Women’s wellness is important in self care. While men and women have many of the same health problems, they can affect women differently. For example, women are more likely to die after a heart attack than men are. Women suffer greater rates of depression and osteoarthritis affects more women than men.
A woman’s body is different than a man’s in more ways than the obvious and so they have special needs that drive reasons to gain awareness, and take action in prevention in the hope of reducing risk factors for various conditions.
Too often in this busy hectic modern world, women tend to neglect self-care until it’s too late. Today, women work, and take care of a household and children, which often leaves little time for them.
Taking the time to become aware of common health threats, and lifestyle choices that can improve health and wellbeing is not only recommended, it is necessary to ensure good health even into old age.
“If you think taking care of yourself is selfish, change your mind.
If you don’t, you’re simply ducking your responsibilities.”
~ Ann Richards
What Is Wellness?
The official dictionary definition of wellness is…The quality or state of being healthy in body and mind especially as the result of a deliberate effort. The World Health Organization defines wellness as… “A state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” Wellness then is absolutely something that is within our control.
This bodes well for us in daily life, because regardless of our current state, whether we consider ourselves to be well or unwell, we can know that it is possible to either develop wellness in our life or maintain our current state of wellness through deliberate effort.
The road to women’s wellness should be custom designed to suit individual needs! Whether you are doing really well in all dimensions of life and self and simply need to tweak here and there, or you are struggling, and seeking more in-depth help with particular issues.
Self-Care Is At the Core Of Women’s Wellness
In order to produce and encourage wellness it is required of us that we learn to observe and take care of ourselves.
Think about this for a moment, without a profound motivation in caring for yourself, wellness is not likely to happen on any dimension.
This means that we learn to focus on our life and remove any negative influences and energetic drains to the best of our ability.
In realizing that wellness is brought about by our own focus, consistency, and persistent determination to inspire positivity within our own bodies and minds, we are entering into the realm of ‘true-self-care’. This is what lies at the very heart of our wellness cultivation.
By keeping ourselves focused on our own lives, our own thoughts, behaviors and actions in the world, we learn to effectively govern ourselves and ensure that a high level of care is being inspired for our own benefit.
All of this comes down to our own self; our own personal wellness is the result of our own personal actions.
This is what ‘true-self-care’ means.
Ultimately, it is our own self that requires our attention…
Ultimately, it is our own self that will need to take action…
Ultimately, it is our own self that will experience the benefits.
Steps To Women’s Wellness
Wellness is multidimensional and so if we are going to incorporate its cultivation into our lives we must know the ins and outs of this ‘multidimensional-ness’.
When we consider our own lives, we can see that we exist as multidimensional beings. We have a physical body, we have the capacity to think and hold mental states and emotions, we live in a world inhabited by others, some of us have specific responsibilities like raising children or owning a business, and each of us is a unique part of the grand picture of life itself. Our wellness then, must take into account all of these things.
- Physically we must take care of our body, providing it the right kind of nutrition to support wellness. At the same time, we must ensure that we receive enough regular exercise to promote good physical health, agility, and flexibility.
- Mentally we must learn to control our thoughts and emotions so that we can encourage wellness and positivity and remove negativity and ‘un-wellness’. We can do this by learning age old techniques of meditation, yoga, chi gung and even tai chi. These practices help to alleviate the constant thinking that most of us have to endure, and allow the stress, concern and worry of pent-up thoughts and emotions to dissipate, thereby enhancing our mental wellness and our inner peace.
- Financially we aim to create a life of comfort, or deal with the discomforts that may cause us stress.
- Spiritually we can learn to live in harmony with ourselves and with others. By practicing patience, compassion, understanding and wisdom in our life we can learn to let things be as they are, to remain calm and centered in our everyday lives. And by reflecting on deep questions about who we really are and what we really want from life, we can learn to recognize the yearning that our spirit has to be free of suffering, worry and concern, and instead to feel free and aware of what is the right way of life for us personally.
- Quality of Wellness. One of the things that help us to develop wellness is paying attention to our quality of life. Quality of life refers to the level of complete balance that we do or do not have in all areas of life. If our quality of life is low, we feel depressed, or suppressed or oppressed. On the other hand, when our quality of life is high, we then feel that we can do anything, and we are happy and content with the way our life is going.