Happy Mother’s Day! Thank you, Mom for all you do to take care of kids, family members, and friends. This Mother’s Day, make sure you are taking care of yourself too. Taking care of yourself doesn’t take away from caring for others. In fact, keeping yourself healthy is the best way to keep doing all you do for others.
It’s important to choose healthy foods, encourage your family to be active, and also set aside a little time to relax each day. These are many ways you take care of yourself and your family. There are a few other easy things all women should do to keep feeling your best:
- See your doctor at least once a year for a check-up. Do this even if you feel well. Check-ups help you make a plan to feel your best and find problems before they become serious.
- Stay up to date on important health screenings. Talk to your doctor about which screenings you need.
- Cervical Cancer Screening: women 21-65 need to do this regularly to look for or prevent cervical cancer.
- Breast Cancer Screening: women 50-75 need mammograms (x-ray tests) which can find a problem before you can even feel a lump.
- Bone Density Test: Women over 65 need to have this to look at how strong their bones are.
- If you do not want to get pregnant right now, ask your doctor about birth control options. Choose one that is right for you.
- If you feel down, depressed, or hopeless, talk to your doctor. It is normal to feel overwhelmed sometimes, but if you feel this way most days then it’s time to ask for help. There are resources to help you manage your health, including your emotions and stress.
Make a plan to focus on your own health so you can keep caring for everyone else. Call your doctor’s office to schedule a check-up. If you aren’t sure who your doctor is or would like to choose a new one, we are here to help. We are available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 1-800-440-1561 (TTY: 7-1-1).