By Sophia L. Thomas, DNP, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP
After more than a year of social distancing, lockdowns and social separation, it is time to reinvest in your health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 15% of adult women in the United States are in fair or poor health. In fact, nearly 80%of women put their own health needs last, behind children, pets, elders and spouses. It’s time to change that.
Today kicks off National Women’s Health Week, a time devoted to ensuring more women make their own health a priority. This year, celebrate by making your health a priority, and kickstart your personal recovery from COVID-19 by following these tips:
- Make an appointment with your local nurse practitioner for an annual checkup.
- Prioritize exercise and movement breaks.
- Eat healthy foods that you enjoy.
- Go to bed when you’re tired, and make sure you get enough sleep.
- Check in on your mental health, and ask for help if you need it.
- Avoid unhealthy things like smoking and excess drinking.
- Pause to meditate, relax and reboot when you need to.
Taking time for your health is good for you, your family and your community. National Women’s Health Week is a reminder that women need to put their health first, and not just for one day or week throughout the year, so start good habits this May that will last!