I have been thinking about health in general, and how to be a healthy woman, specifically. Am I a healthy woman? I’d like to think so. People tell me that they admire my outlook, my attitude, my philosophies of day-to-day living. And I feel pretty doggone good every day, so I guess I’m doing one or two things right.
You know, we often find ourselves caught up in the whirlwind of life that we forget the most important thing – taking care of ourselves. Let’s change that, shall we?
Welcome to “5 Things a Healthy Woman Does Every Day.” This isn’t just another listicle, it’s a lifestyle transformation guide – one that I’ve been practicing regularly for a number of years.
Now, don’t worry, I’m not going to suggest you run a marathon or become a vegan overnight (unless that’s your jam, and if so, more power to you!). Instead, I’ll be sharing five simple actions, perspectives, and attitudes that have made a world of difference in my own life – especially as a woman in midlife.
Here are my thoughts on what I believe a healthy woman does on a daily basis; what I do every day. It’s not rocket science, no amazing revelations, you’ve probably heard it all before. But you know what? There is something about putting these things in writing, in list form, that creates a solid reminder for all of us.
You’ll find a free printable of these inspirational thoughts on how to be a healthy woman, and affirmations at the bottom of this post, so be sure to get your copy, print it out and keep it handy.
How to be a Healthy Women – the 5 healthy things to do every day
1 | Wake up with a spirit of gratitude for a new day.
Have you ever caught yourself waking up and immediately reaching for your phone to check emails or social media? Let’s press pause on that. Instead, let’s start our day with a spirit of gratitude. Why, you ask? Well, let’s dive in!
First, let’s have a heart-to-heart here. We all know life isn’t guaranteed. Without sounding too somber, we must acknowledge that each day could potentially be our last. I’m not planning on going anywhere anytime soon, and I’m sure you aren’t either, but it is a reality of life.
So, when the first light of day peeks through my curtains and I shuffle to the kitchen to put on a pot of coffee (because let’s face it, caffeine is life), the next thing I do is take a moment to just…breathe. And as I inhale that first glorious scent of brewing coffee, I say a little “thank you” to the Lord for gifting me another day.
You see, no matter what’s going on in my life—whether it’s work stress, family challenges, or personal challenges—I make a point to find something that I’m grateful for. It could be as simple as the warmth of the coffee mug in my hands or as big as the love I have for my family and friends.
This habit of focusing on gratitude does something pretty amazing—it puts everything else into perspective. It’s like wearing a pair of rose-colored glasses that help you see the good in every situation. It doesn’t mean everything is perfect, but it does mean that there’s always something to appreciate.
So, how about it? If you want to learn how to be a healthy woman, tomorrow morning, instead of reaching for your phone, reach for a moment of gratitude. Trust me, it’s a game-changer!
I’m grateful for another new day and the possibilities it holds for me
2 | Affirm that today is a new day with a fresh start from yesterday’s disappointments.
We’ve all been there. Staring up at the ceiling late into the night, replaying the day’s events over and over in our heads. We scrutinize every word we said, every action we took, and every opportunity we missed. We berate ourselves for not finishing that last task on our to-do list or for not handling a situation as well as we think we could have.
But here’s the thing: what if instead of beating ourselves up about yesterday’s disappointments, we chose to see each new day as a fresh start? What if we decided to leave yesterday in the past and focus on the present?
I mean, think about it. The sun doesn’t rise in the morning and immediately start complaining about how it didn’t shine brightly enough the day before. No, it just gets up and does its thing, shining as brightly as it can without any regard for yesterday.
So, why can’t we do the same?
Listen, no one is perfect. We all have days when we don’t achieve everything we set out to do. But that’s okay. It’s more than okay, actually. It’s just life. And life, my dear friends, is messy. It’s unpredictable. It’s full of ups and downs and twists and turns. And that’s what makes it so beautiful.
So, the next time you find yourself lying awake at night dwelling on the day’s disappointments, I want you to remember this: Today is a new day. It’s a fresh start. It’s a chance to try again, to do better, to be better.
