We are selfless, hardworking, and generous. We are women. But sometimes we forget to take care of our own health amongst everyone else’s care.
Taking care of your body and mind allows you to live a full life. When your days are spent taking care of others, climbing the corporate ladder, or a combination of both, it can be easy to put your own health on the back burner. Avoid toxic behavior with these tips.
- Stretch, meditate, and exercise regularly
- Get outside
- Step away from sources of stress such as the news, social media, or certain relationships
- Drink lots of water and get plenty of sleep
- Unwind and spend time alone
- Connect with others and seek professional help such as therapy or a mentor
Please note: You can visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) if you have thought about suicide or harming yourself. Please visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline or call 1-800-799-7233 or TTY 1-800-787-3224 if you are struggling with domestic abuse.
A yearly checkup is important but making time for additional screenings can help catch a problem early on and potentially save your life. Do forget:
- Mammogram and breast cancer screening
- Cervical cancer screening
- Yearly pap smear
- Colon cancer screening
- Bone density screening
- Dental check-up
- Skin examination
Look for local agencies to assist with unemployment, food, and housing. SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) can assist with food benefits and many communities provide free meals from children through the school district or local library. Look into creating a household budget and talk with your utility providers about your financial situation and possible payment plans they might offer.
Your health is important. Schedule and keep yearly screenings with your doctors and discuss any new or troubling health issues.
The SCCAA Community Actions Pathway HUB is an available resource for pregnant and new mothers in need of support, education, and community services.