There is nothing as important for women than their own personal health. All too often, your needs take the backseat to other members of your family. Although it is natural to want to help others, it's important you extend that courtesy to yourself. Here are some small steps you can take to control your personal health and feel better bit by bit.

Get Yearly Exams

Make sure you schedule one with your primary physician as well as your gynecologist and any specialists you see. This ensures you've passed on the criteria needed to stay healthy and remain disease-free.

Treat Those Varicose Veins

Women usually suffer from these unsightly and painful veins later in life, but there’s no reason to put off getting them treated. According to an Intermountain vein center, you should to have yours looked at and pay attention to your circulation as you get older. There are many treatment options for spider veins as well as varicose veins that you'll be presented with, so it's important to consider what is best for you and your lifestyle.

Get Enough Sleep

Make sure your bedroom is ideal for sleeping. Keep it cool and dark. Invest money in blackout curtains as a way of preventing sunlight or street lamps from disrupting your slumber. If you feel tired all the time, you may need a nap or better sleep conditions.


Find a physical activity that you love doing. Make sure to allow enough time in your schedule to engage in that activity whether it be walking, playing tennis, or going to yoga class. The body needs movement to thrive. Invest in a pedometer and make it a point to walk 10,000 steps each day.

Eat a Well-Balanced Diet

Make sure you get enough calories to sustain you based on your current activity level. Choose lean proteins, fresh fruits, and vegetables, whole grains, and good fats. Limit the number of sweets you eat. Although carbs provide fuel for the body, there is a difference between healthy carbohydrates and non-healthy carbohydrates.

Discover a New Hobby

There are many ways you can express yourself as an individual. One of the best opportunities to do that is through the hobbies you choose. If you've wanted to learn a new language, play guitar, or sew, you're in luck. There are plenty of tutorials and videos on the internet for you to read and watch. Make goals for yourself and watch the improvement you make. It’s a great boost in self-esteem and confidence.

Self-care is healthcare and should be treated as such. Your mental health is just as important as your physical well-being so make sure you're able to look after both equally. If you don't know where to start, following the suggestions listed above can be a great beginning point because they improve your mental and physical well-being.

Author's Bio: 

Eileen O'Shanassy is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking. Check out her Twitter @eileenoshanassy.