Summer can be a wonderful time to enjoy life and spend time with family, but it is also a busy time for many women. Whether you have kids home for the summer, grandkids visiting over the break or just a barrage of social events to attend, summer activities can leave you exhausted. Knowing what you can do to care for your body can help you be healthier and more energetic, so you can enjoy the many events the summer brings.
Basic Self-Care for Women
The most basic element of feeling your best is taking time to care for yourself. Women tend to be nurturers, putting everyone else’s needs before their own. To care for others, you also need to care for yourself. Deep down every woman knows this, but at the same time, so many put their basic self-care needs on the back burner.
To have the energy and stamina to enjoy all the events and activities of summer, you need to take care of yourself. This is simple, but it is often ignored. If you want to feel your best, start with:
- Eating small, healthy meals and keeping hydrated throughout the day for health and energy
- Get enough sleep – lack of sleep is one of the biggest contributors to fatigue and health issues
- Reduce your stress – try yoga, meditation, walking or just relaxing by yourself everyday
- Exercise for your heart, stamina and overall health
If you are lacking in any of these basic self-care elements, it can impact your energy, health and well-being. Make self-care a priority and you can get more out of life every day.
Ensuring Hormonal Balance
Hormonal issues do not just affect teenage and menopausal-aged women, they can impact women at different stages of their life. For many women, a hormonal imbalance can occur throughout their life and have an impact on everything from their energy levels and weight, to cognitive concentration, libido and mental health. Even in the early thirties women can experience changes in their hormonal balance that can make it difficult to feel their best.
Hormonal imbalance is often overlooked or attributed to other factors. Unexplained weight gain or difficulty losing weight in the thirties and forties are considered part of the aging process. Depression, anxiety and even libido issues are issues to be treated with medications. Fatigue and lack of mental sharpness are blamed on lack of sleep, but in many cases hormonal imbalance can be contributing to all these different issues.
For women who have been struggling with any of these symptoms, it can be beneficial to undergo bloodwork hormonal testing to determine if an imbalance could be to blame. When the imbalance is corrected, it can make a substantial difference in how you feel and allow you to be your best all year round.
This summer get the most from life by taking care of yourself from the inside out. Eat right, exercise, get the rest you need and see a health professional if you have any symptoms of hormonal imbalance.
Written by: Sarah Quinn, Arcadia Wellness Center
Sarah Quinn is the owner and medical director of Arcadia Wellness Center. As a Masters-level prepared nurse, Sarah specializes in wellness and aesthetics at her booming practice. Sarah received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Grand Canyon University and has continued her education with advanced training in wellness and aesthetics.