Habits of the Healthy Woman
No Doubt About It, Women Are Busy Bodies!
We juggle a variety of different roles from employee to mother and somehow, we find the time to do it all. Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of it all, we may find that our health takes the backseat. It may start off small like forgetting to eat breakfast in the mornings and then lead to more pronounced health conditions over time. Here are some healthy habits to commit to starting today:
Skipping the most important meal of the day that also jumpstarts your metabolism is a non-negotiable. Consider breakfast the first kind thing you do for yourself and a way to transition from being asleep to starting a productive day. Think about all the many tasks you do in the mornings and then think about the fuel necessary to accomplish those tasks. Eating breakfast gives you the energy to make things happen. And while sugary breakfast pastries may seem like a tasty option, it’s basically like putting the lowest level of fuel in your brand-new luxury car. Opt for healthier options like fruit, whole grain toast, or yogurt.
While sleep may not be easy to come by, practicing sleep hygiene skills can improve the quantity and quality of your sleep. Things like making sure your room is comfortable and dark, avoiding blue light emitting electronics a few hours before bed, and limiting your caffeine after 5 pm can really make a difference in your sleep. Setting boundaries with friends, family, and work is also crucial to allowing yourself ample time to sleep. Giving your body and mind the rest it needs will ensure better decision making, better focus, and time for rejuvenation and recharging.
Avoid Comparisons & Judgements
A surefire way to become less happy and satisfied in your life is to compare yourself with another woman. Whether it’s their waist size or their wardrobe, there’s an endless amount of comparisons that can be made. Oftentimes with accomplished women, we only see what they’ve achieved but fail to see the challenges, struggles, setbacks, and failures that eventually led them to where they are today. It’s like looking at an iceberg, we see what’s showing above the water, but below the water there’s usually a hidden mass. We compare ourselves to what’s visible but not to what lies below. Remember that everyone has their own unique path.
Make Exercise a Routine
Healthy women find ways to make exercise interesting and engaging. Whether it’s trying a new routine or checking out a class they’ve never done before, they find something that works for them and their body type. They recognize that fitness is not a one size fits all. Find an exercise routine that both energizes and challenges you.
Jessica Young LCSW, MSW
“Health is wealth”, a mantra Jessica’s mother regularly repeated throughout her childhood. Jessica values achieving balance and wholeness in both arenas of mental and physical health. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a practicing mental health therapist, Jessica promotes healthy living, self-care, mindfulness, and above all, kindness towards self.