Damaging Health Mistakes Older Women Tend to Make
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There’s no point in kidding ourselves – Growing older is sometimes not fun and we often resonate with the statement “where it isn’t for sissies”.- especially for women. The smokey makeup we used to look just fabulous in just “doesn’t cut it now”, the beautiful clothes we wore only a few years probably don’t fit, and don’t even mention how difficult it can sometimes be to walk up the stairs. Part of the reason for this is that most women don’t take proper care of themselves. After all, when you have a family to look after, chores to compete, and a job to do, health just doesn’t seem that important. To avoid making your life harder, here are ten health mistakes to avoid.
- Catching Too Many of Those Damaging Rays
Most women yearn for that perfect glowing tan, especially throughout the summer months. However, if you spend hours under the sun or a tanning bed to achieve this look, then you’re putting your health at risk. As well as aging your skin prematurely, this process exposes you to harmful UV rays, leaving you with a greater chance of developing skin cancer. Remember to wear sunscreen every day you leave the house and stick to a tinted moisturiser or fake tan. Being away from the heat of the day – such as in the early morning or fairly late in the afternoon is good advice to take on board.
- Avoiding Important Health Checks
When you don’t feel sick, and your schedule is jam-packed, taking a trip to the doctors can seem like a waste of time. But, that doesn’t mean that it is. Annual checkups are necessary at any age, but, as you grow older, and certain illnesses become more common, they’re even more vital. Although you may feel healthy right now, many diseases don’t start to show symptoms until they’re in their late stages. Going for a checkup gives doctors a chance to diagnose them early.
- Wearing Heels Every Day
A fabulous pair of stilettos can make any outfit look that much more stunning. Unfortunately, wearing these killer shoes every day of the week can prove to be a pain, especially in your feet. High heels have been found to be the cause of a number of foot-related problems, including damage to the nerves and bone. They can also cause aching and pains in the back and neck. For this reason, you should switch to a flat shoe and wear heels on special occasions only.
- Slacking On Your Exercise
The older you get, the more responsibilities begin to pile up, especially when you have a full-time job, children, and even grandchildren who need your time and attention. When all of these responsibilities make your life overwhelming, cutting out exercise can seem like the easiest solution. Your daily workout, however, is one of the more important things on your calendar. No matter how busy you are, you need to make time for exercise, or your health will suffer.
- Ignoring Signs Of Stress
Stress is something everyone faces now and then, but some women have more stress to deal with than others. If you work a particularly challenging job, for example, or care for an elderly relative, especially one with dementia, then you’re going to have a hard time relaxing most days. Instead of ignoring your stresses, you need to find ways to manage them and prevent them from developing into more serious issues. Professional support can be a huge help with this.
- Continuing That Smoking Habit
After spending so many years or decades of smoking, you might think that quitting now is impossible. Thankfully, that isn’t true. While it may not be easy, there is much more support available these days to help you kick your habit, from different therapies to nicotine-replacement products. All you need to do is the treatment or combination of treatments that work for you. Smoking is an incredibly damaging habit, but you’ll start to feel healthier from the moment you quit.
- Eating Out Every Meal
Cooking can take up a lot of time, which is why no one would blame you for ordering a takeaway or eating at a restaurant now and then. It’s when these small treats become regular or even daily occurrences that the problems begin. Eating out like this is costly, but it can also be harmful to your health. After all, it’s impossible to know exactly what goes into your food. To make cooking easier, you should prepare and freeze meals during your spare time and then heat them up later.
- Staying Awake All Hours
When you’re young, it’s a lot easier to run on just a few hours of shut-eye. As you get older, however, sleep becomes much more important. This is why you should ditch the late nights and get into healthy sleep habits. Cut caffeine out of the afternoons so that it doesn’t keep you up at night and replace it with chamomile or peppermint tea. You should also aim to head to bed and wake up at around the same time every day. This gets your body into a regular sleep routine.
- Following Every Fad Diet
Social media is a permanent figure in our lives. As much as we like to complain about the younger generation constantly typing away on their phones, few of us can deny that we do it too. One of the biggest issues with social media are the celebrities sharing their latest cleanses and diets, which they swear help them to keep their beautiful figures. More often than not, these diets just don’t work. The only way to lose weight and keep it off is to actually put the work in.
- Hiding Away At Home
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to spend a bit of time on your own. In fact, if you have a hectic schedule, you can actually benefit significantly from a little “me time”. However, you shouldn’t spend all of your days cooped up at home. Humans are social creatures, and, as such, require social interaction for happiness and good health. With that in mind, you should try to make plans with your loved ones regularly and get out of the house at least once every day.
Your health is important, so take it seriously by avoiding the mistakes listed above.
Deborah Hunter Kells
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