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Women’s Health Week 2023

Women’s Health Week 2023

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Today marks the beginning of Women’s Health week. Current student and mum, Michelle Curry, provides some advice on how to stay on top of your health.

Written by Michelle Curry

From September 4 to 8, thousands of women in Australia will come together to take part in a week of events and online activities for Jean Hailes Women’s Health Week.

These are designed to boost the health and well-being of women, girls, and gender-diverse people.

The theme for this year’s Women’s Health Week is Grow Your Knowledge.

The event aims to provide women with valuable information, resources, and tools to make informed decisions about their health and to promote healthy lifestyles.

This week serves as a reminder for women to schedule regular check-ups, and screenings, and to take proactive steps toward their overall well-being.

Proactive steps to boost your overall wellbeing.

Find a workout that you enjoy and make it part of your weekly routine.

It may be a Zumba class, hitting the gym, taking your pet for a walk, or a bike ride with friends.

The key is finding an activity that you enjoy so it does not feel like a workout.

Try to schedule in 30 minutes, five days a week.

Every bit helps, just keep moving.  

Michelle taking her dog Ollie for a walk!

Get enough sleep.

As a mother, and studying full time, one thing that often suffers is my sleep.

There aren’t enough hours in the day.

But over the past few years, I have realised that if I do not get enough sleep, I can’t take care of my family or myself, and often I can burn out.

Prioritising sleep is essential for maintaining optimal health and ensuring you have the energy and focus to engage in daily activities.

Cervical screening could save your life.

If you are aged between 25 to 74, have ever had any sexual contact, or are a woman or person with a cervix, book a cervical screening test through your healthcare provider. 

If you take one thing away from reading this article this is the most important message.

The test only takes a few minutes, and there is now the option of self-collection.  

It is extremely important to have a cervical screening test.  If you are given all clear, it is only once every five years.   

Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, and having regular screening tests is the best way to protect yourself.  

Cervical Screening

Make time for you!

Also known as self-care, making time for yourself is incredibly important for maintaining overall well-being and leading a balanced and fulfilling life.  

It can be as simple as taking the afternoon off your studies, seeing a movie, going for a walk, baking your favourite meal, or listening to a podcast.

The lower your stress levels, the better you feel both mentally and physically.

Take time to slow down, break from study, and an afternoon of painting.

Pay attention to what you’re eating.

Processed foods and sugary treats may taste good, and be convenient if you are time-poor, but they will result in a complete energy crash.

The food you consume provides essential nutrients your body needs to function properly. 

A balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals, protein, healthy fats, and carbohydrates supports your metabolism and immune system.

It’s always good to go see your healthcare professional at least once a year for a general health checkup.  

Regular health checks can help to identify early warning signs of disease or illness allowing treatment to be more successful in the early stages.

Don’t be afraid to ask for more information if you do not understand or bring along a trusted friend or family member with you to your medical appointments. 

It is also not a problem to see another doctor or specialist if something does not feel right, it is important to have a medical team that you feel comfortable with.

Michelle having coffee with a friend.

A final note.

Thank you Michelle for providing women, girls and gender-diverse students of Charles Sturt some tips to help their overall well-being. This has definitely inspired the Charlie Team to complete some self-care activities!

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