Women’s Health Week 2017 – Isn’t it time you put yourself first?

Isn’t it time you put yourself first?

Generally speaking, women are excellent at caring for others, but we often put ourselves last with the biggest barrier for women not maintaining a healthy lifestyle being a “lack of time.”

Gladstone Women’s Health Centre is using Women’s Health Week – from September 4 until September 8 – to help local women recognize that you cannot pour from an empty cup: the health of the ones we love starts with us and by investing more time in ourselves, we are better able to look after the ones we love and care about.

Daily free events put the focus on women at every age and stage of life and asking: “Isn’t it time you put yourself first?”

Kicking off with an Open House at the Women’s Health Centre’s new base at 20 Tank Street, the opening event gives you a chance to check out their new premises, from 4.30pm until 6pm.

Relocating from the familiar old building in Derby Street was needed to enable the centre to increase its capacity. Demand for services has increased partly in response to changes in Gladstone’s demographics and community. Renovations made possible by a generous donation by the Queensland Curtis LNG (QGC) give the centre a fresh new look as well as moving closer to other services for referral and to public transport.

Tuesday’s event, “Ab Fab after Forty” offers great advice for women entering middle age on how to deal with the different issues facing women as they grow older:

“It’s about how as you hit forty, the different ways our body changes. We cover everything from physical health and nutrition, heart health to sex and libido, birth control, heart health, emotional health during menopause,” Women’s Health Centre director Sarah Olsen said.

“One of the specialist speakers is Dr Lola Kerr from the Gladstone GP Superclinic – she’s awesome – who answers any questions women may have about their reproductive health. She usually gets peppered with questions,” Ms Olsen said.

Mindfulness takes centre stage on Wednesday from 930am – 230pm with women invited to try a free mindfulness seminar “Positively Optimistic”. The theory behind mindfulness and its accompanying therapy,  ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) is that instead of dealing with sadness and pain by banishing negativity or smothering it with self-affirmations, by facing these thoughts with openness and curiosity you will, in time, loosen their grip.

This kind of therapy has been proven to be more effective than antidepressants and some conventional pain-relief medication in dealing with chronic conditions. It is also very effective in treating women dealing with addictions, a topic which will be covered in depth during Wednesday night’s workshop (from 530pm – 7pm) about the deleterious effects of alcohol and drugs on women.

Mindfulness combines perfectly with meditation, yoga, tai chi and relaxation techniques also offered at the Women’s Health Centre as part of their holistic approach to well-being. Friday is Holistic Health day at the centre all year round, but especially during Women’s Health Week, with free hour-long workshops where you can try pilates, light therapy, therapeutic massage and other holistic techniques.

So during Women’s Health Week, make time for yourself and visit one or all of the Gladstone Women’s Health Centre’s free events to make positive changes that could improve your health and well-being well into the future.