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As a young woman, adult life can be hard to get your head around. The fact is that it’s not easy adapting to the many aspects of adult life – there’s just so much to learn. From finding that perfect job to meeting the parter of your dreams, there’s a lot of pressures to navigate, and a lot that you are most likely thinking about.
The good news is that while adult life can come with a lot of stresses and strains, what it’s important to realise is that with the right ‘rules’ to live by, you can make ‘adulting’ far simpler and easier for yourself. The key aspect that you should focus on is a simple one – your health. You see, far too many women neglect their health, when this should be the one thing that comes before anything else.
You’ve heard the saying ‘health is wealth’, well it’s most certainly true. If you don’t have your health, what do you have? The fact is that it’s your job as an adult to take care of your health, because if you don’t, then no one else is going to do it for you.
Of course, knowing how to look after yourself is not always an easy task, as there’s a lot that you need to consider and take into account. However, below are some useful tips and pieces of advice that should help you to make taking your health more seriously, a little easier and less stressful.
Be safe in the sun (and on sun beds)
We all love to get a tan – it makes us feel happier and more confident – but what it’s important to remember is that there’s a darker and more sinister side to tanning – skin cancer. The fact is that skin cancer is extremely common in women, especially women who use sun beds on a regular basis, which is why taking steps to protect yourself is of the utmost importance.
If you are going out in the sun or are using a sun bed, ensure that you are wearing plenty of sunscreen. The fact is that even if you want to tan, you can do so through sunscreen. Sun damage doesn’t only cause skin cancer, it can also increase the speed at which you skin ages, due to invisible damage being caused. So if you want to stay looking youthful for longer, wearing sunscreen is an absolute must.
Get enough sleep
It’s far too easy to spend hours binging on Netflix or going out for drinks with the girls until late on a regular basis, but the fact is that if you don’t get enough sleep, your health will suffer as a result.
According to research, a lack of sleep not only causes tiredness but it can also cause weight gain, stress, depression, and it can lower your immune system, which is why getting plenty of sleep is so crucial for your health.
To stay healthy (and happy), aim to get at least seven to eight hours of sleep per night. You will so much better for it, and your health will thank you!
When it comes to your relationships – whether they’re long-term or short-term – it’s important that you play it safe. The fact is that one silly mistake can have a life-long impact, so it is essential that when it comes to being intimate with a partner that you are always as safe as you can be.
It’s a good idea to be on birth control as soon as you can, to ensure that you are being safe. Of course, if you do have any slip ups, don’t panic, just be aware of what options you have, such as taking the morning after pill – you can find plenty of information on the morning after pill online, should you need it.
Take self-care seriously
Far too many women fail to take their mental wellness seriously, and as a result don’t practice self-care like they should do. It’s important to understand that it’s okay not to be okay – don’t be ashamed if you feel down, it’s perfectly fine.
What is important is to know how to make yourself feel better, and how to ensure that you are as happy as you could be. By taking simple steps, such as making time to relax and unwind, exercising reguarly, and seeing your friends, you can boost your mental health significantly. Make self-care a priority and your mental health will thank you for it.
So there you have it, all of the female health tips that every young woman should know.
This is a collaborative post.