By Sheryl Brooks, R.N., Women's Health Expert
As women, we are very good at taking care of others and getting things done. In observance of National Women’s Health Week how about bumping YOU to the top of the priority list this week and make time for some TLC (therapeutic lifestyle choices)?
Here are just few ideas for this week’s “to do list” for honoring the body, mind and spirit. Try to take a few minutes for one each day:
Since you can’t get much done in a day without moving, pamper your skeleton by including calcium rich foods in every meal and doing some balance exercises to prevent fall related fractures and strength training to keep my bones strong.
Thank your heart for beating 24/7 by making sure to exercise or treat yourself to a favorite fruit/vegetable smoothie. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. High blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, and obesity contribute to heart disease. If you don’t know if your numbers are in the healthy range, get them checked and get going on getting or keeping them there.
Consider attending a meditation class this week to move toward a more calm and peaceful mind and to improve medical conditions that are worsened by stress.
Make getting at least seven hours of sleep a night a priority. Don’t just wait for it to happen, make some choices to help your body sleep. Get some sunshine and exercise during the day, then turn down the light, turn off the screens and relax for an hour before your sleep time.
A healthy brain is one that remains curious and continues to learn new things. Since brains like laughter and time spent with friends, make some time for both.