The 18th Annual National Women’s Health Week is May 14-20, 2017. Beginning every year on Mother’s Day and led by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Women’s Health, the week brings awareness to a very important topic. It’s not uncommon for women to spend most of their time and energy taking care of the people around them, and therefore neglect or disregard their own needs. The goal of Women’s Health Week is to empower women to prioritize their own health and wellbeing and to take action for improvement.
Here are some recommended steps women can take during Women’s Health Week – or any time during the year:
- Schedule a well-woman check-up or preventive screenings. Stay up-to-date on vaccinations and review your prescription or over-the-counter medication usage.
- Understand your family health history and assess your risk for certain conditions, especially cancer.
- Get moving with at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day.
- Choose healthy food options. If overweight or obese, commit to reach and maintain a healthy weight with a doctor-approved weight loss and fitness plan.
- Avoid unhealthy behaviors such as smoking, excess alcohol consumption, or texting while driving.
- Pay attention to your mental health.
Mental Health Matters
Each year, one in five women experiences a mental health issue such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, or eating disorder. Mental health is a critical component of overall health, and the connection between mental health and physical health cannot be emphasized enough. It’s important to get enough sleep and manage stress in healthy ways. Take time for yourself and do things that you enjoy.
Learn more about the connection between stress and your health.
Contact a mental health professional if you’re experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, or other mental health concerns. Calli Institute offers individual therapy services to address a vast number of mental health and wellbeing issues, many of which affect physical health.
No matter your age or your current health level, it’s never too late to take steps toward a healthier you. Take time during this year’s National Women’s Health Week to focus on yourself and prioritize your health. Contact Calli Institute today to see how we can help.