5 things every woman should do for her health
Tips for women to manage their health
Lite n’ Easy dietitian, Ashleigh Jones shares 5 tips every woman can use to manage her health.
This week is Women’s Health Week, and it’s an important reminder for all the mums, sisters, daughters and wives to take control of their health.
Many women give so much of their time and energy to work, family, and the stress of daily responsibilities that they can often lose sight of their own needs and neglect their mental and physical health.
1. Prioritise your nutrition
Everyone can benefit from a healthy diet, but all too often, women focus on providing healthy meals for their family without doing the same for themselves. Women with young children or carer responsibilities are particularly likely to prepare a nutritious meal for their dependants. But, will wind up too exhausted to manage more than cheese on toast for themselves. Have a look at our time saving hacks to give yourself a bit more breathing room, or look into prepared meals so that your nutrition is sorted out for you!
2. Get heart smart
Heart disease is a leading cause of death in Australian women, and is particularly prevalent in women over the age of 45 and during pregnancy. Heart disease is largely under-recognised and under-diagnosed in women and can present differently than in men. The heart attack symptoms we typically read about are chest pain and discomfort and are more common in men. However, women are more likely to experience a different range of symptoms, including:
- Pain in the back, neck, jaw, or throat
- Nausea (feeling sick to the stomach)
- Extreme fatigue (tiredness)
- Problems breathing (shortness of breath)
Prompt diagnosis and treatment is crucial for surviving and recovering from a heart attack, so knowing these symptoms could save a life! Women are also more likely than men to experience “silent heart attacks”, which are heart attacks that do not have symptoms, which is why regular health checks are crucial for all women.
3. Make a date… with your health care team!
Many women in Australia have been missing their regular health checks due to COVID-19. Pap smears, mammograms and heart health checks are all essential for the early detection of life-threatening conditions such as cervical cancer, breast cancer and heart disease which disproportionately affect women. Detecting these conditions early is essential for survival and recovery! While it can still be hard to make it into a clinic, most GPs and many allied health professionals are offering telehealth or remote appointments, and have COVID-safe arrangements where face-to-face appointments are necessary.
4. Make exercise manageable
Whether it’s a gruelling cross-fit workout or a brisk walk in the park, exercise is important for our mental health as well as our cardiovascular and bone health. However, pelvic health issues and incontinence are all too common after pregnancy and can be major barriers for women trying to participate in exercise. What many women do not realise is that help is available! And there are specially trained women’s health physiotherapists who can get you laughing, sneezing and jumping with confidence! Chat with your GP about where to find a women’s health physiotherapist in your area.
5. Pay attention to your mental health
Mental health, while often overlooked, is just as important as our physical health, particularly during the current health crisis. Many women struggle to make time to look after their mental health, whether it’s a bit of “me time” or an appointment with a mental health professional. But the fact is, getting your mental health in order means you can be a better partner, parent, employee and friend. It is also going to make it easier for you to put your healthy eating and exercise plans into action. So book a bit of “me time” into your calendar and make it happen!
How can Lite n’ Easy help?
Lite n’ Easy offers a variety of healthy meal plans on our chef-inspired seasonal menu, backed by expert dietitians. Enjoy the convenience of delicious, healthy meals delivered to your door.