Women’s Health Week: Whole Health: Prevention, Care, and Wellbeing
National Women’s Health Week, celebrated each year beginning on Mother’s Day, is an opportunity to prioritize women’s health and wellbeing. Taking care of yourself encompasses physical, mental, social, and emotional aspects. Here are a few of my favorite ways to prioritize your health.
- Regular Check-ups: Routine appointments with your healthcare provider to stay informed about screenings, exams, and preventive services.
- Trust Your Instincts: If anything feels concerning or doesn’t seem right, don’t hesitate to make an appointment or reach out to your doctor or nurse. Write down any questions or concerns you have before your appointment.
- Sufficient Sleep:. Establishing a consistent sleep schedule, including weekends, can help you get the rest you need and give your body time to reset. As caregivers we are known for prioritizing others, it’s time to rest and prioritize yourself!
- Stress Management Through Self-Care: Dedicate time to unwind and engage in activities that bring you joy and relaxation.
- Connection and Support: Foster meaningful relationships and seek support from trusted individuals or local support groups. Remember, you are not alone in facing challenges.
- Healthy Eating: Adopting a balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, fat-free or low-fat dairy products. Always mindful of reducing salt, saturated and trans fats, and added sugars. Consider lactose-free versions and fortified soy beverages or yogurts as alternatives.
- Moderation: Be mindful of your drinking and habits and consider developing a plan to reduce alcohol consumption.
- Physical Activity: Engage in regular physical activity to improve your overall health. Start with small steps and gradually build up to at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of aerobic activity each week. Remember to include activities that strengthen all major muscle groups at least twice a week. I love a great run and getting on the Peloton.
- Mental Health: Prioritize your mental wellbeing by practicing activities such as deep breathing, exercise, connecting with loved ones, seeking support from trusted individuals or organizations, and engaging in activities you enjoy. Tools like Insight timer for meditation can also be helpful.
- Seeking Help: If you feel the need, reach out to a healthcare provider or counselor for professional support. In times of crisis, contact the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline or local support services.
As we celebrate National Women’s Health Week, we come together to share things that help us feel healthier in hopes to inspire and lift others though the things we know work for us.