In a country like India, women’s health is not an openly discussed topic. In some cases, it might even be considered taboo to talk about menstrual cramps, changes in the breasts, or other health irregularities connected to women. This needs to change immediately.
What You Should Know About Women’s Health:
- Common Women’s Health Issues
- The Importance of Women’s Wellness
- The International Women’s Day Pledge
Common Women’s Health Issues
Breast cancer, ovarian cancer, heart diseases as well as depression and anxiety rank among the top most common health and wellness issues in women. On International Women’s Day, it is important to bring these issues to light so that more women are aware of their health risks and can protect themselves accordingly.
The Importance of Women’s Wellness
There are several reasons why women’s wellness is important but we will focus on the top three.
High risk of serious illness: All the women’s health issues mentioned earlier are serious conditions that could considerably affect the quality of life of women suffering from them. Both, breast and ovarian cancer, are treatable when detected in the early stages. This is why women need to get annual tests to keep track of any changes in their bodies. Irregular bleeding, severe abdominal pain, lumps in the breast, and so on should not be ignored and should be reported to a doctor.
Always putting others first: Women have a tendency to always put their families first. This often comes at the cost of their own health. Signs and symptoms of conditions like heart disease are ignored and passed off as just tiredness. If women start to experience extreme fatigue, breathlessness, blurry vision, light-headedness, and other related symptoms, they could be at risk of heart disease. These symptoms should not be ignored and medical help should be sought. It is okay for women to put their own health first if it means potentially saving their lives.
The whole family gets affected: Daughters, mothers, and wives form the backbone of the family unit. They are usually the ones who plan the meals, care for the children and elderly and transform houses into homes. A woman who is mentally or physically unwell finds it very difficult to cope with the expectations that society has of her. If she is already suffering from stress and anxiety, this situation could make it worse and even lead to depression affecting all those around her as well.
The International Women’s Day Pledge
This International Women’s Day, let all women pledge to take better care of themselves. Let’s makes women’s health a topic that we are comfortable discussing and taking action when necessary. Here are some health tips for women to ensure their – all through the year:
- Eat a balanced and nutritious diet.
- Get enough exercise.
- Sleep for at least 6-8 hours each night.
- Take a break for your daily routine at least once a week.
- Do something that you really enjoy.
- Spend time with your friends.
Women’s wellness should not be neglected at any cost. Visit the Health and Wellness Blogs for great nutrition and fitness tips to lead a healthier life. Also check out the Mindfulness section for tips on better mental health.