National Women’s Health Week & Why It’s Important for Moms

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Did you know that National Women’s Health Week kicks off on Mother’s Day every year? It sure does! This year National Women’s Health Week runs from May 9th to May 15th.

This is the perfect opportunity to remind women and girls of all ages of the importance of taking care of ourselves physically, and from the inside out.

Why should women, especially moms, need to take note of National Women’s Health Week?

For starters, women have different health concerns than men. And even though we may share common illnesses, the symptoms tend to present differently because of our physiology. Such as osteoporosis, menopause, PMS, pregnancy, and high blood pressure, just to name a few.

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Happiness starts with good health and your mindset.

Women who lead a healthier lifestyle have more energy to get through the day. They also approach life with more hope, clarity, and optimism. They are less stressed and experience lower levels of anxiety. When you feel good about yourself, your overall well-being and outlook improve too.

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Your self-care is necessary to be a great parent.

Self-care is a form of self-love, and as moms, we teach this concept to our kids. But like many lessons, children watch how we take action. So when children see their moms taking care of themselves, and making themselves a priority, children will be more inclined to adopt healthier habits. Taking preventative measures and leading a healthier lifestyle will help you stay active and be around longer!

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Whatever you do for yourself, you share with your family.

Healthy living is contagious! Living and eating well show others that they can do it too.  Your family benefits directly from you taking care of yourself.

As moms, we tend to push ourselves to the back of the line, instead of putting ourselves first.

You cannot give what you do not have and if you give from empty, you will not be able to sustain your giving.

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Here are 7 steps you can take to improve your health TODAY:

1. Exercise regularly in your home or outside your home, a minimum of 30 minutes a day

2. Eat healthy, well-balanced meals & snacks

3. Get enough sleep, this is where the magic happens!

4. Focus on your mental health, including managing stress & warding off anxiety.

5. Avoid risky behavior, such as distracted driving, excessive drinking, and not wearing a seat belt.

6. Visit a health care provider for a well-woman visit (checkup), preventive screenings, and vaccines.

7. Practice social distancing and protect yourself during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The main goal of National Women’s Health Week is to encourage and equip women to take control of their health.

By learning the facts, and communicating with your healthcare practitioner, together as a team you will make smarter health choices.

Every woman has her own approach, and we know that it is not always easy to take steps for improving health. On this National Women’s Health Week, find what works best for you and apply them to your daily lifestyle.

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Share with us!

To celebrate National Women’s Health Week use the following hashtags: #NWHW and #findyourhealth.  Also, tag us @miamimomcollective and let us know how you plan to take steps to help you live your best and healthiest version!

Please share with us in the comments below: Where are you on your health journey, and where do you want to go?

Let’s stay well together mamas! xo


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