Thursday, May 5, 2011

It's Almost Mother's Day!

WeeCare wishes all of you a Happy Mother’s Day!
Mother’s Day kicks off National Women’s Health Week from May 8-14. You can celebrate and commit to a healthier you by taking these steps:
Schedule an annual checkup or preventive screening test
Make healthy eating and regular physical activity a habit
Avoid risky behaviors, such as smoking and not wearing a seatbelt
Reduce stress and get enough sleep
May is also Mental Health Month. Stress that builds up can take a toll on your physical and mental health. Ways to reduce stress:
Set realistic standards and goals. Use your calendar to avoid taking on too much.
Make time each day to relax and unwind, even if only for a few minutes
Aim for seven to nine hours of sleep every night.
Reach out to people who encourage and support you. Ask for help when needed.
Find outlets, such as a hobby or volunteer work.
Learn healthy ways to cope with daily stress.
Talk to your doctor if emotional problems interfere with daily living.
If you are having thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.
Taken from the Office on Women’s Health 2011 Calendar, A Year of Healthy Living
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