Healthcare does not stop

Stress and restrictions of COVID-19: It's now more important more than ever to look after your overall health and wellbeing.
Stress and restrictions of COVID-19: It's now more important more than ever to look after your overall health and wellbeing.

When it comes to health, many women are great at caring for others but often put themselves last. Jean Hailes for Women's Health helps women to put their own health first.

"Research tells us the biggest barrier to a woman maintaining a healthy lifestyle is lack of time and women can be so busy taking care of others that they can fail to find the time for their own health," Women's Health Week campaign manager Brenda Jones said.

"Some women also struggle with feelings of guilt, particularly those in the 'sandwich' generation caring for both elderly parents and teenage children. Guilt can take a toll whether it be for taking time out for herself or for not being available 100 per cent of the time for others."

Don't delay getting the healthcare you need, especially during the pandemic with higher levels of anxiety and distress in the general population.

Now in its eighth year, Women's Health Week runs from September 7-11 and encourages people in clubs, communities and workplaces to get involved.

Supported by Jean Hailes for Women's Health, a national not-for-profit organisation, and many other organisations dedicated to improving women's health.

You can host or attend a health event during the week, or simply sign up to receive five days of free daily emails loaded with articles, videos, podcasts, quizzes and more - all aimed at improving health.

Do a survey that takes 15 minutes to complete and is anonymous - go.jeanhailes.org.au/survey2020

Healthcare through the decades

At any stage of life, ask for help if you aren't coping.

20s

Eat a balanced diet, invest in people and experiences rather than things, simplify your goals, have a strong support team, exercise regularly, have a good night's rest and focus on what you do well. Staying on your phone is linked to more anxiety.

30s

Juggling your job and family life, it's important not to overload yourself, as this will lead to physical and mental problems. You can't do it all!

Get as much help as you can without overloading others too. Feminism has brought welcome changes but has also put a strain on women who work, are the main carers of their children and do the bulk of the housework.

40s

It's becoming harder to bounce back so if you have been in the habit of not looking after yourself, now is the time to start. Eat healthily and exercise so you can cope with any stresses and strains. It's a good time to reconnect with your partner.

50s

Women can finally relax a bit when grown children leave the nest. But some women may feel lost, lonely or struggle with menopause. Others need to look after their elderly parents and/or grandchildren. Signs of age begin to appear while hormonal changes can lead to fatigue. An annual checkup with your GP, regular sleep, exercise and a balanced diet are essential.

60s

Coming to terms with becoming older is important. You will get more health issues and you may feel less valued. You need to stay mentally and physically strong. Health checks are even more important.

Over 70s

Your little black book has more names beginning with Dr than other contacts. Nurture and build friendships and do some voluntary work. Stay active and ask for help if you need it.

Sign up or see womenshealthweek.com.au or Facebook for details.

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