Taking Charge... Of Your Health
As women, we’re always being told to reach for the stars and become who we want to be. From studying hard at school, being a fantastic parent to bossing it at work - we’re always striving to make our mark and be the best.
It’s great to have ambition and determination to succeed, but could your health be the sacrifice? While you might be going out there and taking charge in other areas of your life, perhaps it’s time you took a step back to put your health first.
Get enough sleep
The US National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep a night - is that a figure that reflects your sleep habits? If you’re trying to juggle work, family and your social life - chances are you’re not getting what you need. Set yourself a challenge to sleep more by getting into bed an hour earlier - you’ll be surprised at how much more refreshed you feel when you start increasing the amount you sleep.
Stress is something that can occur easily, especially if you’re facing many commitments at once. Rather than letting it all get on top of you, find ways to manage your stress instead. Meditation and yoga, practising your hobbies and talking your problems through can all help you to relax and feel better equipped to handle stress. In some cases, it might be better for you to remove yourself from a stressful situation, particularly when it comes to work or a difficult relationship.
Take care of your sexual health
Your sexual health is important, and as women become more and more comfortable discussing their sexuality, it’s important that you make your sexual health a priority. There are many countries in the world where a woman is denied this right, so make sure that you take full advantage of the services on offer. Family planning associations including fpachicago.com can help you with birth control, pregnancy, STI screening and more, allowing you to be in charge of your sexual health. Ignoring problems or leaving your health at the bottom of your priorities list will not bode well for your future, so make sure you give it the attention it deserves.
Many people find that they are ‘too busy for exercise’. However, it’s this sort of thinking that could be preventing you from living to your full potential. Exercise can help improve your concentration, boost your energy levels while also keeping the weight off. Did you know that exercise is also an effective anti-ageing solution? Spending some time running or at the gym a few times a week could help you notice a drastically positive change in your health, and leave you feeling fit and strong for whatever life throws at you.
While you might have many other things going on in your life, you’re doing yourself an injustice by ignoring your health. Start taking care of yourself so that you can set out to achieve all the things you want to achieve, and be truly the best you that you can be.