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6 steps women should take to prioritize their health

| Women’s Health | Healthy You

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It’s been a stressful year. Today is a great time to pay attention to your care.

Many women have spent more than a year managing additional stress and forced lifestyle changes brought on by the pandemic. As a result, ongoing healthcare needs may have fallen by the wayside.

If you’ve found that to be true for yourself or the women in your life, today is a great time to change that around.

“Women are great at caring for others, but may tend to overlook their own needs,” says Nathan Amrine, MD, an OB-GYN for PeaceHealth in Vancouver, Wash.  “Making your own healthcare a priority is one of the best things you can do for others. Not only is it a great way of modeling good self-care for your children or partner, but it also ensures that your physical and mental well-being is being maintained.”

What to prioritize

Below are six important steps every woman should take to prioritize their health.

  1. Schedule annual primary care and OB-GYN appointments
  2. Schedule overdue breast, cervical, and colorectal screenings
  3. Be vigilant with breast and skin self-exams
  4. Prioritize getting eight hours of sleep each night
  5. Carve out time to practice self-care, including mindfulness practices
  6. Get at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day

Scheduling your visit

If you’re due for your annual checkup or screenings, you can schedule any virtual or in-person appointments needed by: