Whether you’re twenty, thirty, forty or somewhere in the ballpark (whatever ballpark that may be), you’re likely guilty of the same thing as the rest of us: occasionally neglecting your health, because, well…certain things are boring.
None of us enjoy going to the dermatologist, or to the dentist…it’s not like getting a massage or your nails done; there’s no real payoff, or at least not an immediate one. And when you have a busy, hectic life, cramming the fun things in is hard enough, much less the stuff that’s not always so fun. And when you’re a woman, you’re often encouraged to put your own needs to the side.
Well, ladies, it’s time to unlearn that behavior and start taking care of yourself. And that means all the things, not just the fun ones, or the ones that are an immediate danger. Preventative care and maintenance are a good thing for everybody, after all.
Below are a few areas that us women tend to neglect, and how we can do better at, you know, not doing that anymore:
Yes. We all hate going to the dentist. And for good reason. Dental visits are often lovely shaming activities where we apologize profusely for not flossing. Sometimes there’s pain. And there’s always lots of money involved (seriously, does anyone’s health insurance have a decent dental plan? Apparently not). We’ve all built the dentist up to be some kind of massive bummer, and because of this, we don’t go. And the more we don’t go, the more problems build up, making the inevitable visit worse…you get the drill.
But the teeth are actually much more important than you think, and it’s not all aesthetic. Your teeth are directly related to your nerves, your blood, and your heart. Ignoring things like teeth pain, abscesses and cavities can directly impact your health. You might think it’s no big deal, but putting off a dental visit can do irreparable damage.
So call your dentist, schedule that cleaning or tooth bridge appointment, bite the bullet (figuratively) and take care of your teeth.
That eight-step skincare routine is great (and nope, we totally don’t judge if you skip a night – or three – a week), but taking care of your skin is about more than just buying a miracle moisturizer and removing your makeup before bed.
Seeing a dermatologist every now and then to have things like irregular moles and odd blemishes checked out is a really good idea. Skin cancer is a big risk factor for women, especially if you spend a lot of time outside (always wear sunscreen; every day, no matter the weather or season!). Taking the time to get your body’s largest organ checked out for any potential problems is a really good idea. Don’t wait until it’s too late.
We all know that heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States. Unfortunately when we hear that statistic we often immediately think of elderly women. And that’s just not accurate – women are having heart attacks at younger and younger ages, due to stress, chronic illness, dietary issues and more.
Put simply, we need to take better care of our heart. It’s true that panic attacks and anxiety can mimic heart attacks, which is why a lot of young women just ignore pain and discomfort and don’t see a doctor – often with disastrous consequences. Take your heart health seriously and see a doctor at the very first sign of something wrong.
We’re not talking about fad diets and crash diets, here. Newsflash: they don’t work. We’re not talking about dieting for weight loss, either.
We’re talking about eating a balanced, nutritious and healthy diet that is primarily composed of natural foods that you’ve prepared at home.
Taking the time to cook is not only a stress relieving activity, but because you control the ingredients, those meals tend to be healthier and cheaper. Your diet should be full of leafy greens, crunchy vegetables, ripe fruits, lean protein, a few whole grains and healthy fats, and yep, a treat or two for snacking or dessert. Everything in moderation! Including going out for pizza at the weekend.
Taking the time to look after your health – yes, even the boring parts – will pay off in the end when you have more energy, clearer skin, a bright smile, and are sleeping like a baby after your long, successful day of being a responsible human who loves the skin she’s in.