It must be unintentional, but still it fits perfectly, that while other health recognition events are a month long – including Men’s Health Month – the one devoted to Women’s health is just a week, beginning on Mothers’ Day each year. This year National Women’s Health Week is observed May 13-19. “We’re accustomed to getting it done faster,” many women might say.
Care for the Caring One
The role women take as the ones who care is not just observed in our own country. Cultures and wisdom traditions all over the world include the recognition that many women seem uniquely suited and qualified for giving care to the people around them. From family to community and beyond, the qualities of compassion and practical application that women offer, seemingly by nature, provide the context in which all other factors revolve.
In caring for themselves, however, women sometimes seem to need a little reminder.
Attention to Health at Every Age
An interesting approach to the topic is on the Health & Human Services website. Steps to better health are spelled out for every decade of a woman’s life, from our 20s through our 90s. Including that last decade among the steps is far from a stunt. Women today have more likelihood of achieving their 90s than at any other time in history. But getting there calls for some self-care and attention.
It might be equally surprising that the “steps” exhibit in the website includes the 20s. But yes, 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. In fact, another surprising thing about these steps is how many of them appear in every decade of life. It’s worth paying attention at any age and it’s never too early to start.
Health Factors are Not Always Obvious
It might seem off the subject, but nevertheless it’s true that not texting while driving is one of the steps and factors for better women’s health that is included at every age among the suggestions from HHS. Getting seven to eight hours of sleep might seem impractical but it is a key factor for mental health and for managing stress. 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.
What if We Saw It as Part of the Job
If we put it on our Do list, there’s not doubt 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 may help to have a professional coach.
We would be glad to become that partner for empowering the care you give yourself. Call us at 843-815-6468.