Women play a significant role in the complete family lifecycle. Mom, grandma, aunt, sister, friend, spouse, teacher, chef, driver, tear-dryer, housekeeper, professional – the list goes on and on. One of the most important roles that can’t be argued – is that women are the primary decision-makers when it comes to managing the overall well-being of the entire family.
In managing these many roles and responsibilities, women neglect to care for themselves. For all women, it is important to take time for health, wellness, and self-care, because those moments matter. Being vigilant and making small changes can make a big difference.
For all women, it is important to take time for health, wellness, and self-care, because those moments matter.
Here are some ideas that health care providers can discuss with their patients, and ideas for women to take a few guilt-free moments for themselves:
Schedule Annual Wellness Exams
Make the time to schedule your annual well-woman visit, mammogram, GYN checkup, eye exams, colonoscopy, or bi-annual dentist appointment. Your health is important, and you need to care for yourself before you can care for others. Schedule one hour on your calendar to set up these appointments for your wellness – and be sure to keep the appointments!
Get Some Rest
Sleep is an essential part of your overall health. Lack of sleep could increase your risk of weight gain, depression, anxiety, and heart disease. What does your current bedtime routine look like? Do you have a set bedtime? Are you putting your smartphone away at least an hour before bed? These simple changes can help ensure a good night’s sleep.
Eat Well and Hydrate
There are simple things you can do to feel better when it comes to eating and making sure you are getting enough H20. Substitute low-fat Greek yogurt in place of sour cream, and buy 100% whole wheat bread and pasta, instead of white flour-based foods. Use a reusable water bottle that marks your drinking milestones throughout the day to keep you motivated to finish your water intake. It’s recommended to drink .5 – 1 oz of water for every pound you weigh. So, if you’re 150 lbs., that’s between 75-150 ounces daily – fill ‘er up!
Outdoor vitamin D can help you to de-stress. Build a 15-minute walk outside into your routine – early in the morning before work and before the kids are awake in a great time to set the tone for your day. Take time to appreciate the warmth of the sunshine which can help to improve your mood and start your day on a calm note.
Talk it Out
If you are feeling sluggish, depressed, anxious, or overwhelmed – there are resources available to you to help. Friends are likely going through similar emotions, and your physician is a good resource for helping you navigate your mental health and can offer tips, guidance, or a referral.
Connect with Others
In our world of FaceTime, Zoom, and Google Hangout – it is easier than ever to reach out and connect with someone. Schedule a half-hour video call with a friend, mentor, or colleague to catch up on life’s happenings.
Smoking is extremely harmful to your health (cigarettes and vaping), especially to your lungs. There are many smoking cessation programs available to help kick the habit for good.
The small moments will make a big difference. Remember to prioritize your health and wellness so that you can continue to be your best self.
Limit Your Alcohol Intake
Drinking too much alcohol can raise your blood pressure and have more serious implications on your overall health. Limit alcohol to one drink per day.
Small moments matter and will make a big difference across mood, outlook, and overall health and happiness.
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