Here are Melanie’s Ten Easy Tips To Taking Care of Yourself to Stay Fabulous
1. Hydrate: Drink plenty of healthy fluids avoid dehydration. Your skin will say “thank you”
2. Gyrate: Get moving. Daily exercise is beneficial for boosting your energy and maintaining a healthy weight which is important for your overall health.
3. Masticate: Eat healthy, wholesome, unprocessed foods in small portions. Think green, lean, less fatty meat, more healthy oils, less processed foods for starters. Learn to eat well to live well. Think of food as the fuel your body needs to keep functioning and make sure that fuel is clean and healthy.
4. Drink alcohol in moderation. There are many conflicting reports: Moderate alcohol consumption can increase the risk of breast cancer in women. Moderate alcohol consumption can help decrease the risk of cardio vascular disease I women. A basic rule of thumb is this. Limit alcohol intake to one glass of wine a day if you are a woman. And if you work in the wine business (like me!) try to drink in moderation and make sure what you drink is great quality!
5. Be kind to your skin: Wear sunscreen daily. Moisturize for your skin type. Exfoliate but don’t overdo it. And don’t self treat the problem. It can worsen the condition. If your skin has a breakout or rash, seek the advice of a licensed dermatologist rather than trying to fix the problem yourself.
6. Turn off the computer; tune out the TV and get some sleep. Sleep is one of the most inexpensive and effective beauty treatments around.
7. Don’t smoke or take recreational drugs and practice safe sex. Get your highs from exercise and better sex (safely) with the right partner. Or pursue a new passion or hobby to stimulate your creative side.
8. De-stress for success. Smiles will open doors for you. Stress will shut you down. I truly believe stress contributed to my cancer and, looking back, nothing that stressed me out in the years leading up to my diagnosis really matter any more.
9. Be vigilant about your health screenings and checkups. Annual mammograms should start at age 40. Examine your breasts every month. If you see or feel something, don’t wait to see a doctor to examine you.
10. Make quality time for yourself and your loved ones. It’s not selfish to put your well being first; it’s smart. If you want to live a long life to enjoy with your husband, partner or children, then start with making your health and well being a priority.
Melanie Young is author of the just released book, “Getting Things Off My Chest: A Survivor’s Guide to Staying Fearless and Fabulous in the Face of Breast Cancer” (Cedar Fort Inc./$16.99) Available nationwide in paperback and ebook. Follow Melanie @mightymelanie and www.melanieyoung.com