National Women’s Health Week
National Women’s Health Week is meant to be a reminder for women to do whatever they can to improve their health. Focusing on health for this week each year is intended to help women make taking care of themselves a priority. The United States Department of Health & Human Services is the leader of this annual week for women to focus on healthier habits.
This year National Health Week starts on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13 and continues through May 19. It’s the 19th year for this annual event.
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Taking Steps Toward Better Health
The goal is to spend National Health Week taking steps toward better health. There are plenty of small changes you can make for both your mental and physical health that can make a big difference in your life. Here are some ideas for moving toward improved health:
- Get more active. Take up a new sport, or commit to walking, jogging, biking or swimming each day.
- Focus on your diet and whether you are eating nutrient-rich foods or consuming a lot of empty calories. Make a commitment to making healthier choices.
- Make an appointment for a well-woman checkup including any screenings that may not be up-to-date.
- Make changes to improve your mental health if needed. Find ways to reduce stress, get sufficient sleep and ask for help if you are feeling overwhelmed. See your doctor if stress or feelings of sadness and hopelessness are getting out of control.
- Break any bad habits you have that could be damaging your health, including smoking, drinking too much or driving without a seatbelt. Your doctor can give you tools and resources to support you as you try to discontinue unhealthy behaviors.
The Office on Women’s Health has quite a few more tips based on your decade of life. See what is suggested whether you are in your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s or beyond. It’s never too late or too early to make healthier choices.
Ways to Participate During National Women’s Health Week
The most important way to participate is to do whatever you can to make healthier changes in your own life. Social media is a great way to share the efforts you are making to improve your health. Use hashtag #NWHW.
Another way of joining the conversation is by sharing what you wish you had known about being healthy at various ages of your life. Think about what health advice you wish you could share with your younger self and share it on social media using hashtag #WhatIWishIdKnown. Share valuable tips you have learned and inspire others to learn from any missteps you may have made regarding your health.
Easy Ways to Inspire Health Among Friends and Coworkers
Even if you will be at work during National Women’s Health Week, it doesn’t mean you can’t participate. Start a health challenge with your coworkers such as a step challenge or a challenge to track what you’re eating or how much water you’re drinking.
Suggest a healthy potluck or a lunchtime walk. See if you can have a local yoga or aerobics teacher visit your place of employment for a lesson.
Remember to Improve Your Mental Health
During National Women’s Health Week, think about how healthy you are mentally. Practices such as meditation and yoga can be very centering and are great ways to lower your stress level.
If you have been struggling with feelings of depression or anxiety, or if you think you might have a problem with drinking too much, it’s time to stop putting off doing something about it. See your doctor about mental health or substance abuse challenges so you can start to get better mentally as well as physically.
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Since 2004, Lori has worked with the behavioral health treatment community to bring awareness about mental health disorders and evidence-based treatments. Lori strives to help people better understand mental illness and provide support to those needing help and their families. As a mental health advocate, Lori works to be a voice for those suffering from borderline personality disorder, depression, anxiety, trauma, or any other disorder.