How Can You Improve Your Health this Women’s Health Week?
Every year, National Women’s Health Week starts on Mother’s Day. I use Mother’s Day to say thank you to my mom and show her how much I love her! National Women’s Health Week is another way to celebrate women around the United States by empowering them to make health a priority in their lives.
Here are some steps you and your loved ones can take to improve your wellness this Women’s Health Week. If you have cancer, make sure to check with your health care team before implementing any changes to your diet or exercise regimen. They can help you choose which exercises are best for you, according to your body.
- Follow General Safety Measures
You should wear sunscreen every day, and get check-ups regularly. At these check-ups, it’s important to get the preventative screenings you need – talk to your doctor!
Here at CSC, we also recommend making lists before heading to the doctor. This way, you know exactly what to ask your health care team and you won’t forget something important. You’ll also feel more comfortable and organized during important conversations with your doctor.
- Take Care of Yourself
Eat a healthy diet to help your body fight cancer. This will keep your body strong and your immune system working! It’s also important to get enough sleep, but many people impacted by cancer have trouble sleeping. Go online to our blog post about how to overcome sleepless nights after cancer for more tips! You can also check out our webinar called Managing Sleep Health for more information.
Try to exercise, even if it feels impossible during treatment. It can be as short as a 5 minute walk. Exercise can help with your long-term recovery and reduce feelings of fatigue. CSC has many resources about the benefits of exercise for cancer patients. CSC Affiliates also offer strength and flexibility classes, like yoga and Tai chi. Again, be sure to talk to your health care team about what exercises are best for you.
- Don’t Forget About Mental Health
For people who are stressed, it’s important to find appropriate ways to cope. Especially if you’re dealing with cancer, your stress levels may have spiked. CSC has some great resources to help you cope with the increased levels of stress after a cancer diagnosis.
CSC also focuses on the positive impacts of community and psychosocial care on cancer patients. We care about mental health and have many resources to help everyone touched by cancer. You can also speak to a licensed mental health professional on our Helpline.
Prioritize your health this May and encourage your moms, sisters, grandmothers, and friends to do so too. Check out the Office on Women’s Health’s website for more information about National Women’s Health Week.
Happy National Women’s Health Week!