EMMA International is continuing to celebrate Women’s Health Week! While there are so many reasons Women’s Health Week is important, one of the best things to come out of this week is the attention it brings and the reminders that we should all consider our health and take steps to ensure a healthy future.
It is important for women and girls to remember to take care of themselves and prioritize their health, especially during the COVID-19 outbreak. Though it is important to keep your body moving and stay physically active, it is just as important to prioritize your mental health. Stress went up during the COVID-19 pandemic while healthy behaviors went down, so taking some time to find support that helps manage your stress is just as valuable as exercise. Some things you can try to help with stress management could include meditation, reaching out to friends and family, or making time to unwind with other activities you enjoy. If you are feeling overwhelmed, it is important to know the signs of stress in yourself while also knowing how to relieve stress and when to get help.1
While it is harder for many to get out and enjoy being physically active while still following social distancing guidelines, the CDC released some great tips for how to stay safely active from home! Some of these tips include finding exercise videos online to follow, as many of these will not require any special equipment and can help to build strength and keep you active in your own home. They even say you can utilize items around the house, such as full water bottles or canned goods, to help with any strength training you are working on.2
Staying active while staying safe is becoming easier with technology improvements, as well as more videos and apps being released every day to get you up and moving. Additionally, digital health applications are on the rise amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Did you know some of these apps can even be considered a medical device? SaMDs are becoming more popular, and if you are wondering if your software is classified as a medical device, you can call us today at 248-987-4497 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to know more.
1SAMHSA (2014) Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks retrieved on 5/6/2021 from https://store.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/d7/priv/sma14-4885.pdf
2CDC (2021) Celebrating Women’s Health Week! Retrieved on 5/8/2021 from https://www.cdc.gov/healthequity/features/nwhw/index.html