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If you’re a woman and have read Proverbs 31, it can be a bit intimidating! Here are a few descriptions of what a “virtuous woman” can do:

“She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast
for her family and organizing her day.”

“She looks over a field and buys it,
then, with money she’s put aside, plants a garden.”

“First thing in the morning, she dresses for work, rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.”

“She senses the worth of her work,
is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.”

“She’s skilled in the crafts of home and hearth,
diligent in homemaking.”

“She designs gowns and sells them, brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops.”

And these are only a few in a long list of tasks!

The plate of today’s typical woman is also a full plate. Considering family, work, church, and community responsibilities, it’s easy to get into a Superwoman Syndrome by being all things to all people—but putting our health last.

National Women's Health Month

May is National Women’s Health Month. And, the week of Mother’s Day, May 11-17, is National Women’s Health Week. This year’s theme is: “It’s Your Time.” It’s your time to take care of your health—starting with a checkup. As moms and daughters we make sure that our children and elderly parents get their yearly checkups, but we tend to neglect our own.

According to Dr. Peg Miller, director of the Women’s Medicine Collaborative: “Many women feel pulled in multiple directions with the many roles and commitments they have in their lives. The traditional role of wife/mother makes taking care of others the priority. Even women who do not have a domestic partner or children often play the ‘caregiver’ role in some capacity within their circle of family and friends (for example, caring for aging parents, a sick friend or neighbor).” She also states that: “Women often feel overwhelmed and taking care of their health seems like one more ‘job.’ And if they do take the time, they often feel guilty afterwards.” 1

Why not make May the month you start taking better care of your health? Be sure to get daily exercise. Too busy? It will actually give you more energy! Eat a balanced, healthy diet by preparing a menu a week in advance. Make sure to get adequate sleep. I know, you think, “It can’t wait until tomorrow.” But then “tomorrow” you’re exhausted and that day suffers. And take time to do something fun and relaxing for yourself on a regular basis.

Most importantly, if you haven’t had your yearly check up, get it this month. You may not think that you have the time, but if there’s something going on inside your body, you’ll want to know about it so you can take the steps to fix the problem.

We must make time to take care of ourselves so we can be here for those we love and care for.

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By Nancy Canwell. Copyright © 2014 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture excerpts from Proverbs 31,THE MESSAGE BIBLE ©.

1 http://www.sheknows.com/health-and-wellness/articles/959563/why-women-dont-take-care-of-their-health

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