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.
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, 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.
I would love to hear your thoughts! Feel free to comment in the section below.
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39 thoughts on “How to be a Healthy Woman – Five Healthy Things to do Every Day”
I love it & totally agree!!! 🙂
I need to work on some of these. Making time to exercise and making phone calls to friends and family. Thanks for the reminder.
Thanks so much for reading, and taking the time to comment, Julie, I really appreciate it!
Loved your Read, today…..Actually, Enjoy ALL of your Blogs…..Thanks, for Inspiremystyle. Dianne
Thank you for being such a faithful reader, I really appreciate it! xo
How refreshing and much more useful than the usual (1) exercise; (2) meditate, (3) drink 8 glasses of water kind of thing!
Thank you, Shari!
Hi Candi so well written and I totally agree with all of your five points. Although most of them aren’t difficult, sometimes we just let life dictate the terms instead of us making the running. I love the photo of you and also admire your outlook on life. We have so much in common and I’m so pleased to have connected with you. Have a lovely day!
Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond
Thanks for stopping by, Sue, hope your day is wonderful as well!
So important, each one of these. Most days I wake up with the idea to love and help those around me. I walk almost every day. I reach out to my family and some of my friends. I love my husband! I sit at the computer and work on my novel, finding the right words, enjoying the process. I’m a lucky woman.
Yes, you are blessed for sure. Thanks so much for stopping in and for sharing!
P.S. Candi, thanks for linking up at #MLSTL and helping us all to feel healthier each day. xx
Such a great list, and it never hurts to be reminded. I totally agree that our thoughts, words and actions are ours to choose, and we need to choose wisely.
Yes we do! Thanks for stopping by, Agnes
Great post – sharing!!
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Thank you so much, Donna!
That’s a really powerful list – and it’s so important to focus on different areas of our life – not just our physical health – mental, emotional, relational health are also vital too. The last one about reaching out to loved ones is something I’m trying to get right atm – not reaching too often, but not waiting for them to make the first move either.
Thanks for linking up with us at #MLSTL and I’ve shared this on my SM xx
Leanne | Cresting the Hill
Thanks for sharing Leanne, I really appreciate it!
So true – where we put our focus and our thoughts as we start the day can really set us up for a good one or bad one. Thanks for the reminder!
You are very welcome, Cathy, thanks so much for stopping by!
So very true. I think the most important thing is to try to brush off any negativity from your life. Wake up each morning with positive thoughts & a smile 😊
Absolutely! Every new day is an opportunity to start fresh with a positive outlook:)
I needed to read this today! My to do list is always overflowing. I should think of my own needs as important items, too! I am good about working out, I get up at 5am M-F to do that. But, it seems more like a chore than a fun item!
Yes, your needs are very important! Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by, Carrie!
Reaching out is something I tend to put on the back burner. This is a good list of ideas.
Thank you Victoria, I’m glad you stopped by to have a read 🙂
Yes Candi you nailed it. Start morning with a healthy happy habit, keep lines of communication open, and take responsibility for our thoughts/actions. I hope you keep telling us this until the cows come home.
I’ll do my best, Verla. Thanks for stopping in!
Those are some lovely thoughts, thank you for sharing them! I agree, too many people take their lives for granted, as if we will live forever. We need to be more grateful for what we have.
Yes, I wake up every morning and thank the Lord for the new day and all that I have been blessed with. Thanks so much for stopping by, Jane!
Candi, great list! Under “time for my physical well being,” I also include eating well. Sure, I have the occasional treat, but I concentrate on nutrition first.
I agree, Jean. Nutrition is always a part of physical wellness, although I also sneak a treat or two at times! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
Love it! Personal responsibility and gratitude are the keys to happy healthy lives. Keep reminding us all of this!!
Great post. I definitely need to work on a few of these.
What a great list, Candi! I absolutely love that you started off with gratitude.
I think that is the foundation of our perspective on life. Thanks for stopping by, Wendy!
I agree – when I start the day off with a feeling of gratitude, I’m so much more likely to have a successful day! Thank for you these fantastic reminders!
I feel the same, Sarah, thanks so much for stopping by 🙂