Inside Scoop: Realistic health tips for women to stress less and take better care of themselves.
This post was submitted by Sophia Smith, beauty and style blogger, an eco-lifestyle lover, graphic designer and a DIY enthusiast. .
Katherine Schafler, NYC-based psychotherapist wrote an incredibly insightful article as to why millennial women are under so much stress and two times more prone to depression than even men of their own generation. You see, millennial women are highly driven, whether in their pursuit of career goals, job hunting, education, networking, social life as well as romantic relationships.
We seem to want it all, and in many cases, we do a darn good job at achieving it, but it comes at a price. That price is of course, risking both our mental and physical health, which mainly suffer due to enormous amounts of stress – the trigger for everything that can go wrong in our bodies and minds.
We lead fast-paced and hectic lives, and some of us do 48-hours’ worth of work in a time span of 24 hours. We don’t just deserve a breather, we desperately need one. If you’re a millennial woman and you have found yourself in this description, you definitely need to stop and focus on your self-care way more than you’re doing now.
So, let’s take it one step at a time and see if we can bring your health to the same or better level than your career and life are. Here are my top health tips for women to take better care of themselves.
Best Health Tips for Women To Practice More Self-Care
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST
As Schafler emphasizes, not only do millennial women take defeat personally, they also shy away from asking for help, because as independent women, they consider it a sign of weakness. That frame of mind needs to change. Your stress, anxiety and possible depression are as much a result of external pressures as internal ones, and you need to let go and seek help when you need it.
Now, meditation has proven scientific benefits on both the body and the mind, so steal at least 20 minutes a day from your busy life and commit to mastering the art of breathwork and meditation. You’ll be in a much stronger state of mind, one that has the power to fend off stress and all its unwelcome companions. And, when going gets really rough, talk to a professional.
We know your obligations, deadlines and schedules are important to you, but all the success won’t matter if you lose yourself and put your mental well-being in jeopardy. Seeking help is not weakness, it’s a sign of bravery; you notice that something is off and you’ve taken charge to fix it. That’s real strength.
Mind what you eat
From ancient Ayurveda, holistic approaches to medicine to western medicine – each one will tell you that the bond between what you eat and how you feel and even look is unbreakable. Nutrition plays a huge part in your physical health, and no matter how busy you are, you simply have to be more mindful about the types of food you allow to enter your body.
Now that we have so much insight into superfoods that have the power to boost our health and immunity as well as to energize us, eating healthy has become much more achievable. These foods allow you to prepare quick and healthy meals, and you simply need them in your life if you want to keep your health and maintain or take back your energy and your stride.
Avoid highly processed foods most of the time, drink in moderation because alcohol has detrimental consequences on your health and skin, and be mindful and caring about your body and we guarantee, your health levels will spike before you know it.
Inside and Out
The condition of your skin is most often a reflection of your inner state – the skin doesn’t lie. Therefore, aside from benefits on your body and mind, proper nutrition, professional help and meditation will be of great help because when you feel good on the inside your looks mirror that.
Of course, amazing topical solutions are a must, and as an eco-conscious millennial woman, you need what is best for your skin but also what is best for the planet, correct? Hence, you need to shake things up and adopt a skincare regimen that is comprised of pure and natural skincare products, so natural you can almost eat them.
73% of millennial women want more green beauty, and we bet you’re one of them, so make it your mission to read the labels carefully and choose only the purest and most beneficial products for the sake of the health of your skin as well as our beloved planet. You can find some great options wherever you are in the world here (for US/Canada) and here (for Australia).
You are a smart woman, you are probably already aware of the benefits physical activity brings to your body and mind. Just a refresher course – when exercising you are enhancing your cardiovascular health, elevating your mood, libido, flushing out toxins and raising your energy levels. You are also more focused and able to complete a variety of task with greater ease and zest.
As an ambitious woman, you want that, so even if you don’t have the time to hit the gym, there are tons of ways to squeeze in an exercise session. You can do yoga in your office, go for a run before work or during lunch time. There is literally no time for excuses, and always time for a quick and effective workout. Just try it, you can thank us later.
Don’t forget that your body needs 7-9 hours of quality snooze time to reboot itself and give you all the energy you need to conquer the following day. Things can wait, but sleep time is sacred. Drink plenty of tea such as matcha which contains “137 times more antioxidants than regularly brewed green tea” and it’s the secret weapon you need to feel strong and look amazing.
Spend quality time with good people – work is important, but so are your friends and your hobbies. Don’t forget that. A support system is paramount for both your mental and physical health. Think of all these tips as your belated New Year’s resolutions, but this time, stick with them and deliver. You owe it to yourself. Do you have any other health tips for women? Please share them below.
Sophia Smith is beauty and style blogger, an eco-lifestyle lover, graphic designer and a DIY enthusiast. She is very passionate about natural skincare, minimalist wardrobe, yoga and mindful living. Sophia writes mostly about beauty-related topics in her articles. She has contributed to a number of publications including: Eco Warrior Princess, Viva Glam Magazine, How to Simplify and Carousel.