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.
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.
I know that we are not promised tomorrow, and without sounding maudlin about it, I am consciously aware of the possibility that today may be my last on this earth. I hope it is not and I would prefer to live for many more years.
So when I wake up and put on the coffee, the next action I take is to thank the Lord for another day. No matter what situation I’m in the middle of, be it work, personal, family, or friend related, I’m grateful.
Focusing on what I am grateful for keeps everything else in perspective.
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.
I’m a goal setter, so every day I have a list of things I want to accomplish. It’s always a good list. It even has little boxes next to each ‘to-do’ item so I can feel good about putting that little checkmark next to each completed goal or task.
Of course, you know what inevitably happens…at least a few of my tasks don’t get completed for one reason or another. Well, I know the reason…it’s called Life. I don’t live in a vacuum, and neither do you. Things happen, whether it’s our list of tasks, family, relationship and communication issues, or other schedule-related interruptions.
We can beat ourselves up for ‘failing’, lie awake half the night and re-live the situation (of course in our minds we’d have handled it differently, always spectacularly), and generally feel bad about our failure.
Or, we can let the day and it’s events go, get a good night’s rest, and wake up the next morning ready for a new day. I can tell you from experience…re-hashing events that have already occurred doesn’t change a thing.
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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/spiritual well being.
I know what you may be thinking. “Who has time for that??” Our schedules can be so incredibly full that taking time to work out, relax, have a bit of quiet time, pray or meditate seem to be quite out of the question.
We all have days like that. But, sometimes we do it to ourselves. We pack the schedule so full there is not one minute to spare for ourselves.
Be honest. How high on the To-do list are your own needs? Only you can answer that question.
My life is pretty simple compared to some, as I live alone and have the flexibility to schedule most days as I need to. So it shouldn’t be difficult for me to set aside the ‘me’ time that I need. Most days, if I make it a priority, I can make time for my well being with exercise, prayer and even a bit of reflection time worked in.
But even so, I have to work at making myself take the time to do what is right and good for me. And I’m always glad that I did.
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 priority in my life, guess what? It’s not going to happen. I can think about and ponder something ’til the cows come home (yes, an old saying that really dates me!), but it is my actions that make it happen. And I am responsible for that.
I 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
It can be so frustrating when a family member, friend, spouse…anyone who holds a special place in your life…is not communicating. Maybe there is a specific reason, and maybe not. It really doesn’t matter.
A healthy person is willing to reach out and open the lines of communication. The response is not guaranteed, and in fact, you might not get a response at all. But you made the effort. And you can sleep well knowing that you tried.
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, 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.
I would love to hear your thoughts! Feel free to comment in the section below.