Female Resources to Stop Smoking

The decision to stop smoking is both very difficult and very personal for many women. Most everyone is familiar with the health risks that accompany lighting up a cigarette, but few know the immediate benefits of quitting. When you decide to stop smoking, you’re already taking the first step towards a healthier mind and body. Here is some information for any woman who would like to break the habit of smoking.  

When you decide to stop smoking, healthy improvements can begin in as quickly as 20 minutes! Many changes will happen when you decide to stop smoking. Some you will be able to see over time, like glowing skin and whiter teeth, but others will be internal or mental. You’ve probably heard it said that women can find it harder to quit smoking than men. To help you stop smoking, here is a list of resources that will be especially helpful for women who would like to give up cigarettes.  

These are what the experts say might make it difficult for women to stop smoking. It can be a good idea to familiarize yourself with these in order to make a plan that is right for you.  

  1. Many women worry they will be missing out on social time if they give up cigarettes. Smoking is often social, and while cigarettes can be hard to give up, no one wants to miss out on time with friends. When you decide to give up smoking, make time to be with friends in a non-smoking environment, and maintain your social circle.  
  2. Gaining weight is another concern that women often have. Smoking can sometime ease the effects on anxiety or stress, and some people turn to food as a way to combat stress when the option to smoke is gone. When you decide to quit smoking, be mindful of the ways you handle your stress in the future. It can be easy to grab a snack to quickly feel better, so try to have healthy snacks on hand or use methods like meditation and exercise. 
  3. A major deterrent that women might feel is the possibility of starting back up with cigarettes after you’ve already made efforts to quit. This can and does happen, and it doesn’t mean you are a failure. Quitting smoking is very hard, but it is never too late to try again. The benefits you feel can be re-achieved! 

Online Resources for Women to Quit Smoking 

For a full list of health benefits check out this website run by the United States Government.   
 
It can be difficult to quit smoking. For a list of helpful tips to try out, check out WebMD. These tips are especially for women, so you can create a strategy for yourself that can help!  
 
If you’re interested in hearing directly from other women who have stopped smoking, then check out this interview, or try speaking someone you’re close to who has made the same decision.  

Everyday Health Dangers to Avoid

As much as we like to believe the things we buy and bring into our home are perfectly safe and healthy, new research and findings are always being conducted that may make you want to throw things out! This is especially true when it comes to food, beauty, and how we get around. Below is a list of three simple ingredients to be aware of so that you can make the best decisions for your health.  

Talc 

Talc has been widely used for generations of women of all ages. But recently, has been found to be potentially dangerous, and a possible cause for ovarian cancer, but most women still use it every day in their cosmetics and personal care, sometimes without even realizing it. Check your powdery cosmetics like eye shadows and powders, and read the ingredients list for talc. It’s usually the first ingredient! Although talc is usually linked to ovarian cancer, women need to be careful about applying a carcinogen no matter where on the body. 

A lot of studies are linking the health concerns surrounding talc with asbestos. These two materials are usually mined in the same places and look very similar.  No matter the exact cause, as long as we don’t know which talc is contaminated with asbestos and which isn’t, it’s best to throw away the makeup and seek out alternatives.  

Parabens   

This word has seemed to crop up a lot more recently, especially on makeup and personal care things. A lot of women have been asking “What are these?” Basically, a paraben is a preservative, and these ingredients can cause disfunction in the hormonal systems of the body, especially with estrogen. This is especially concerning to women because estrogen is a major hormone in our bodies. These days, most labels will proudly say if they do not contain parabens, so it’s good to check the labels. 

BPA  

BPA compound usually found in plastics. BPA was thought to be harmless for many years, but. recently, BPA has been been linked to fertility problems and other health conditions. Because it is an ingredient in many hard plastics, it’s been used in close proximity to foods for many years, especially in reusable containers and water bottles. Although some studies report that BPA is harmless, many people are choosing to limit their exposure. To decrease exposure, it’s important to be sure that the reusable materials you buy don’t have BPA in them. Most labels will say if the item does not contain BPA, and if you can’t find that on the label, it’s best to find a different product. 

