You’ve arrived in the middle of your awesome life!
And with this comes change! You are “well-blended” in maturation that is both embraced and at times unwelcome!
So, how do you navigate all that you already have on your plate, while maintaining and building up your health and emotional abundance, amidst the backdrop of your life?
With up-to-the-minute information and advances in whole-body-centered medicine, there has never been a better time for you to take charge and thrive! You matter.
Use the tips shared below as a go-to guide when seeking solutions and proactive steps as you embrace and continue on in your abundant life.
Here are 10 Health and Wellness Tips for Women in the Middle:
Know your health numbers
Prioritize your health and wellness with as much care for yourself as you give to others. Schedule annual exams and screenings to get your baseline reads and the status of your health today. Tests to be aware of in your 40s and 50s include mammograms, pap smears, skin exam, Dexa bone scan – (late 50s early 60s), cholesterol, blood sugar, thyroid, blood pressure, and colonoscopy (50). All results provide the foundation for your current health status and to detect any other factors to be aware of.
Be constant and consistent with exercise!
Bringing in physical movement is key to aging with ease while supporting and maintaining muscle and bone strength. Include weights for a total body workout to keep your bones healthy and strong at least two days a week. Move into something you enjoy doing. It isn’t what activity you do but that you do so with enjoyable consistency!
Adopt and eat nutrient-rich whole foods daily
Continue to enjoy your favorite foods and look for ways to gradually include and eat more nutrient-dense foods every day. While you may have heard and read this over and over, eating nutrient-rich foods really matters to your health and vitality as you move into your middle years and beyond. Our bodies need the fuel/fiber, nutrients/vitamins that include fruits, veggies, nuts, lean proteins, whole grains, legumes, and dairy if tolerated.
Sleep plays a major role in not only physical but emotional health. Poor quality sleep over long periods of time can increase both anxiety and depression as well as weight gain. According to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, sleep is needed to repair the heart and blood vessels. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart, kidney, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.
Lovingly kick smoking out of your life if you’re a tobacco user
If you smoke, lovingly face the facts of the detrimental impact smoking has on your body long-term, with many areas such as lung disease and cancers, and your secondhand smoke on others. Involve yourself with a support and accountability group and with those who want to see you win your health back on track. Find something life-affirming and look forward to new hobbies as a reward!
In the midst of coming and going pause and give yourself permission to take care of yourself. Carrying stress from areas including career, relationships, family, personal obligations, etc. does one thing to you, it weakens your body and immune system while creating anxiety and depression. Many physical symptoms find their root cause in stress. Engage in activities that counter stressful times such as yoga or other forms of exercise, meditation, being in nature, saying no to people and additional projects, with care, and even distancing or removing yourself from toxic people or situations.
This follows on the heels of no. 6 – de-stressing. Let’s face it, we are inundated with sounds daily. From the moment we wake to bedtime rarely experience true silence. Why seek daily silence? Studies show when intentionally silent – memory is improved and brain growth is stimulated. Being silent also reduces stress, and lowers blood pressure while renewing the body and mind.
At the core – being spiritual is connecting to something bigger and greater outside of yourself in the world and universe. Doing so gives your life purpose and meaning laying your core foundation within you. Spirituality offers a gift of peace, greater patience, and a deeper connection to yourself and others all in relationship with each other.
As humanity, we are simply meant to be part of the whole! Connecting with others plays a key role in our wellbeing. Building and maintaining social connections is life-affirming and increases both mental and physical health.
Cultivate your personal identity and purpose
When you know your purpose and identity outside of work, relationships, daily obligations, interests, etc., your life has flow and in this, personal prosperity. Benefits of finding your purpose include clarity in doing, a deeper connection to who you are, and the alignment with your values and what matters to you.
What tip(s) listed above have inspired and encouraged you to be friends with your body and give yourself good care? We are all in this together, so send this to another woman in the middle. Sharing is caring!
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