National Women's Health Week
There are 4 billion women in the world. 4 billion, yet each of them is different from the other. But the similarities in them are the important roles that each woman plays throughout her lifetime. Be it the role of a mother, daughter, sister, friend, teacher, mentor, etc. While playing these roles, as natural caregivers, women prioritize and take care of the physical and mental health of everyone but themselves. Hence, “Women’s Health Week” serves as a reminder to every woman out there to prioritize their own well-being and take charge of their health!
First, let’s talk a bit about exactly what “Women’s Health Week” is.
Women’s Health Week occurs or begins each Mother’s Day. This year it’s from 8th-14th May 2022. It is a worldwide campaign – centred on improving women’s health and helping them to make healthier choices. Read on as we will be sharing tips and tools to help you join in and become a part of Women’s Health Week and create a personal wellness plan for healthy living. Because it’s never too early or too late to start working towards being your healthiest self.
No. 1 – See your doctor every year, and get yourself regularly tested.
Don’t wait for an illness or disease to sweep you off your feet and onto the bed, to see a doctor. Make annual appointments with your gynecologists’ and physician for regular tests and check-ups.
No. 2 – Stay active.
The pandemic restrictions have started to be lifted, take advantage of it and go out for a morning walk or cycling. But if you’re not a fan of the outdoors or the sun, then set up a treadmill in your house. It is recommended that all healthy adults should have at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity each week. But if you’re a working woman or a student and cannot take out time for exercising, then try to squeeze in a few 5-minute walks throughout the day. A little activity is still better than no activity at all.
No. 3 – Maintain a healthy diet.
Not just physical activity but proper nutrition is also necessary for good health and a strong immune system. Try to maintain a hearty healthy diet by avoiding or limiting foods with added sugars and saturated fats. Add some colour to your food palate by adding a variety of fruits and vegetables to your meals. Focus on consuming whole grain products and low-fat dairy products. And the most important thing, do not forget to drink lots of water!
No. 4 – Take care of your mental health.
Regular physical activity is not just good for your body but also your mental health as it helps to relieve stress and makes you feel positive. Along with physical activity, The University of Michigan, suggests that everyone should practice mindfulness to quiet their mind. You can practice mindfulness by meditating or by finding a hobby which you enjoy and it helps you relax. You should also take care of your sleeping schedule. Try to sleep and wake up at the same time every day and make sure you’re getting enough sleep. It is proven that a good night’s sleep can significantly improve a person’s mood and can make them feel more positive and fresh.
One other thing to do is to connect with your friends, family and loved ones. Try to get some social time along with me-time. You can connect with your loved ones by sharing with them this and reminding them to prioritize their health as well on this “Women’s Health Week”!