If women put self-care and health on our to-do list, it would get done. The issue we’re overcoming when we observe National Women’s Health Week is our tendency to put so many other things first. To start a new path that makes our own health a priority, it takes a reminder every year. That’s why we devote a week to raising awareness, beginning the second Sunday of May, this year May 12-18.

What to Do Each Decade of Life

The Health & Human Services website offers a really interesting approach to the steps we can take to better health, during each decade of a woman’s life, from our 20s through our 90s. Yes, women today have more likelihood of achieving their 90s than at any other time in history, so including that last decade among the steps is not just for show. Getting to our 90’s calls for special awareness and attention, though.

It might be just as surprising that the health and self-care steps in the website includes the decade of our 20s. Yet, even at the age when most of us feel invulnerable, there are things to do that build a foundation for the health we enjoy later. Another surprising thing about these steps is how many of them appear continually, in every decade of life. It’s never too early to start, and it’s worth paying attention at any age.

Some Steps May Be Surprising

Among these steps for women’s health, not texting while driving is another one of the steps that is included at every age. t might seem off the subject, but consider the consequences. Similarly, getting seven to eight hours of sleep might seem impractical, but it is specified as a key factor for managing stress and for mental health. Seat belts and bicycle helmets have a place in women’s lives, too, for those willing to take an active part in achieving a longer, healthier life.

Self-Care for the Selfless

It clicks right into place that while other health recognition events are a month long, the one devoted to Women’s Health is a week. Many women are just as accustomed to getting it done faster as they are unaccustomed to putting themselves first.

And it’s not just here in the U.S. All over the world cultures and customs and wisdom traditions recognize that women seem uniquely devoted and qualified for giving care to the people around them, from family to community and beyond. The compassion and practical action that women offer, seemingly by nature, provide a context in which all other factors revolve.

Caring for themselves, however, seems to need a little reminder and sometimes a bit of professional help. At Global Family Medicine, we would be glad to become that partner for informing and empowering the care you give yourself. Call us at 843-815-6468.