Today, we observe National Women’s Health and Fitness Day, the centerpiece of the week that bears the same name. To focus on the right of women to pursue and support their own well-being takes place in a special context. From family to community and beyond, the qualities of compassion and practical application that women offer, seemingly by nature, can make it appear that women are uniquely suited and qualified for giving care to the people around them. Caring for themselves, however, sometimes seems to need a little reminder.
Take Your Choice of Tips
The openings for constructive suggestions for women’s well-being are so abundant that you can find a list from any source that suits you, from Fitness magazine to Health.com. Here are some of our favorites.
Among the steps women can take to better health at any age, compiled by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, is the reminder not to text and drive. It might not seem like a health topic, but the HHS list is organized for every decade of life from the 20s through the 90s, and we’re unlikely to reach our 90s if we text and drive. Besides, who’s more vulnerable to this hazard than women, who seem to take multi-tasking as a way of life.
“Take a nap” is among the dozen tips offered by Health.com, and we think it bears repeating here because it is so easy to dismiss. Everyone seems to think their life makes napping particularly impractical. A little bit of how-to can go a long way toward exploding that myth. Just 20 minutes of shut eye near the middle of your day has been shown to increase creativity, memory, and learning, while reducing your risk for high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and all the deadly results that stem from those conditions.
Reducing stress any way you can is a tip that belongs on anybody’s list for women’s health and fitness. No, it might not seem feasible to change the circumstances that cause stress – although you might be surprised if you try. Even more important is to recognize that “stress” is not what we call the cause, it is actually the response. The way we respond to stressful circumstances is the key, and we have a lot more control over our response than we might have thought. Yes, yoga and meditation prove very effective, but simple deep breathing and pleasant massage work well, too. The price we pay for stress is pervasive, and empowering ourselves to respond differently is well worth a little effort.
At the Top of Your Own List
The biggest issue we’re overcoming when we observe National Women’s Health Week is the tendency to put so many other things first. There’s no doubt it would get done if we put taking charge of our own well-being on our to-do list. It may help to have a professional partner when we set out on new path that makes our own health a priority.
We would be glad to become that partner for informing and empowering the care you give yourself. Call us at 843-815-6468 to get started.