The last chapter of 2020 has closed, and we look to a New Year filled with optimism for a better tomorrow. The 2020 book left us all wanting a “do-over.”
It’s important to remember that good health and wellness continues to take center stage and plays a vital role for all of us for 2021 and the decade ahead.
From global awareness to community-based outreach, women’s health remains a critical focus within the medical community. There is no better time to campaign for a stronger tomorrow, and there is no better year than 2021 to get started.
Why the horizon looks brighter?
COVID-19 brought the world-at-large to a standstill in 2020, but the horizon looks brighter as science has shown what we hope will be an amazing impact on saving lives. Our medical professionals continue their dedication to improving lives through new initiatives and advancements for healthier futures for all women.
Although the 2021 book is being written, women of all ages can do their part to improve overall health and well-being. Each woman has her own approach to living her best life, but we can empower others to join a healthy living challenge.
How to improve health for 2021?
If the year 2020 taught us anything, it was to take our health seriously and not let our guard down. There are several steps that women of all ages can take to improve their lives according to the government office on Women’s Health.
- Take care of your mind and body.
- Talk with your health care provider regarding your 2021 health goals.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Get and stay active
- Eat heart-healthy
- Take care of your mental health by staying connected with family and friends.
- Find healthy ways to manage stress.
- Practice good sleep habits.
- Monitor alcohol intake
- Look out for your lungs – try to quit smoking or vaping.
- Do your part to help stop the spread of COVID-19
Planning for a baby in 2021?
For those couples hoping that 2021 will be the year to welcome a baby, there are a number of steps you and your partner can take now to prepare according to fertility professionals.
- Schedule a preconception appointment with your OB/GYN.
- Hone in on your fertile window.
- Focus on a pregnancy diet.
- Make sure your male partner is preparing as well to keep healthy.
- Make stress management (integral to self-care) part of each day.
How to stay healthy and connected?
As you start 2021, there are some great tools to keep you connected and guide your journey.
- Use a monthly wellness planner to get you started, stay focused and on track.
- Schedule your yearly health checkups with your OB/GYN.
- Schedule all your regular medical screenings.
- Use today’s technologies from personal health apps, remote monitoring, Telehealth, virtual appointments and patient portals to stay current on your healthcare regimen.
The ACOG has an excellent patient resource web page for every stage of life or talking with experts in women’s health.
The 2021 chapters are still being written, but we can start this book off right for a healthier future.
The information on this site is intended to raise awareness, and understanding of specific health issues. It should not be used for diagnosis, or a substitute for health care by your physician.