindfulness can be achieved through meditation, but it can also be achieved through a number of activities or actions that simply encourage you to slow down. Munavvar Izhar explained that mindfulness is more about taking time to observe what’s happening internally and externally in your life at any given moment. The goal is to simply observe, analyze and avoid a reaction. Eventually, you’ll be able to let go of those stressors and enjoy a more mindful daily life. Munavvar Izhar said. “A holistic lifestyle is geared towards developing a superior overall well-being.”

“Daily exercise, a balanced, unprocessed/ unrefined diet, and a few additional actions can really transform the way a person experiences this pandemic,” Dr. Munavvar Izhar said. “Specific practices, like yoga, meditation and harnessing the positive mind energy can better the experience even more.”

Developing Passions and Pursuing Interests during this time where in avoiding crowds and social distancing are a norm, is of paramount importance. Any activity for which one has an aptitude or interest should be pursued and enjoyed. Munavvar Izhar says it is the “me time” which is very important for self recognition and enhancement of self in a positive way.

Munavvar Izhar also suggests other holistic healing options, like using aromatherapy to reduce stress and calm the mind. Natural floral scents have been proven to promote relaxation and improve mood. For instance, lavender is known to induce relaxation, while rose is calming, and jasmine elevates mood while heightening senses.

Munavvar Izhar says that Focused, rhythmic breathing and timed muscular and sphincter contraction and relaxation are established, stress killers! Which are very easy to practice. Developing positive attitudes, practicing forgiveness and Gratitude develops an aura of clean and positive mind energy which according to scientific studies has proven to offer calm living and longer life!!. Munavvar Izhar quotes beautifully:

We don’t live in bungalows, duplexes or flats. We live in our minds.

Yes, that’s our permanent residence. And there are no constraints of square-feet there. It’s a vast space with unlimited area. And you know what! No matter how well-organized your rooms, balconies, garages, and verandas are, life is good only when things are sorted there — in your mind.

And that’s where we keep things messy — regrets piling up in one corner, expectations stuffed in a closet, secrets under the carpet, worries littered everywhere, comparisons spilt on the table, complexes leaking from an old bottle, and grudges stinking in a box.

Be aware. For this ‘real home’ of yours, you can’t outsource housekeeping. You gotta do it yourself! ONCE THE MIND IS IN ORDER, HALF THE BATTLE IS WON!!

“If you’ve been working toward a more holistic lifestyle, now is the time to put what you’ve learned into action,” Munavvar Izhar said. “Stay in touch with the present moment, eat healthily, exercise regularly, and take moments to pause or enjoy your favorite hobbies throughout the day. These tools can be extremely helpful in keeping you mentally and physically healthy during these overwhelming COVID times.”

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Originally published at on January 1, 2021.



Dr. Munavvar Izhar

Dr. Munavvar Izhar is a nephrologist who specializes in nephrology, hypertension and nephrology, as well as nephrology and renal medicine.