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Elizabeth Scott, M.S.

National Women's Health Week: Take Care Of Yourself!

By May 13, 2013

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National Women's Health Week began on Mother's Day, as it does every year. This week, you are encouraged to do five things: Part of the mental health aspect of this is to keep an eye on stress management, and have a plan that works for you. Staying active, eating a healthy diet, avoiding unhealthy behaviors, and keeping your body healthy--these other four foci can all support stress management efforts. It's all connected! And now is the time to take care of yourself and be sure that you're doing everything you can to safeguard your health.

I've linked resources in the list above, but I recommend the resources below as well. As women, especially those of us who are mothers, we tend to put others' needs before our own more often. This is kind and benevolent, and sometimes necessary, but we need to be sure that we take care of our own needs with dedication as well. (Not only are we more able to care for others when we are doing well ourselves, we deserve to have our needs met, particularly when these needs have to do with our health!)

I encourage you to subscribe to About.com's Women's Health Newsletter as well as our Healthy Monday Newsletter (which I edit)--they both have wonderful resources from all around About.com Health that can help you to maintain a healthy lifestyle in simple steps.

The following resources can help women take better care of themselves--for their own wellness and so that they can continue to provide excellent care to those that they love. Take them to heart, and send them to the women in your life!

Women's Wellness Resources:

  • Read About The Importance of Self Care

  • Top Strategies for Women's Health

  • Tips For Finding Balance

  • More Tips for Living a Low-Stress Lifestyle

  • Learn Great Home Spa Strategies

  • Comments
    May 19, 2013 at 11:54 pm
    (1) Thinking says:

    But the stress of having to maintain a “perfect” (and often boring) exercise routine, as well as the stress of having to worry constantly about dying of cancer, is unhealthy for some women. When I was 17 I was having anxiety attacks due to the media’s emphasis on how likely you are to die of cancer and how you have to have preventive screenings every single day. Eventually I learned how to talk back and say, “Wait a minute, who the hell are these people to tell me how to live my life and try to manipulate my emotions?”

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