What are some strategies that women can use to put their health higher on their priority list?

Women often serve as the caregiver of their families. They tend to put the needs of their partners, children and other family members before their own, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Because of this, a woman’s health and well-being often get overlooked as she focuses on other people’s needs.

Tips to Prioritize Your Health

Here are a few ideas to help you prioritize your health:

  • Mark your calendar – Schedule time in your calendar for exercise, doctor’s appointments and even for downtime/alone time – just like you would schedule time for all the other important things in your life.
  • Follow through – Don’t skip an appointment with yourself or for yourself.
  • Plan ahead and don’t overbook – Schedule your personal needs far enough in advance that you’ll know you’re already busy if an additional responsibility is asked of you. The PTA might need another volunteer, but don’t ignore your own needs to meet someone else’s.
  • Ask for help – Don’t feel bad to ask for help managing some of your responsibilities in order to make time for your health.

It is important for women to be fit, healthy and well rested. The better health a woman is in, the more she will have to give to those she cares for.

For more tips about what you can do to put your health higher on your priority list, talk to your physician.

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