Life in balance

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Embrace your emotions

With everything you do, you may not be surprised that stress and "wanting more 'me' time" are among women's top health concerns.

Remember, you don't have to do everything. Taking breaks can help you stay healthy and give you time to pursue your passions. Ask for help when you need it from supportive family members and friends.

Ready, set, relax

Photo of 3 women on the beachWhen you're running errands, it's easy to get caught up in your to-do list. Sometimes, all it takes is doing something you enjoy every day — a movie, an hour in the park, or a hobby — with your family and friends. Other times, you may need to do more to tame your stress. Here are a few suggestions to help you relax and recharge:

Get moving. Exercise can relieve tense muscles and boost your energy.

Meditate. When you slow down, you can sharpen your focus.

Chill out. Try a few simple relaxation techniques, or create your own personalized stress management program.

Prioritize. Do the most important things first, and save the rest for later.

Learn more ways to feel your best and become more balanced.

Love the body you have

Feeling good about your appearance can be vital to your health and happiness. If you're unsatisfied with your shape or size, comparing your body negatively to others or feeling awkward or anxious about your body, learn what you can do to look and feel your best.

Reach out for help

If you or a family member has an emotional challenge — a relationship problem, depression, or anxiety — check out our mental health center to get facts and treatment options. Learn more about our mental health services.

Everyone deserves a safe relationship. If you or someone you love is being abused, hurt, or threatened, talk with your doctor or another person you can trust, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), or visit thehotline.orgKaiser Permanente is not responsible for the content or policies of external Internet sites, or mobile apps.. The hotline is free, confidential, and available 24/7. Support by text is available for teens and young adults from loveisrespect.orgKaiser Permanente is not responsible for the content or policies of external Internet sites, or mobile apps.. Text LOVEIS to 22522.

Reviewed by: Juanita Watts, MD, April 2016

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Reviewed by: Brigid McCaw, MD, December 2018