As women, we have plenty to worry about. We worry about our jobs, careers, and our relationships. Mothers constantly worry about their kids and their parenting skills. Women worry so much, we’re twice as likely to be diagnosed with anxiety disorders than men. So why worry about wellness? It could save your life.
Worry should not overwhelm your life. But a little bit can go a long way in helping you to be more proactive about your health. For example, worrying about contracting a sexually transmitted infection (STI) should lead you to using protection and getting regular screenings. Likewise, worrying about which birth control is best for you could prevent serious complications.
In this article, we’re going to cover these topics and more. Hopefully, this information will empower you to be proactive and enable you to lead a long and happy life.
Know How to Protect Yourself Against STIs
Women are not only more vulnerable to STIs than men are, we’re also less likely to notice symptoms. Left untreated, STIs can become life-threatening. It’s not fun, but protection and detection are something you absolutely must take into your own hands. Here’s how to be proactive:
- Don’t make the mistake thinking it could never happen to you.
- Talk to your partner about prevention and safe sex.
- Get tested.
- Use protection every time.
- Ask your doctor questions.
Always get your questions about STIs answered by a doctor. They can help you protect yourself and your partner if you have an infection. Don’t hold back and don’t be embarrassed. This is your wellness we’re talking about, and there’s nothing you shouldn’t do to protect yourself.
Know the Risks of Permanent Birth Control
Make sure to talk to your doctor and know your options before committing to a permanent birth control device like Essure. This method has caused serious complications for some women. Not only has it caused severe pain — it doesn’t protect against STIs, it’s permanent, and not even guaranteed to prevent pregnancies.
No form of birth control can offer a 100 percent guarantee, but that doesn’t mean you should rush into this particular option. Talk to your doctor about your future plans and why you’re considering birth control. Also, try to stay open minded about other options like the pill or IUDs.
Know When You’re Stressed
Do you know your unique stress symptoms? We all feel stress differently, whether it shows up as migraines or headaches, muscle tension, trouble sleeping, skin issues, or a combination of these symptoms among many others. Do you know what triggers your stress symptoms? Sometimes the cause of stress is obvious, and sometimes it’s random.
Stress takes a hard toll on your mental and physical health, but it can actually affect women in unique ways like causing irregular periods and acne breakouts. So it’s important to have an idea for what causes you to feel stress and to know the symptoms so you can make changes before it gets out of hand. Here are some tips on how you can proactively avoid four different types of stress:
- Get 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night.
- Eat a nutritious diet of fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean proteins.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Move your body in any way that feels good, even if it’s just a walk or some yoga at home.
- Find a way to relax — whatever works best for you.
- Be aware of your triggers like noise, temperature, the weather, or a messy home.
- Create a space that caters to the environment you need to relax.
- Get out in nature! Even if it’s just a quick trip to the park.
- Know that this type of stress is tough to manage because it usually involves other people.
- Work on your interpersonal skills and attempt to improve the relationship.
- Be aware that when your efforts just aren’t working, it’s okay to prioritize your health and walk away from the relationship causing stress.
- Know that this is when you feel internal stress over a number of possible things, but also know that you’re not alone.
- Use the internet to learn about your stress and learn new skills that will help you through it.
- Consider talking with a counselor.
Among the many things women worry about, wellness should be a priority. You can’t take care of everything going on in your life if you’re not taken care of first. Worry less by educating yourself and being proactive with your health.