FEMALE INFERTILITY HAS MANY FACTORS

Infertility means being unable to get pregnant after at least one year of trying (or six months if the woman is over age 35). Infertility results from female factors about one-third of the time and male factors about one-third of the time. If a woman keeps having miscarriages, this is also called infertility. Female infertility contributes to nearly 50 percent of all infertility cases.

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UNDERSTANDING DEPRESSION IN WOMEN

Depression is a common but serious mood disorder. It reveals itself through symptoms such as hopelessness, pessimism, irritability, guilt, helplessness and decreased energy or fatigue lasting at least two weeks or longer. About twice as many women as men experience depression. Several factors may increase a woman’s risk of depression.

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RECOVERING FROM A HEART ATTACK

What happens now?  That is a question you could ask after surviving a heart attack.  How do you take care of yourself afterwards so that there is no repeat?  According to Family Doctor (www.familydoctor.org), a heart attack happens when part of the heart muscle is damaged or dies because it does not receive enough oxygen. The blood in the coronary arteries carries oxygen to the heart muscle. Most heart attacks occur when a blockage slows down or stops the flow of blood through these arteries.

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Wear clothes that make you feel good:

Dress in a way that flatters your figure. Choose colors that make you feel more confident.


Affirm positive thoughts:

When you hear negative voices in your head denegrating your body image, reframe those thoughts with positive ones. Remind yourself that you are a worthwhile person and you are taking good care of yourself.


Treat yourself:

Instead of listening to the voices in your head, become more in tune with your physical body and listen to its needs. Do you need more sleep? A relaxing bubble bath? A glass of cold water or an energizing walk outside?


Positive body image doesn’t happen immediately, but continuing these practices over time will help you reframe the way you view your body.

How do you feel when you look in the mirror? Do you feel confident and comfortable in your body or shameful and insecure? It’s easy to find flaws when you’re trying on new clothes or taking a serious look at your physique, but the way you perceive your body makes a huge difference in your mental health and the way you show up in the world. Height, shape, weight – all your physical features are under your own judgment, and your attitudes toward them make up your body image.


A positive body image means you have a clear and honest perception of your physique. You see your body as it is rather than labeling its parts good or bad. A person with a positive body image accepts her body’s shape and size and recognizes the separation between physical appearance and her character and value as a person.


Negative body image occurs when a person has a distorted perception of her physical nature. Someone with negative body image likely feels shame, anxiety and insecurity about her shape, size or features.


Having a healthy body image is an important part of mental wellness, but as we start internalizing messages about our bodies, it’s easy to develop a negative body image. This can lead to serious issues such as depression, low self-esteem and eating disorders. In fact, research shows body dissatisfaction is the most common contributor to developing anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa.

BODY IMAGE MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN MENTAL WELLNESS

MICHELLE CHALKEY

Michelle Chalkey is a Des Moines-based freelance writer specializing in health and lifestyle topics. She enjoys helping businesses communicate their messages through blogging and effective storytelling. Connect with Michelle on Facebook or check out her blog for helpful tips on the writing process and productivity.

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If you have negative feelings about your looks, here are some healthier ways to think about your body:


Celebrate your body:

Take a moment to think about all the things you enjoy doing with your body, such as dancing, walking your dog, laughing, eating. Appreciate the way your body allows you to experience fun activities. The fact that your body is capable of such movement is a blessing in itself; not everyone is so fortunate.


Make a list of all the things you like about yourself:

This list shouldn’t be about your physical features. Instead, focus on the inner qualities you like about yourself. Read this list often and add to it as you come across new things.


Choose to be around positive people:

Surround yourself with people who are generally positive. Spend your time with people who build you up and accept you the way you are. Positive energy is infectious.