National Women’s Health Week begins every year on Mother’s Day to remind women and girls to make their own health a priority and take care of themselves. Especially during this time of COVID-19, it is so important for all women and girls, especially those with underlying health conditions like hypertension, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular and respiratory conditions, to take care of our health now.
Regular doctor’s visits are an important way to maintain our health. Call your health care provider to set up a telehealth appointment if you are concerned that you might have COVID-19; if stress is getting in the way of your daily activities; or if you have a health condition, such as asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure or obesity, so you can develop or check in on a plan to keep it under control.
Remember to take care of your body and your mind:
- Move your body both inside and outside your home. Moderate physical activity is great for your heart, your immune system, and your mental health.
- Eat heart-healthy, well-balanced meals and snacks.
- Take care of yourself by staying connected with family and friends.
- Find healthy ways to manage stress.
- Practice good sleep habits to improve your mental and physical health, and boost your immune system. Follow a routine for going to sleep — be consistent going to bed and getting up — even if you don’t have to commute to work right now. Try to get at least seven hours of sleep.
- Look out for your lungs. Try to quit smoking and vaping. Smoking weakens your lungs and puts you at a much higher risk of having serious complications.
- Slow and stop the spread of COVID-19 while protecting yourself. You know the drill. Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face. Stay at least six feet away from others. Wear a cloth face covering if you go in public like to a grocery store or to the park.
It’s not always easy to take steps for better health, and we each have our own approach. The key is to find what works for you. Reflect on your health goals, what motivates you, and what’s holding you back from being your healthiest you. The Office of Women’s Health has an online tool to uncover personalized tips to help you take the next step on your health journey.
Remember to practice compassion toward yourself. Think about your own health in a supportive and nonjudgmental way. This National Women’s Health Week, whether you are focused on getting regular physical activity, eating healthier, or managing your stress, support others by sharing how you #FindYourHealth on social media. Follow the hashtag to find inspiration from others!
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