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Keeping Your Aging Mind Healthy During National Women’s Health Week

By Rheyanne Weaver HERWriter
 
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National Women’s Health Week is coming up May 12-18, 2013 and it’s an important reminder for women to take their mental and physical health seriously, not just for this one week, but for an entire lifetime.

The official National Women’s Health Week website lists the top five steps women can take to stay physically and mentally healthy throughout their lifetime:

1) “Visit a health care professional to receive regular checkups and preventative screenings.”

2) “Get active.”

3) “Eat healthy.”

4) “Pay attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress.”

5) “Avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet, and texting while driving.”

There are also many tips from experts to help women age gracefully and stay mentally healthy throughout all future health weeks to come.

Lisa Bahar, a marriage and family therapist, contributed to a chapter of the eBook “50 Years Young – Women’s Health, Fitness and Life Guide,” which includes her “10 tips to achieve balance and health at age 50 and beyond.” Here are a few of her tips that can help you stay mentally healthy for a lifetime.

1) “Live in the Moment. I work with clients teaching what we call Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills, which includes Core Mindfulness skills. The goal of Core Mindfulness skills is to learn how to be in the moment and allow yourself to be fully present to what is.”

2) “Have a sense of humor … Being able to laugh at how ridiculous this life party is, can be of great help, particularly when you are distressed and it feels like things are pretty bad. There is something very healing about seeing things from a humorous perspective, looking at life as though it is a tapestry of coincidences and knowing ultimately, how you experience it, or perceive it, is up to you.”

3) “Practice Radical Acceptance. Learn how to accept change, which is bound to occur. It is hard to believe, but nothing stays the same, you can count on that. The key is to learn how to accept that, even if you don’t agree that something changing is for the good.”

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