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7 activities to prioritize your health and wellbeing

A group of women standing with a lake view behind them

May 12-18 is National Women's Health Week and we are bringing attention to the importance of taking small steps to prioritize the mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health of women and girls. Here are seven activities recommended by the WISE team that you can do to take care of your health and wellbeing.

1 -Take time off

This is your reminder to take a vacation. You deserve a break. Our Parent Encouragement Specialist, Zamzam Dini, says, "Even if I need to work on the weekend, I ensure I have at least one full day off every week to recharge and spend time alone."

2 - Cook fresh meals for myself

Ordering takeout or dining out is highly accessible these days but make sure you balance that out with some good 'ole home cooked meals. "I like knowing exactly what ingredients I use in my meals and I always feel good after eating something I cooked," says Pakou Khang, Communications and Development Manager.

3 - Practice my faith

Get in touch with your spiritual side! Executive Director, Pamela Zeller, takes time to practice her faith and spirituality in order to care for her mental and spiritual wellbeing.

4 - Talk with someone I trust

Processing your emotions with someone can really help you understand your experiences. See Lee, our WeLEAD Program Coordinator, prefers processing her experiences with someone that she trusts in order to give her a new perspective and honest feedback.

5 - Take a walk

It's always a good idea to get some fresh air and exercise. Our Healthy Relationships Program Coordinator, Ayman Mohamed, says, "One activity that I like to do to take care of my well-being is to take long walks by the water. During my walks, I like to listen to a podcast or some music. I found that taking these walks really helps me unwind and practice being mindful."

6 - Practice meditation

Meditation is a great way to clear your mind and relax your body. Start with a 5-minute meditation or breathing exercise and then work your way up! Meditation is our SVP Coordinator, Kohpa Vang's, favorite way to de-stress.

7 - Explore new places

Sometimes a change in scenery is just what you need. GGAL program coordinator, Jess Miano, enjoys going out to explore new places with her camera; she also likes going on walks outside with her family, friends, and dog.


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