Okay, ladies, admit it. How many of you us actually knew this week (May 9-15) was National Women’s Health Week?
I know, we’re all too busy taking care of our kids, our husbands, our parents, pets and petunias to even realize there’s a week dedicated to our health — but this year’s theme “It’s Your Time” invites you to take a few minutes and focus on your own wellbeing.
According to the National Women’s Health Week website, when women take care of themselves, the health of their families improve. The site also includes a handy interactive tool that shows you what screenings and immunizations you need depending on your age and health topic.
The ultimate goal of this week is to remind women to take the time to take care of yourselves ourselves.
- Try to get 2.5 hours of moderate physical activity and/or 1.25 hours of vigorous physical activity each week.
Easier said than done, we all know that — but do your best. Try tracking your activity for a couple of weeks by jotting it down on a notepad. You’re probably doing more than you think!
- Stick to a nutritious diet.
No one eats healthy 100% of the time. Make an effort to make good choices and try to keep your splurges under control.
- Visit a health care professional for regular checkups and preventive screenings.
Use the tool above to see what you need and what you can skip.
- Avoid risky behavior like smoking and not wearing a seatbelt.
There’s so much you can’t control in life, focus on what you can.
- Pay attention to your mental health; get enough sleep and manage your stress levels.
Can’t get a full eight hours of sleep each night? Join the club. Try to rearrange things so you can get more shut-eye and make sure you’re aware of your stress levels. This is another area where exercise can help!