As a woman, you definitely know how important it is to maintain good mental, physical and emotional health. However, it’s not always easy to figure out how to do it or start no matter how strong your urge to get there is.
That’s where I come in.
If you’ve been wondering how to better yourself as a woman in 2021, here’re the five things you need to keep in mind.
We all want to look and feel fit and healthy. Of course, if you want to improve your blood pressure, weight level, chronic or acute physical health conditions, and your mental health in general, you need to prioritize exercise. It’s also one of the best ways to keep yourself from developing new health problems.
Unfortunately, many of us who make it a goal to move more and exercise more never achieve it.
In 2021, set aside some time to engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate to intense exercises- depending on your level of fitness and experience. If you’re already exercising, find ways to improve or take your routine to another level for better results.
Financial management is another area many women are still struggling with, and chances are you too need to improve on it. While there are many obvious ways of boosting how you manage your finances, one of the most important things you can do is develop a habit of saving first and spending later.
When you receive money from whatever source, consider putting a part of it away before paying for your current expenses. Of course, you should also have a specific goal in mind while saving. Is there an asset you want to acquire? Do you want to invest? Think about something you can achieve with money and work towards it by saving meticulously. Saving is one of the easiest ways to achieve financial freedom.
Similarly, save for emergencies or unforeseen costs to keep yourself from experiencing serious problems when you experience financial shocks. This would also go a long way towards giving you peace of mind and confidence to focus on other things.
If you’ve not been getting your annual health checkups, then you need to include them on your list of important things to do this year. It doesn’t matter whether you have a health problem; these health checks are still important as they can help you identify issues early enough and give you some peace of mind, according to Harvard Health Publishing.
During a standard appointment, some of the areas a health professional would check are your blood pressure, weight, as well as the condition of your breasts, pelvic, and cervix.
There are great health centers that can offer you quality checkups all over the country. It’s more convenient to schedule your appointments at the same location and at the same time. For instance, if you live in Virginia, it would be a good idea to have your tests done at VA women's center at a very specific period of the year.
Smoking and Excessive Drinking
Excessive smoking and drinking increase the risk of health problems tremendously. Cancer, osteoporosis, neurodegenerative disorders, arthritis, and depression are just a few examples of the conditions that smokers and heavy drinkers usually experience.
If you’re one of those people who need to tone down their smoking and drinking habits, let 2021 be the year you become successful at it. I would highly recommend you visit a good health center to access great resources to help you make good progress fast.
Although this sounds obvious, you need to pay more attention to what you’re eating to improve your health in 2021. Remember that healthy eating doesn’t mean following one of the popular diets or eating bland foods. You already know what healthy eating means; you know the kinds of foods that are harmful to your health, and those that are good and healthy.
Bad foods are often processed foods, such as sugar or fat-laden junk foods. Good foods are organic, whole foods, such as unprocessed vegetables, wholemeal bread, freshly squeezed juices, and fresh fruits.
As you try to shift toward healthy dieting, going cold turkey is not recommended. If you’re used to eating a lot of processed foods, it’s important to eliminate and replace them with healthy food options gradually until you’re satisfied with the new diet. Making sudden diet changes can lead to serious cravings and other discouraging effects that may make it difficult for you to stick to your new diet.
There are many ways you can improve yourself as a woman this year. However, for great results, start with your physical activity, diet, finances, annual checkups, and smoking and drinking habits.
Regina Thomas is a Southern California native who spends her time as a freelance writer and loves cooking at home when she can find the time. Regina loves reading, music, hanging with her friends and family along with her Golden Retriever, Sadie. She loves adventure and living every day to the fullest.