Get a Ph.D. in Your Body
October is breast cancer awareness month. However, women's health involves more than our breasts. Women have unique health issues, such as pregnancy and menopause.
Did you know that women are more likely to be diagnosed with certain diseases than men? Chronic disease and conditions such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes are the leading causes of death for women (www.ncsl.org). More women die of a stroke each year, even though the stroke rate among men is higher (www.hopkinsmedicine.org).
Three years ago, I started my journey to better health. My parents died considerably early in their lives. I had some friends who were experiencing some health challenges. Each one of these playing a role in my quest to live a healthier lifestyle.
Part of living a healthier lifestyle is advocating for your health. I have seen far too many people with multiple health issues on numerous medications with no one advocating for them including themselves. Your health is a precious asset, and the only one who truly cares about you is YOU!
As a woman, you must advocate for your health. Women who advocate for their health have the power to transform their lives and change the course of their health. Part of advocating for your health is taking responsibility for how you take care of yourself and your body.
Here are four steps to take care of yourself and your body and be your own advocate.
Eat right & Exercise: While this one is the simplest, it is the one most of us struggle with doing. There is so much information out there about what kind of food to eat that it can become overwhelming. Find what works for you and do that.
Be mindful of the food that you put in your mouth and how it affects your body. For example, in this season of my life, any form of corn causes me to bloat. So, I don't eat corn anymore.
Exercise is also important. It doesn't have to be an extended stay at the gym to get the health benefits. Go for a walk, ride a bike, do something that gets your heart rate moving and do it. Move your body for 30 minutes.
This is not my area of expertise; however, my friend Cara Price has a lot of great information about how to nourish your body and soul on her site with a lot of great recipes.
Reduce Stress: We live in a time where we are continually feeling the stressors of life. Jobs, family, school, side hustles, etc. the list goes on. When you live a life over-stressed, it impacts your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
Find some activities that allow you the opportunity to release some stress. Take a walk, or learn something new like drawing or painting. Unplug from your phone and spend some time reading or journaling.
Make those doctors' appointments: Ignorance is not bliss. I know of several people who bury their heads in the sand when it comes to their health. They would rather not know.
Be intentional with your health. Make those appointments and do what you need to do to advocate for yourself. If you don't feel like you are getting the attention you deserve, say something. If you've got questions, ask them. Take time before your appointment to write them down so you don't forget.
Get a Ph.D. in your body: Know your body. Become self-aware about how your body responds to the food you put in your mouth. How does it tolerate alcohol? How much sleep do you need to feel refreshed in the mornings? Know how your body responds to medications. You are the expert in YOU!
The key here is to take your health in your hands. Advocate for yourself and treat yourself well.
If you know someone who could benefit I would appreciate it if you shared it with her.
Make today amazing because you are amazing!
In grace & gratitude,