Top Health Tips for Women in the Middle
You are the woman!
You are called on to overcome many challenges and obstacles each day.
Unfortunately, because of the responsibilities and commitments in life, it can sometimes be hard to find the time to care for yourself and your health! You wear many hats and juggle a lot of tasks throughout the day.
For this reason, neglecting your health is not an option. You always take care of everyone else: now you must lovingly take care of you and this includes health too. Leaving yourself as an option when everything and everyone else has what they need leaves you at the bottom with little to nothing left. I’ve listed some easy to do tips for you to learn some new things regarding your health and lovingly do for you what you lovingly do for others!!
Take a Chill Pill:
Life is stressful and if you aren’t careful the pressures of everyday tasks and responsibilities can have you tied in knots. You can begin to suffer from frequent headaches, stomach problems, trouble sleeping, and your blood pressure can shoot through the roof. That’s why it is imperative for you to learn some coping techniques to combat the tensions of everyday life. Practicing yoga, meditation and learning deep breathing techniques are all fantastic ways for you to relax and let go of stressors as they come on and to work through them at the moment.
Catch More Z’s:
Women are notorious for not getting enough rest. Many of us consider rest as a luxury for another time when the day’s obligations are completed. A restful sleep at least 6-8 hours helps to fight off diseases such as heart disease and helps to maintain weight.
Add Healthy Protein to Your Diet:
Make sure you eat enough foods that contain protein. Protein keeps your metabolism going, is energy sustaining and keeps your blood sugar levels stable. Some of the best sources of protein come from animals such as wild caught fish, grass-fed beef, organic chicken and free-range eggs. For those who are vegetarian and vegan plant-based proteins from legumes such as black beans, tofu, and whole grains are a healthy meatless option.
Becoming consistently active through movement as simple as walking, or bike riding on a daily or weekly level is an excellent way to beat stress, increase energy, rev up your metabolism. Exercise helps to fight off osteoporosis, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. Just getting started? Make this easy and simple to start. Walking is the easiest way. Do something you enjoy. Perhaps a beginners fitness class at a fitness center or the cardio or weights area are easy and fun ways to get started. Choose a realistic time and day (s) of the week that you know you are available and book these for you on your calendar!
Visit Your Health Care Provider Regularly:
Seeing your doctor on a regular basis allows your provider to keep track of your vitals such as cholesterol and blood pressure, mammogram and pap tests too! This information will give your provider better access to treatment should a health matter arise to use as a baseline.
Brush and Floss Your Teeth:
Keeping your pearly whites clean and flossed prevents and keeps not only your entire a mouth happy but can prevent other oral diseases and infections from affecting your major organs. Recently there has been a link discovered between gum disease and heart disease. So, grab your toothbrush and brush/floss!
Get Enough Vitamin D:
Vitamin D plays a vital role in preventing osteoporosis and keeping the immune system functioning properly. Vitamin D is critical in the role of calcium and phosphorous absorption. The 2010 RDA for those of us 1-70 is 600 international units per day ( IU) more if you live in a northern latitude climate where the sun’s rays are unable to produce adequate amounts of Vitamin D. Vitamin D comes from the sun! You can get Vitamin D from many brands of milk, orange juice, cereals, fatty fish such as salmon, trout, and tuna, mushrooms as well. Taking a Vitamin D supplement is also a common way.
Seek out the Positive and Learning in every day. Each of us has a choice to see and seek out what was good and what we learned in each day. Yes, some days this is super easy to do and others when it seems everything has gone wrong also have something to gain and grow by.
You are worth the love and care you pour into others and your career. My wish for you is for you to offer self care love back to you!
Abundantly Yours, Nancy