As we embrace the spirit of empowerment and celebrate the strength and resilience of women, National Women’s Health Week takes center stage. This annual observance, held from May 12th to May 18th, reminds women of all ages to prioritize their health and well-being. It is a time to reflect, educate, and inspire as we journey toward nurturing a healthier and happier life.
At Maryland University of Integrative Health, we embrace this opportunity to inspire and empower women, fostering a generation of strong individuals leading fulfilling lives. Our expert faculty, Dr. Suzie Carmack, Department Chair of Yoga Therapy, and Ayurveda, shares five actionable steps women can take to optimize their physical, mental, and emotional well-being:
- Prioritize Your Time with the 2/10/5/7 Rule: To effectively manage your day, adopt the 2/10/5/7 rule. Allocate at least 2 hours daily for “me time,” including personal exercise, spiritual reflection, and self-development. Limit work-related efforts, including emails, to a maximum of 10 hours per day. Dedicate at least 5 hours each day to quality time with family, friends, and hobbies. Lastly, ensure you have a minimum of 7 hours of sleep or restorative downtime.
- Practice Self-Compassion for Well-being: Avoid self-criticism and stress by cultivating self-compassion. Embrace mindfulness, kindness, and common humanity to support your wellness journey. By being gentle with ourselves, we can better manage stress and maintain overall well-being.
- Take Genius Breaks: Discover the power of micro-breaks throughout your day. In her best-selling book, “Genius Breaks,” Dr. Carmack encourages combining movement, mindfulness, and meaning into short breaks. Just a couple of minutes can reset your mindset, recharge your body, and release stress.
- Embrace Seasonal, Unprocessed Foods: Connect with the feminine energy of mother nature by including seasonal, unprocessed foods in your healthy diet. This approach enhances your relationship with nature and supports overall well-being.
- Schedule Ongoing Medical Appointments: Ensure you don’t miss essential medical appointments by dedicating time to schedule all your ongoing check-ups, annual exams, and specialty appointments. Taking this proactive step demonstrates your commitment to your health and helps maintain a comprehensive care routine.
As we celebrate National Women’s Health Week, let us remember the importance of prioritizing our well-being. By following these actionable steps and embracing empowerment, we can nurture a healthier, happier life. Join us in celebrating women’s health and take charge of your wellness journey today.