The reasons make sense. Added stress. Less money for routine health care. Less money for organic foods and preventive supplements. More concern about the children than about ourselves.
In fact, even up to 10 years after the divorce, SOS women report 37 percent more physical illnesses than other women.
And that doesn’t even include the emotional illness of depression.
So what can we do to take care of ourselves? Our children depend on us and in order to move forward in life, we need to pay attention to self-care.
Let’s start with some questions:
- What obstacles are preventing you from good health care?
- How can you be persistent in caring for yourself?
- How can you better treat yourself with respect regarding health and self-care?
- What does the Bible mean when it says your body is a temple? (1 Corinthians 3:16)
- What one small change will eventually change everything?
Answer these questions and then share your answers with a trusted friend. Or you can email them to me at RebeccaT@GWHope.org.
Check out some of the clinics in your area that help the uninsured or underinsured. They often provide low cost and sometimes free health care.
Meet with the social worker at your local hospital. They know about resources and foundations that may provide grants for single moms.
Make one phone call today and set up an appointment with your doctor, dentist or ophthalmologist.
Take a walk or run up and down a set of stairs. Do it tomorrow and the next day and the next. Make some sort of exercise a routine practice.
Park farther out in the lot so that you have to walk extra steps.
Invest in a cute outfit for working out and some good shoes. Sometimes just looking good helps us do what is good for us.
Give up one day of junk food each week.
Drink more water.
In the comments, let us know what you did this week to jump start better health.
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