Women’s Health Month: Why Self-Care is So Important
Women take on any number of roles—professional, mother, best friend, athlete, confidante, you name it. But taking on so much responsibility, both physically and emotionally, makes it difficult for many women to remember to take care of themselves. At Doctor’s Best, we’ve always been sticklers for self-care, but this month—Women’s Health Month!—it feels extra important to have the reminder.
A 2019 study on self-care found that in one year, people spend just 0.01% of their time with a healthcare professional. That means it’s up to the individual (and friends and family) to navigate that health journey. But unlike a scheduled doctor’s appointment, not many of us make appointments for ourselves to keep tabs on our physical and emotional health. Ultimately, that self check-in can easily fall to the wayside and can lead to stress, which may snowball into metabolic disorders, autoimmune issues and other health concerns.
So while making the time for self-care may seem difficult at first, reaping its benefits is easy. That’s because self-care is personalized—you get to choose what brings you joy, reduces stress and offers a positive mental boost.
Here, we round up some ideas to inspire and motivate you to carve our that much-needed time:
Find a Creative Outlet
Painting, photography, singing, dancing—these can be satisfying activities that can feel like a much needed break from your everyday, provide a welcome challenge and help you develop new skills. And with plenty of online opportunities, it’s easy to be a student from the comfort of your own home.
Exercise with a Buddy
We all know the importance of moving our bodies daily, but pledging to do those sessions with a friend means built-in accountability. Whether it’s walking, a cardio class or a bike ride, there are plenty of ways to enjoy a calorie burn with a buddy. Bonus: Since it’s a workout and hangout in one, it’s also an efficient use of precious time.
Cook New Recipes
Bored of the same dinner routine? Look to blogs, cookbooks or your most chef-y friends for new meal ideas to help you flex your creativity. Whether you like to dice your veggies in silence or prefer to crank up the music, cooking can be a fun way to unwind after a long day. Focus on produce-heavy plates with whole grains and high-quality protein to maximize the nutrient potential.
Indulge in Skincare
There’s a reason so many of us love a spa day. It’s dedicated time to unplug and recharge. You can create your own at-home treatment with a soak in the tub, your favorite face mask and some dim lighting. (If possible, silence your phone!)
Meditate the Way That Works for You
Studies show that meditation reduces stress, pain, depression and anxiety. And keep in mind, there isn’t one way to meditate. If sitting still on a cushion doesn’t sound appealing, make it a walking meditation, observing smells, sights and sounds. Or if you want to double-up on your self-care, combine masking and meditation for a skin-boosting recharge.
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