Fall is around the corner, and it is the perfect time for soup, reading a great book and for me, it also means starting my preparations for a new year that is soon around the corner. This year started tough for me with so many deaths in my family and it really hit me hard emotionally but also physically. This combined with turning my big fifty and not being where I wanted to be physically has made me realize that my health needs to take the front row in my life.
I am excited about this October health edition as we have some great topics and we got to feature some great local doctors who will teach us a little about our bodies. Normally August is Health & Wellness Month, but I enjoy covering this topic in October because I can wrap it around all other health topics such as Cancer, Domestic Violence, and Mental health.
People including myself always say “health is wealth” but we do not practice what we preach. Do you know what health & wellness really means? Health refers to a state where the physical body is free from disease, while wellness refers to an overall balance of a person’s physical, social, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, environmental, and occupational well-being. It is important to not neglect any of these areas.
It is important to do several physical checkups annually and follow up with the doctors’ orders. Also, make sure to tell your doctor any mental concerns you have. It is important to take care of yourself. In this edition, we include a self-care checklist. It is important to take care of yourself.
Especially us women as we put our spouses, kids, and jobs as our number one priority, and we forget to fill our cups. A bubble bath will not take all your problems away, and neither will eating a whole pint of ice cream, it may even hinder your health more. It is important to get enough sleep, take a nap when you need it, set boundaries from toxic people, and for heaven’s sake, ask for help when you need it. Check out our list and I as well will be practicing what I am preaching. Now go schedule your checkups.
Rosa J. Parra
Founder and Editor of Palo Magazine