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Women’s health tips for physical and mental well-being

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 16% of women aged 18 and older in the United States are in fair to poor health. However, women are more likely to live longer than men, with a life expectancy of 80.5 years compared to 75.1 years for men. So how can we celebrate, encourage and support women’s lifelong physical and mental well-being?

It starts with encouraging women to make their physical and mental health a priority and recognizing that every woman has a unique approach that complements her lifestyle. The Office on Women's Health recommends women to connect with healthcare providers about concerns, eat heart-healthy, well-balanced diets to maintain a healthy weight and practice good sleep habits.

It can be intimidating and challenging to take the needed steps to achieve better health. Women should determine the practices that work best for them by reflecting on their health goals, what motivates them and what's holding them back from being their healthiest self.

Physical health resources for women

Check out the following resources from The Office on Women's Health for achieving physical health:

Supporting women’s mental health

As life events occur, it is especially important for women to prioritize mental well-being.  

Did you know that each year, one in five women in the United States struggles with a mental health problem such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder or an eating disorder? Additionally, stress is an especially sneaky culprit that can lead to high blood pressure, a contributor to two major health issues affecting women: heart attacks and strokes.

Check out the following wellness and relaxation tips from The Office on Women's Health for supporting mental health:

  • Schedule five minutes of quiet time before work to begin your day in a calm state of mind.

  • Plan for and enjoy a long, hot shower or bath once a week. Try using scented Epsom salts, candles and soothing music to create a relaxing experience.

  • Start documenting five things you're grateful for each day or a few days each week. They can be simple things like sunshine or a favorite coffee mug.

  • Stay hydrated. Try to drink at least half your body weight of water in ounces each day.

  • Ask for help or a break when needed. Talk to a partner, friend or neighbor about your feelings and needs, and check out available mental health resources.

Health is a lifelong journey that is personal and unique to each individual. Learn more about how you can improve your health and well-being — from how to get better sleep to the key health screenings everyone should consider.

 

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