Celebrating Women’s Health Week, May 14 – 20
Self-care goes a long way
So many women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are caregivers—and often neglect their own physical and mental health. Women’s Health Week, starting on Mother’s Day (May 14), is a reminder for women to make their own health and wellness needs a priority. It encourages women to support one another in improving their health, so all women can live healthy, happy lives.
For women: your seven-day self-care challenge
Women’s Health Week is a time for you to reflect on your priorities. To participate and observe, try doing one self-care activity each day. To help you, here is your seven-day self-care challenge. Feel free to substitute any suggested activity with something else you enjoy. This is your story, so make it a healthy one!
1. Make a healthy meal.
Look up a healthy recipe and treat yourself to something new and delicious. Better yet, get your family or friends to cook it for you!
2. Go for a walk.
Staying physically active can boost your heart health and mental health. Take some time and go for a walk, whether it's by yourself or with a friend.
3. Do your skin care routine – moisturizer and SPF.
Take your time and pamper your largest organ. A skin care routine can make for a simple self-care ritual. Moisturize to lock in hydration and make sure your moisturizer contains sunscreen to protect your skin from UV rays.
4. Meditate or pray.
Take a mental time-out in your preferred way. Close your eyes and let your mind wander. Let yourself feel positive. It’s a moment for self-acceptance, gratitude and self-love.
5. Catch up with a friend!
Get together, preferably in person, to share and laugh or cry. Whatever you need at the moment. Spending time with a trusted friend can give you a break from daily stresses.
6. Spend 30 minutes outside.
Try going somewhere outdoors and take a moment to smell the Texas flowers (literally, if possible). Spending time in nature is good for your mental health.
7. Schedule your annual wellness checkup
One of the most important activities you can do for your health is to schedule your annual checkup with your primary care provider (PCP). During your checkup, talk to your PCP about recommended screenings for women in your age group.
Help spread awareness about Women’s Health Week by talking about it with friends and family. Everyone can do their part to support the women in their lives, not only this during week, but year-round.
Learn how you can make your health a priority on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) Women’s Health webpage.
If you have questions about your HealthSelectSM medical plan benefits, finding a PCP or scheduling your wellness checkup, call a BCBSTX Personal Health Assistant toll-free at (800) 252-8039 (TTY: 711), Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday, 7 a. m.-3 p.m. CT.