Maintaining optimal health gives us the freedom and power to achieve our goals, empower/ support those around us and live our most vibrant lives! For women, the tools we need to maintain health should be kept in the forefront of our minds, and small adjustments should be made as we transition through different life stages.
Our 4 top tips for Women’s Wellness:
- Social health:
Maintaining a supportive friendship group is even more important for women than it is for men! If we think about stressful periods in our lives, we tend to look for a girlfriend to lend an ear in order for us to feel better! Whereas men often look for different solutions (a lot of this comes down to hormones, but we won’t bore you with the details). In fact, studies have shown that women undergoing breast cancer treatment were 4 times more likely to survive if they had a strong, supportive circle of friends, and those who did significantly outlived their socially isolated counterparts. Further research has shown that the more friends women have, the less likely they are to develop chronic illnesses as they age, and that loneliness is just as detrimental to our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day! Moral of the story; invest time and love into your current friendships and never turn down an opportunity for supportive new friends.
- Eat well:
This point is important for everyone, especially women! Focusing on eating a wide variety of fresh, colorful vegetables, nuts and seeds and legumes helps us to keep our hormones, energy and skin in balance. For further hormone balancing and liver boosting benefits (essential for women of all ages, particularly those going through hormonal changes such as puberty, PMS and menopause), be sure to consume at least 1 serve (1/2-1 cup) of cruciferous vegetables daily: broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, bok choy, rocket, kale, Brussel sprouts and collard greens.
It’s estimated that over 65% of women are put off exercise for fear of what others will think… Let’s empower ourselves and all women to challenge traditional gender roles (sporty and active as male traits) by being more physically active, no matter what level we do it at! Physical activity not only helps to maintain a healthy body weight and muscle mass, it also helps to manage stress, boost mood, enhance memory and cognition, support digestion and skin health, and enhance self-love ♡. You may like to join a social sport team, a gym, swim laps at your local pool or organize regular walks with family or friends, whatever brings you most joy. As we get older weight bearing exercise (such as walking and light weights) is protective against the development of osteoporosis and other chronic illnesses!
- Relaxing and reconnecting:
‘Remember to take care of yourself. You can’t pour from an empty cup’. To be able to keep up with our busy lives (work, friends, family, whatever it may be) and perform at our best, we must first take care of ourselves! Regularly schedule time to invest in your own wellbeing; meditate, take a calming walk, a hot bath, get a massage, meditate, practice yoga, take up a craft, whatever it may be that allows you to feel relaxed and re-energized at the same time!