7 Simple Habits of Healthy Women – Susan B. Anthony
There’s no big secret to improving your life and being a successful woman! Being happy and well-adjusted is about weaving basic, simple healthy habits into your lifestyle. These habits for women are sprinkled with quotations from women’s activist Susan B. Anthony.
“A woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself,” said Anthony.
A huge part of protecting yourself — and living your best life – is staying as emotionally and physically healthy as possible! One of my favorite books about women’s health is Dr Donnica Moore’s Women’s Health For Life – click the cover for info. And, read on for seven simple habits for healthy women…
7 Habits That Improve a Woman’s Life
1. Acknowledge your health issues. What aren’t you dealing with? Irregular periods, obesity, eating disorders, chronic headaches, depression, diabetes…these health issues affect your mind, soul, and spirit. Make it your goal to cope with whatever health struggles you haven’t yet acknowledged. Check in with your physical and emotional selves regularly: what emotions, relationships, or issues are you avoiding? What do you need to take care of to improve your life?
2. Stay on top of those health issues. I have ulcerative colitis, which is a pain in the tush (literally). But, when I take care of myself by ensuring I have enough medication, enough sleep, low stress levels, etc I feel far more empowered and healthy than if I ignore it. If you’re coping with a chronic illness, make sure you’re as proactive as possible. Don’t let it flare out of control – it could trigger other health issues.
3. Vary your daily routine. Changing the route you take to work, doing different types of exercises, taking new classes, and meeting new people are simple habits that improve your brain health and increase energy levels. The more you shake things up, the happier and more invigorated you’ll feel…and the more adventures you’ll have!
4. Get your bike out of the garage. “Bicycling has done more to emancipate women than any one thing in the world,” said Susan B. Anthony. “It gives her a feeling of self-reliance and independence the moment she takes her seat; and away she goes, the picture of untrammelled womanhood.” This woman’s activist promoted cycling as a source of emotional health; and you know that the benefits of exercise extend far beyond independence and self-reliance! It’s not just about losing that last 10 pounds – it’s about feeling strong, fit, and healthy. Exercise boosts your self-confidence and self-esteem, which will help you be a successful woman.
5. Hit the sack at the same time every night. This simple habit is one of my favorite ways to stay healthy. If I don’t get enough sleep, I’m less productive, less satisfied at work and home, more likely to gain weight, and less interested in being physically intimate with my husband. Make sure you get enough sleep, and try and keep your sleep schedule consistent. This is not the time to “vary your daily routine” – healthy women simply have to get enough sleep.
6. Take a whiff of happiness. Peppermint, lavender, orange, and jasmine essential oils are energizing and mood enhancing. Improving your life isn’t always about making big changes, my friends…it’s about incorporating small, healthy habits into your life. Just shake a few drops of a citrus scent on a handkerchief and take a few minutes mid-morning or mid-afternoon to enjoy the aroma.
7. Flow with the circumstances in your life…including your age. Said Susan B. Anthony: “The older I get, the greater power I seem to have to help the world; I am like a snowball-the further I am rolled, the more I gain.” Aging often brings self-confidence, security, and the ability to let go of the little things. Embrace your age, and remember that most highly successful women aren’t teenagers or even in their twenties! Truly admirable women are often older, more focused, and comfortable with their age.
Do you have any simple habits that make you a healthier woman? I welcome your comments below…