Bad Health Habits to Avoid

Everyone is very busy in this day and age, especially women. It can be difficult to stay on top of your health all of the time, and very easy to slip on taking care of your health without even realizing it. We all have bad habits that get worse with the stress and hassle of everyday life. Don’t wait until you get sick to start taking care of your health! Here’s a list of common bad habits and how to avoid them for better health!  

Smoking  

Smoking can cause many negative side effects to your health and environment. Some effects might seem more superficial, like a dull smile. Other effects can seriously impact your health. Smoking makes it harder to breath, and can increase your chances of developing many different diseases. Second-hand smoke can also affect the people and pets around you. For more information about the dangers of smoking and for ways to help you quit, visit WebMD’s page for women wanting to give up smoking

Drinking Alcohol to excess  

A cocktail at a party can be the perfect way to start a girls night, and lots of people have fun pairing wine and food to make a meal taste even better! But did you know that lots of women are drinking excess these days without even realizing it? Lots of people know the risks of overdoing it, but it’s possible to drink too much too often without developing an addiction or dependence. This is on the rise in America, especially in young women ages 26-35. You might be among them and not even know it. Even if you don’t form a dependence on alcohol, you could still be damaging your health and increasing your likelihood of developing certain types fo cancer or heart disease. Being more thoughtful with how much we drink and how often could benefit us all.  

Not Taking Proper Care of Your Skin  

We are all guilty of not giving our skin the TLC it needs. Do you sleep in your makeup? Forego the sunscreen? You may be seriously neglecting your skin! Aside from the beauty benefits, there are a lot of health benefits as well! When you apply a sunscreen, you lower your chance for skin damage and even some cancers like melanoma. Keeping your face clean and moisturized at night is also a boost to your immune system. Plus, a nice facemask is a great way to relax and unwind to lower the effects of stress. Taking care of yourself goes a long way for health and beauty too!   

Not Drinking Enough Water  

If you have constant headaches throughout the day, or find yourself groggy mid-afternoon, you may be dehydrated. With something as simple as drinking more water throughout your day, you could be more on top of things and even feel better. If you don’t like to drink just plain water, then don’t worry! You can also drink tea or milk. Prefer to get your hydration through foods? Frozen berries are perfect for the summertime, and a hearty bowl of oatmeal in the morning is a surprising way to reach your water goals. 

Not dealing with stress  

Stress kills! Heachaes, digestive problems, and even heart attacks can come from unmanaged stress. It is vitally important to take care of yourself, but sometimes life can get out of hand and run away from us. For those reasons, it’s important to have something specific that you can rely on in times of stress, whether it’s meditation, drawing, resting, or talking it out. Making art or working with your hands can be a good way to de-stress, and it feels good to improve a little each day and have something to show for it! 

Not staying up to date with your health 

We’ve all heard that it’s important to get our flu shot, and we’ve also heard the concerns that for some years the flu shot isn’t as effective as it is others. The fact is, there are many different diseases that we group up under the name “flu” and just because a shot is effective in protecting you against one doesn’t mean it will keep you from catching something else. Although no one expects to die from the flu, these diseases kill people every year, many of them very young or very old, and for that reason alone it’s important to keep yourself properly innoculated against common diseases. When you have a vaccine, you’re not only protecting yourself, but the people around you like infants that can’t get shots yet. If fewer people are catching the flu, then fewer people are spreading the flu as well, and that keeps everyone safer and healthier.  

Touching Your Face and Mouth  

Our hands are the way we pick up and touch the world, and for that reason they come into contact with a lot of dirt and gross germs throughout the day. One of the reasons we wash our hands after using the restroom and before we cook or eat a meal is to make sure that we’re not carrying the germs with us and getting ourselves or other people sick. Additionally, touching your face can cause acne or excess oil buildup. Also, lots of people bite their nails, and can get themselves very sick because of that. Washing your hands regularly can prevent so much sickness and promote health and cleanliness. Don’t just get your hands wet after the bathroom, and don’t assume that hand sanitizer can solve the issue! Soap your hands up and wash the dirt away with warm water whenever you have the chance, but especially before meals!  

Self-care is important now more than ever, and prioritizing your health is a must, especially if you are busy!