• Stephanie Haywood

2019 Has Arrived! Here's How to Make It Your Best Year Yet

The New Year has already started to gain traction, and if you haven’t made resolutions yet, that’s okay. You don’t have to wait for 2020 and the hindsight it will bring. But forget fad diets. This year, focus on the woman you want to be. This means taking control of your physical and mental health and reminding yourself each day that you are strong, you are enough, and you can do anything. All you have to do is take charge.

A Healthy You

Start the year off right by scheduling an appointment with each member of your healthcare team. This should include your primary health care provider, gynecologist, and dentist.

In fact, your dentist plays a bigger part in your overall wellness than you give her credit for. Not only do these professionals keep your mouth healthy and your teeth intact, but they can also screen for other potential health issues. For example, if you’ve been dealing with bad breath despite brushing and flossing, your dentist may recommend screening for diabetes, kidney disease, or liver problems. Further, poor oral health has been linked to depression, which can have a significant impact on every aspect of life. If you haven’t been to the dentist since the Obama administration, it’s time make an appointment.

Your primary care physician and your gynecologist are likewise important and can help you circumvent any emerging issues that could bring your grind to a screeching halt. Kotex notes that a good gynecologist will have the education, experience, and expertise you need. A gyno may specialize in prenatal care, menopause, or infertility, and will make you feel comfortable talking about the unpleasant aspects of your reproductive or sexual health.

Another major issue specific to women is breast cancer. Dr. Maggie A. Smith offers advice on how to detect breast cancer early and why it’s so important for women, especially WOC. That link takes you to a long video, but it’s one worth a bookmark and view when you have time.

A Confident You

It’s time to embrace everything that makes you unique. When you lack self-confidence, it’s harder to achieve your goals and almost impossible to live your best life. Spend some time writing out a few of what Plexus calls “I am” statements. These are positive affirmations that can help you focus on your best qualities instead of fixating on your worst.

One way to inspire confidence in yourself is to set small, realistic goals that you can achieve quickly. It doesn’t have to be extreme, but it should be something that’s important to you and serves a purpose. And don’t count out the confidence that goes along with a good outfit. Dress in a way that makes you feel good whether it’s a business pantsuit or a pair of form-fitting jeans.

A Stress-Free You

We know that stress is just part of life, but there are things you’re stressing about that don’t make a bit of sense. Let’s talk about negative people, for example. You don’t need them. They are just going to bring you down an invite negative thoughts and emotions into your life. Let go of the negative influences and surround yourself with positivity. As a woman, you have enough self-imposed stressors; don’t let outside influences add to this burden.

Finally, remember to do things that make you feel good. This could be something as simple as waking up early to work out or taking a trip by yourself. Whatever you choose, do it with confidence and the knowledge that your health and happiness depend on the harmony you create. Make this year your year and you’ll be a better woman for the rest of your years.

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