Self-Care Tips for Women
Ladies, when is that last time you treated yourself to a little TLC? Many OB-GYNs encourage women to take a little more “me time” for both your mind and body. Treat yourself to some of these self-care tips for women that both prevent disease and boost your wellbeing.
In part one of this blog post series, we provide information about why women should take time out of their schedules to take care of their body and minds. In part two, we will give you prevention tips on how to lead a healthier life. Take some time out of the week or month to treat yourself with healthy activities. Taking some of these self-care tips for women into consideration can help you learn how to value yourself as a woman.
Women Care So Much for Others
Multiple studies show that women are more likely to spend time caring for others—sometimes at the cost of giving care to themselves.
- A 2011 University of Michigan study showed that women are 2.5 times more likely than men to lose sleep in order to care of others.
- According to the AARP, 66 percent of all caregivers for seniors are women. Twenty-five percent of these women face health issues due to caregiving while 21 percent have fewer mammograms than women who are not caregivers.
- In a Kaiser Family Foundation survey, 39 percent of women responded that they were solely responsible for missing work to take care of a sick child while only 3 percent of men said the same.
You care so much for others; it’s vital that you treat yourself the same way. Many women see self-care as selfish; however, in many cases it’s simply showing yourself the same consideration you would show to your partner or children.
Self-Care Comes in Many Forms
The term self-care can be a little confusing because it has come to mean so many things, from spending time on your own to taking the lead on managing your diabetes. The main goal of all self-care, however, is to increase your health and happiness.
This week you can take part in a variety of self-care activities that should be incorporated into your normal routine. These activities include:
- Visiting your doctor for health screenings like mammograms, colonoscopies or physical exams
- Getting enough sleep
- Going on long walks by yourself or with friends
- Talking with your closest friends about how you are feeling
- Eating a healthy diet
- Taking a yoga class
- Doing an activity you love
- Enjoying a long bath
Self-Care Offers Women’s Health Benefits
Every woman will have different self-care needs, but all of these activities can have positive benefits on your physical and mental health. Women who regularly take time to care for themselves may see benefits such as:
- Lowered stress levels
- Better physical fitness
- Lower body mass index
- Reduced risk for heart disease, cancer, depression, and other chronic health conditions
Self-care activities are so beneficial because they are often the preventive care strategies your doctor suggests. National Women’s Health Week is the perfect time to take part in these activities, not only because your doctor advises it, but because you deserve a little time to treat—and love—yourself.
If you aren’t sure how to treat yourself, read part II of this feature where we look at doctor-approved self-care plans or schedule an appointment with an OB-GYN to learn about the preventive care services you need.