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7 Ways to Get Mentally & Physically Healthier

When women gather, the conversation often turns to health -- both mental and physical.

Sleep quality, weight loss (or gain) struggles and changes to body shape (and associated self-esteem issues), depression, mood swings, the impact of pregnancy or menopause, anxiety about a job, health concerns, or caregiving pressures (kids and aging parents)...all are on our minds.

A billion women report spending the day in physical pain! The full report is at the link below.

You are not alone!

When we discuss these topics, others often reassure us and offer helpful recommendations.

This month at SOS, we focus on everybody and every BODY—at all stages of life.

A great online gathering is happening on June 27th. We hope you'll join us.

In the interim, here are some great resources and people who now focus on women's health.

1.      First, make sure you have great local or telehealth providers who REALLY understand women's bodies and the stages of their lives. Be an advocate for your own health, and don't allow your doctor or other health professional to convince you that a problem is all in your head. Here are the types of health care professionals every women needs in her care circle and the types of questions you should ask when screening new providers.

2.      Leverage technology to better understand your body clock. Devices like Oura Rings, smartwatches, and others give you insights into your personal "norms" and identify external factors that may interfere with your sleep and moods.

  • A new AI-powered initiative is bringing women together to understand and tackle issues around menopause.

  • FemTech is projected to become a $50B industry by 2025.

  • This list of FemTech companies to watch contains solutions for all life stages and health issues.

  • Online mental health resources enable people to find therapists, support groups, and referrals.

3.      Fashion brands are also developing creative solutions around women's needs to live their best lives.

4.      Be sensitive to your employees' and co-workers' health needs. If the people you work with seem to be struggling, encourage candor, but respect others' privacy. See below for ways to encourage healthier workplaces.

5.      Sexual health (your own and that of your partner) shouldn't be ignored. We have more resources at our fingertips now than ever before. Google away without shame!

6.      If you have daughters or younger relatives, teach them early about their bodies and encourage them to develop healthier living and eating habits. Body image issues and too much screen time are among the factors that can significantly impact girls' and teens' health. Be the role model they want to follow.

7.      Above all, make time for self-care. Women may prioritize their jobs, families, and other personal and work obligations over their own imperatives, such as doctors' appointments, health screenings, and sleep/relaxation.

Join us for frank and helpful conversations about our bodies, minds, and business this month!

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Remember to join us on June 27th and watch this space for a personal story about one of our Board members who faced a health scare and the aftermath.

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