To celebrate International Women’s Day being held on March 8th we thought it was a fantastic opportunity to pull together quick tips that our lovely local ladies can easily put into practice every day to help enhance their health and wellbeing.
1. Time for you
With life being so hectic, the majority of us put others first and often neglect or feel guilty about allowing ourselves as females much needed ‘me time’. Give yourself permission, allocate time to yourself and nurturing your health and wellness, this in turn will allow you to be the best version of you in whatever role/s you play, mum, wife, daughter, friend etc.
2. Don’t skip screening
90% of women who die from cervical cancer have not had regular cervical screening. Early detection by having a Cervical Screening Test is the best form of cervical cancer prevention. Are you up to date? If you are not sure if you are due for a screening or would like to book a cervical screen, please contact our team today.
3. Move more
Regular exercise benefits the body in many ways. Aside from its importance for weight control, exercise boosts energy levels, improves your mood, revs up your sex life and much more. So, take a walk, lift those weights or try that yoga class you’ve been curious about, and keep moving!
4. Enjoy more beauty sleep
On average, adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep per night for optimum health. However individual sleep needs vary and the best way to find out how much you need is to listen to your body — when you feel your best, how much sleep are you getting?
5. Learn to relax
It can be easier said than done but try your best to not let too much stress rob you of your physical and mental health. Relaxation techniques include listening to music, meditation, taking a walk and getting a massage can all help you to relax and as Elsa says in Frozen ‘let it go’!
By incorporating one or more of these relaxing activities into your day you are sure to feel calmer and more in control.
6. Quit smoking
If there’s one thing that will make the biggest difference in your overall health, this is it. If you smoke, it’s time to quit. It’s not easy, but it will change your life. Visit www.smokefree.gov for information and support. Your GP is here to help, please visit your doctor and they can support you in your quest to quit.
7. Be accountable
Your health and well-being is your responsibility. You cannot blame your general health on fast food restaurants, rainy days or a bad mood. Your choices, each and every one, determine how well you feel and how well you are.
8. Connect with others
Healthy relationships can reduce stress and increase better health. If you don’t have a strong social circle, meet people and re-connect with old friends. Remember, when it comes to connecting with others and maintaining relationships, think quality not quantity. Find people with similar interests and attitudes and who are positive and make you feel good to be around.
9. See your doctor
Helping you to keep on top of your physical and mental health is what your GP is there for. If you aren’t taking care of yourself then it is almost impossible for you to also care for the ones you love especially in the long term. So be kind to yourself and schedule those regular health checks that you have been putting off. Whether it is a cervical screening test or a skin check, schedule your appointments and enjoy peace of mind.
10. Eat a balanced diet
Nutrition and eating well can make a difference to the way you feel, and in-turn improves your overall health. Eating a balanced, wholesome diet can improve your mental and physical health.
So, enhance your health this International Women’s Day and enjoy your life to the fullest!