Simple health tips for women
It's a simple fact of life: Men and women are different. So, when it comes to taking care of your health, it only makes sense to factor in your gender. And, with so many women often pulled in multiple directions and facing high levels of stress, that includes caring for your mental health, as well.
Below are some important but simple health tips women can follow to safeguard their physical health, protect their mental health - and promote better overall health.
Women's preventive care
Stay current on women's preventive services. Routine tests can identify problems early when they may be easier to treat. Important preventive health screenings for women include:
- Blood pressure
- Bone density
- Cervical cancer
- Drop risky habits like smoking, excessive drinking and texting while driving
Women's emotional health
- Record your thoughts and feelings in a journal, including expressing gratitude and other positive self-thoughts.
- Build a support network that includes family, close friends and work colleagues.
- Help others by volunteering with a favorite charity or getting more involved in your local community.
- Focus on the moment by giving your full attention to people and activities.
Women's physical and mental health
If you've been falling behind in any of the areas below, consider what motivates you to be the healthiest version of you. Then, focus on the approach that works best for you, so you'll be more likely to stick with it.
- Maintain a healthy diet to nourish both your body and your brain, but don't forgo your favorite treats in moderation.
- Exercise (including cardio and weight-bearing) helps prevent osteoporosis and heart disease, and can also boost your mood.
- Get enough sleep. For help falling asleep, put your digital devices away and turn to calming activities a few hours before bedtime, like reading or listening to relaxing music.
- Reduce stress. Stress can negatively impact your health and even contribute to physical issues like heart disease. To help alleviate stress, start by identifying the triggers and situations that create the most stress in your life so you can create a plan to better manage them. Reach out to your support system or seek help with a mental health professional if you continue to feel overwhelmed.
Remember that getting regular checkups with your general physician and seeing specialists as needed - like gynecologists, dermatologists and mental health professionals - are key components of women's health care. You can use your CareCredit credit card for health screenings, lab work, doctor visits and medications at hundreds of thousands of healthcare providers and health-focused retailers nationwide.