From one woman to another (a doctor's perspective)!
September 30 is National Women’s Health and Fitness Day. I wanted to take this opportunity to honor all the wonderful women out there! Women (myself included) often tend to put our physical and mental health on the back burner while caring for others. As a result, women are easily susceptible to auto-immune diseases, chronic diseases, and mood disorders. Please slow down from the madness of your day and take 5 minutes to re-evaluate your health and wellness. Here are some pearls to help keep your health and wellness under check: 1. Develop a self-care regimen that extends beyond the occasional mani-pedi or massages. Invest time and energy in yourself by scheduling activities that feed your soul. For example, I love journaling, short meditations, and mind-body exercises such as yoga and Pilates. 2. Make your physical health a priority and work out with moderate-intensity aerobic exercise for at least 30 minutes, five days a week. Regular exercise can reduce your risk of cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attacks and strokes. 3. Make sure your health and wellness are under check by consulting with your primary care doctor. It is essential to work on risk factors early on to prevent them from becoming full-blown diseases at a later stage in life. 4. Ensure you get your preventative screenings, such as mammograms, pap smears, screening for osteoporosis...etc. Here, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. 5. Try to eat whole foods whenever you can, while avoiding processed foods. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Drink at least 2 L of water daily. 6. Try not to indulge in alcohol for relaxation. Instead, try some green tea or ginger-turmeric latte. I will soon make a video on how to make the latte at home. So stay tuned. 7. Learn to say “No” to the things that do not serve you, your family, or your goals. 8. Delegate the non-essential stuff that does not need to be done by you. Use that freed up time to nourish your body and spirit. You do not need to do it all. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about my primary care practice or would like to set up a complimentary Meet and Greet to learn if my practice is a good fit for your needs! I provide primary care that focuses on the overall wellness of my patients by providing them with hassle-free appointments and the time that they deserve.