Don’t let yesterday’s disappointments cast a shadow over today’s possibilities. Instead, wake up, put on your favorite lipstick, and tackle the day with a smile on your face and a heart full of hope. Because you, my dear, are stronger than you think and more capable than you know.
Now, go out there and shine your light. The world needs it.
I know that today is a new day, and I’m going to look forward to what I will experience and learn. I will not look back, even for a minute
3 | Ensure that time is set aside for her physical, emotional, and spiritual well being.
I see you, juggling a million tasks and still managing to look fabulous. But let me ask you something – when was the last time you took a moment for yourself? I mean, a real, honest-to-goodness moment where you weren’t ticking off tasks from your to-do list or worrying about everyone else’s needs but your own?
I can almost hear the collective gasp of “Who has time for that?” echoing around the room. And trust me, I get it. Our days are crammed with work, family, friends, and all those little things that just seem to pop up out of nowhere. It feels like there’s never enough time in the day, right?
We often fill our schedules to the brim, leaving not a single spare minute for ourselves. But let’s have a reality check here. How high on your to-do list are you? And no, I’m not talking about the tasks you need to complete. I’m talking about your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
Now, don’t start squirming in your seat. This isn’t meant to make you feel guilty. It’s meant to make you think. And to remind you that you, yes YOU, are important.
My life is fairly simple compared to some of you powerhouse ladies. I live alone, so I have the luxury of scheduling my days as I please. But even then, it’s not always easy to carve out that essential ‘me’ time. Most days – I make it a priority – I spend time with devotions and prayer, allocate exercise time, and try to give myself a relaxing wind-down time at the end of the day.
But here’s the thing – I have to consciously make the effort to do so. It doesn’t just magically happen. And you know what? I’m always glad that I did.
So, here’s my challenge to you. Find some time in your day, even if it’s just 15 minutes, to focus on YOU. Go for a walk, read a book, meditate, pray, or just sit quietly with a cup of tea. Do something, anything, that makes you feel good.
Remember, you can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first. You’re worth it.
I am worth setting aside time for my physical, emotional and spiritual well being
4 | Acknowledge that she is ultimately responsible for her thoughts and actions
I realize that there are times when situations are outside of our control and things happen to us, and to those we love. However, the majority of the time as we live our lives day-to-day, we are ultimately in control of what we think and what we choose to do.
I may think that it would be good for me to spend time with my family. But, if I don’t act on those thoughts, I don’t give them learned many years ago to look inward first when things don’t go well, or as planned, or hoped. That doesn’t mean that it is always my shortcoming or fault, but I always start with myself, do some introspection, before looking elsewhere.
I know that I am responsible, every day, for my thoughts and actions, and that they have the power to shape the outcome of my day
5 | Is willing to take the first step in communicating with family and those she loves
Let’s talk about something we’ve all faced at some point – the dreaded communication breakdown. You know what I’m talking about, right? That feeling when someone you care about just isn’t communicating with you. It could be a family member, a dear friend, or even your partner. And it’s like trying to get through to a brick wall.
Now, you might be sitting there wondering why on earth they’re not talking. Maybe there’s a reason, maybe there isn’t. Honestly, it doesn’t really matter. Because here’s the thing: you can’t control what other people do, but you can control what you do.
So, let me ask you this: are you willing to take that first step? Are you willing to reach out and open those lines of communication?
I hear you saying, “But what if they don’t respond?” Well, my friend, that’s a possibility. But just think about this – you’ll be able to lay your head down on your pillow at night knowing that you tried. You took the initiative. You made the effort.
And who knows? Maybe your willingness to take that first step will be just what they needed to start talking again. Or maybe it won’t. But at least you’ll know that you did everything you could.
Remember, it’s not about winning or losing. It’s about showing up, being present, and doing your best. So, go ahead, take that first step. Who knows where it might lead?
I am willing to reach out and keep the lines of communication open with my family, friends and loved ones
So there you have it. My take on how to be a healthy woman, aging well, and the five healthy things to do every day. I’m sure there are other characteristics and actions that are just as important to our health and well being.
The takeaway for me is that we think about it consciously, assume responsibility for the actions that we control, and let the rest go.
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