September 2-6 is Women’s Health Week all across Australia. To make 2019 your best yet, here are five ways you can better take care of yourself and your wellbeing.
This article is produced in partnership with Besins Healthcare as an educational service.
September 2-6 is Women’s Health Week across Australia. It is a time for women to put their health first and to make some positive lifestyle changes that will last a lifetime.
It’s understandable how some women feel they don’t have time to think about their health. According to Women’s Health Week, the two biggest barriers for women not maintaining a healthy lifestyle are “lack of time” and “health not being a priority.”
It is these two things that Women’s Health Week aims to shift. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to women’s health, started the first Women’s Health Week in 2013 to empower women to take control of their health. The campaign, now in its 7th year, has gone from strength to strength with 85,000 women participants and 2,100 events last year and it continues to rally women and their communities in 2019.
The theme this year is “Women’s health. Powerful stuff.” and each day during this Women’s Health Week is dedicated to different ways to keep healthy. Here are five things women can do to take care of themselves and their overall wellbeing.
The first thing that women can do to be on top of their health is to exercise. It is not only beneficial to physical health- such as reducing the risk of chronic diseases- but also for mental health. Lack of time shouldn’t be a reason not to exercise because three 10-minute bouts of physical activity is enough to gain health benefits.
The bladder and the gut don’t always get a lot of attention until people get older. As women age, bladder changes occur, often without them being noticed. Simple changes can be done to strengthen the bladder such as drinking plenty of water and doing pelvic floor exercises. To promote healthier digestion, eating whole grains, leafy greens, and lean protein is key.
Reproductive health is an important aspect that women should learn about. Some women might be ready to start a family, or some might just want a bit more information to have on hand for when the time is right. Or perhaps they are keen to learn more about the kinds of contraceptive choices available or even just want some help understanding hormones and the effect they have. Whatever the issue, getting the right advice and support from a trusted GP or OB-GYN is essential.
Chest health is about taking care of your heart and breast. One of the leading causes of death among Australians is coronary heart disease and, for those who are 25-64 years old, breast cancer is the top 5 culprit. Steps to prevent heart disease include quitting smoking and drinking alcohol in moderation. If you’re a woman between 50-74 years old, you are invited by BreastScreen Australia to get a free mammogram. Keep in mind that early detection gives you a better chance at beating cancer, so be proactive! Call 13 20 50 today.
‘Mastering your mind’
Our body is only as good as our mind. Creating good relationships—be it with family, friends, workmates, or the community and developing gratitude by focussing on the positive things each day can be beneficial to mental health. Some resources available on the internet are headspace and Beyond Blue, and they are there to support both Australian men and women suffering from depression, anxiety, exhaustion or loneliness.
Whether young or old, raising kids or focussing on a career, all women deserve to make health a priority. Women’s Health Week is about making sure that ALL women put their health first for the good of themselves and their wider communities.