Healthy Self-Care Checklist
We know it’s not always easy for women to take time to care for themselves. However, during National Women’s Health Week, it’s doctor’s orders. We’ve come up with some simple plans to help you get a little “me time,” with some of our favorite healthy self-care checklist items.
Get Up-to-Date on Vaccines
Taking care of your health means taking care of yourself. Many adults forget that vaccines aren’t just for kids. Your immunity as an adult can protect you, your young kids and your senior relatives. Check off the first item in your healthy self-care checklist by scheduling an appointment with your physician. Get a health screening and to get an update on your vaccinations. Your doctor may suggest that you receive:
- Any vaccines you did not receive as a child.
- A booster of tetanus/diphtheria vaccine.
- The HPV vaccine if under age 27.
- The shingles vaccine if over age 60.
A Women’s Care OB/GYN may be able to provide you with immunizations or vaccines at a scheduled appointment.
Make Time for a Mammogram
Most women don’t look forward to their mammograms, but it’s an important screening that could save your life. Breast cancer that is caught in the early stages with screenings has a 99 percent survival rate.
According to the US Preventive Services Task Force, all women between the ages of 50 and 74 should receive a mammogram once every two years. However, some women at high risk of breast cancer should receive their first mammogram at a younger age or may need more frequent mammograms. You might be at high risk if you have a family history of breast cancer. For instance, you have a mother, grandmother, and aunt who have all had breast cancer.
Your healthy self-care checklist is simply not complete without your annual screenings. If you want to learn more about breast cancer screenings, check out some helpful information from Women’s Care.
Check-In With Your Gynecologist
Your annual gynecological exam is a great way to let someone else take care of you. Your gynecologist wants to see you every year to check for signs of health conditions or provide care, including annual preventative exams, reproductive/contraceptive management, and treatment for menopause or other gynecologic conditions. During your exam, you can also ask any and all health questions you might have. Your doctor can help you with a lot of quality of life issues—weight loss, sex, PMS— no topic is out of bounds. Learn more about Women’s Care’s comprehensive gynecological program here.
Reward Yourself for Self-Caring
Once you’ve updated your vaccines, had your yearly mammogram and have seen your gynecologist, think about some other ways you can take care of your body and your mind. Why not try one of these healthy, self-care activities:
- A soothing massage to help you release stress, relax tense muscles and treat aches and pains
- A night out with some friends for mental-health-boosting social time
- Drinking a glass of red wine to improve your heart health
- Taking a hot bath to ease aches and pains
- A yoga class to lower your stress and ease back pain
- Go shopping with friends and walk a lap or two while you’re at the mall
No matter how you choose to celebrate National Women’s Health Week, what’s important is that you remember to take care of yourself and your health. If you aren’t sure how to improve your health or don’t know what preventive care services you need, please schedule an appointment with an OB/GYN or read this article we wrote about why you should take care of yourself this week.