Tue. May 28th, 2024

New Delhi, 19th March 2024:- As the festival of colors approaches, Manasthali, a leading mental health non-profit organization focused on community well-being, recognizes the importance of fostering an environment where joyous celebrations can coexist with health and safety measures. To keep the well-being of people in mind, Manasthali has issued a health advisory, that aims to guide individuals and communities on responsible and mindful practices during the festive season.

Every year, many people suffer from respiratory problems, breathing difficulties, dry skin, and eye problems during and after Holi. This is due to the smoke and dry colours in the air.

Key Tips from Manasthali’s Health Advisory:

1- Use Eco-friendly colours: Manasthali encourages the use of eco-friendly and natural colors to minimize environmental impact and reduce health risks associated with chemical-based colors. These colors are not only safe for the skin but also contribute to a more sustainable and eco-conscious celebration. One can even use haldi, kum kum, chandan, and beet root juice as natural substitutes for colours.

2- Protective clothing: Ensure that you wear long-sleeved clothing to minimize direct exposure to colour on the skin. Additionally, applying a layer of coconut or olive oil can provide a protective barrier and make colour removal easier.

3- Eye protection: Shield your eyes by wearing sunglasses or using protective eyewear to prevent irritation from colour powders. In case of accidental contact with eyes, rinse thoroughly with clean water and seek medical attention if necessary.

4- Stay hydrated: Celebrating Holi often involves outdoor activities and exposure to the sun. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day to prevent dehydration and fatigue.

5- Dispose of waste responsibly: Properly dispose of used water balloons, colour packets, and other waste in designated bins. Help maintain the cleanliness of public spaces and promote a cleaner environment.

6- No play zone near food: Even natural colour powder, when ingested can be dangerous for children. Intake of colours can cause severe outbursts of reaction and food poisoning. Show your child to avoid oral contact with colours.

Dr. Jyoti Kapoor, Founder & Director, Manasthali says, “Playing Holi safely is paramount as it ensures not only physical but also mental well-being. By embracing precautions and mindfulness, we protect ourselves and those around us from potential harm. Safety measures preserve the joy of the festival, allowing everyone to revel in the colourful spirit without worry or regret. Let us celebrate responsibly, nurturing bonds of camaraderie and happiness while safeguarding our health and harmony.”

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