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Tips On Taking Care Of Yourself This Fall

Family out during Fall

If you’re like the majority of women, you tend to prioritize the health of others over your own. This habit is probably only made worse with the onset of Autumn. You start your day rushing to get your partner and children out the door warm and bundled up. You may eat breakfast on the run or skip it entirely. Late nights are often combined with early mornings, leaving you short on sleep. All of these habits mean you get left dead last in your priority list—this Autumn’s time to make a change. 

Tips On Taking Care Of Yourself This Fall

Taking care of your health is essential, especially if you’re a caretaker. You can’t help all those people that rely on you if you don’t take care of yourself. Below are several tips for Fall and all year round that will keep you at your best.

  • Quit Smoking – We cannot stress this enough. It is the single best thing that any smoker can do to help them stay healthy.
  • Annual Wellness – Your yearly check-ups aren’t optional if you want to stay healthy. Visiting your doctor each year means you’ll be able to catch developing problems early. Conditions like breast and colon cancer have high survival rates when caught as soon as possible.
  • Sleep – Lack of sleep has been identified as the source of numerous concerns. Getting enough sleep boosts mental acuity, battles signs of aging, and keeps you working at your best.
  • Avoid Midday Sun – While getting enough sun is vital for natural Vitamin D production, getting too much is risky. Avoid being outside without SPF 30+ sunscreen between 10 am-2 pm.
  • Exercise – Exercise has numerous benefits. Among them are a boosted immune system, elevated energy levels, and maintaining bone density. Even better, it’s the single best way to help shed unwanted pounds.
  • Eat Right – While you’re getting out and staying active, why not make some healthy diet choices? Getting the right vitamins and minerals comes with all the benefits of working out.
  • Dress For The Weather – Make sure your wardrobe protects you against the elements. In periods where weather changes can happen frequently, you want to dress in layers. This will allow you to accommodate heat and cold, indoors and out quickly.

These are just a few of the tips you can use this time of year, and all year round, to keep healthy. Personal care is a vital part of being an active caretaker, so don’t put yourself last.  

Team With Your Women’s Health Care Provider

Want to know what else can help you stay healthy this Autumn? Schedule your next regular appointment with your women’s health provider. Their expertise means they can provide valuable insight into helping you stay healthy and active. While you’re at it, arrange for your annual health check. These check-ups are critical to maintaining good overall health and avoiding long-term concerns. This holiday season, be sure to take a few extra steps to maintain your physical and mental health. You’re worth it.

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Victoria M. Petty, MD

Dr. Victoria M. Petty is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has practiced in Bucks, Montgomery and Mercer counties for nearly 25 years. Her practice at Bucks County Women’s Wellness focuses solely on gynecology services. Dr. Petty attended the University of Pennsylvania where she completed her undergraduate and medical education. 

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