National Women’s Health Week

National Women’s Health Week is May 10th through May 16th. This is a great time to evaluate your health and set goals for yourself!

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many are finding it difficult to get motivated to exercise or to eat a healthy diet. Exercise is a great stress reliever and during these trying times, setting a new exercise goal could help improve your overall wellbeing too! While at home you can utilize at home workout videos online or take a walk outside on a nice day while maintaining social distancing. The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of exercise per week which is equivalent to 30 minutes of exercise a day for 5 days per week.

Mental health is another important part of your overall health. With anxiety and depression spiking during the pandemic, it is important to remember there are many resources you can access from the safety of your home. There are meditation and wellness apps you can access on your phone, as well as, virtual visits with therapists that can help you work through any concerns you may have. Checking in with your mental health is just as important as your physical health!

Your annual well woman exam is another way you can stay up to date on your routine health screenings. At the annual exam, your provider will discuss recommended screenings including pap smears and mammograms. We are now resuming routine well woman visits in the office. Now is a great time to check when your last annual exam was and schedule an appointment to stay on top of your health!

Here at Capital Women’s Care Bethesda, we want you to know we are here for you during this difficult time. Aside from opening up availability for well woman visits, we will continue to offer virtual appointments for those who prefer this option. We hope you are staying safe and healthy and we look forward to seeing you in our office soon!

Author
Morgan Wilkerson, PA-C

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