Every May, we celebrate Women’s Health Month. To us, the health of everyone is important—but it’s every May that we get the often-needed reminder to reflect on and talk about the mental and physical health of our mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts, grandmothers, and female friends.
Make time to care for yourself
According to a Harvard Business Review report, “77% (of women) don’t do what they know they should do to stay healthy because, according to 62%, they lack the time.”
We see it often. Women prioritize the health of their family, but not always themselves. Every member of your family is worthy of the best care! Practice self-care, keep up with routine preventative care appointments, and seek the help of a health professional as early as possible when you suspect a health concern.
Self-care and seeking care for health concerns
There’s an important differentiation to make between self-care and healthcare, and that is the fact that one is done for yourself by yourself and the other is done with the help of individuals who are specially-trained to do so!
Healthcare professionals have spent years learning about the body, how it works, and what to do when it’s not working in the way it should. These people are committed to helping us not only maintain our health, but prevent problems as well. So while self-care is equally as important, trust the professionals with your overall health and treatment of health problems, like varicose veins.
Women’s health is important…
We only get one body—treating it with respect, care, and unconditional love will help it live longer.
Most of us have been familiar with the basics of taking care of ourselves ever since our parents and elementary school teachers drilled it into our heads: exercise and eat right! Seems simple enough. But what about for those of us who struggle with health conditions like vein disease? The aching and pain of varicose veins may make it seem impossible to keep up with demands of everyday life, let alone a healthy level of physical exercise. And standing over the stove for 30 minutes to cook a healthy dinner at the end of a long day? Forget it!
A crucial step towards living a healthier life is recognizing and acknowledging symptoms of a medical condition. For instance, venous insufficiency often goes undiagnosed or is ignored –sometimes even for years before the sufferer seeks treatment. Why? These are the most common excuses we hear from our patients as to why it took so long to come see us:
- “I didn’t think it was bad enough yet to get treatment.”
- “I couldn’t find the time to commit to treatment.”
- “I wasn’t really sure what the problem was or who to even see for help.”
- “I thought maybe it would go away on its own.”
But, like most medical conditions, venous insufficiency and varicose veins don’t go away on their own. And while both men and women can suffer from vein disease, it is more likely to develop in women.
Do you have untreated varicose veins? Celebrate women’s health month by taking care of yourself – call Miller Vein. Together, we will create a comprehensive care plan for your condition and achieve the level of health your body deserves.