Women’s health is a huge field of study. I know for a fact that I’m going to be spending the rest of my life diving into books, taking classes and reading blogs so that I can serve my patients and readers in the best way possible.
But so much of women’s health is distant, clinical and detached. We talk about everything from self-care to postpartum care without actually talking about the women themselves – who they are as people and how their every day lives impact their overall health and ultimately, our treatments.
So I wanted to try something new with this blog. I wanted to talk to women out in the world about how they saw natural women’s health, their own self-care and seasonal living. I got a wild idea (no pun intended) to reach out to women in all walks of life so we could have a conversation about natural reproductive health.
The first “guest” on my Women in the Wild series is Hedy Zhou. Hedy
is a graphic designer specializing in branding and web design. She has experience in marketing, and has also founded several businesses as well.
Without further ado, let’s see how Hedy approaches her own self-care and natural living:
Seasonal living is a huge part of living naturally. What season do you most identify with and why?
I would say that I identify with summer the most. The warm weather in general, suits me best and I enjoy it the most. There are so many wonderful outdoor activities you can do as well, from canoeing to hiking. I also love summer food and the taste of organically grown food (from the garden).
How do you interact with spring? How do you bring spring into your lifestyle, diet and fitness?
I like spring because it is like a fresh start. I love seeing the flowers blooming and everything coming back to life. In the spirit of “renewal” or “rebirth”, it’s this time of year where I set new goals (fitness, work, etc.).
How do you interact with summer? How do you bring summer into your lifestyle, diet and fitness?
In the summer, I always spend as much time outdoors as I can. I love going hiking and having other outdoor adventures. I grow my own vegetables, so it’s really nice to have fresh veggies for meals.
How do you interact with fall? How do you bring fall into your lifestyle, diet and fitness?
The biggest thing for me during the fall is to just appreciate the beautiful outdoors. I love going to the river valley and taking in the gorgeous view of the ravine and falling leaves around me.
How do you interact with winter? How do you bring winter into your lifestyle, diet and fitness?
The thing I love about winter is the “cozy” feeling-hot chocolate, blankets, and a good book. Since there’s winter break, I unplug from everything and just live life in the moment!
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Holistic medicine is a matter of finding health body, mind, and spirit. How do you take care of yourself physically?
I exercise as often as I can. I also love doing yoga and pilates. It’s so relaxing, and it’s always nice to stretch your limbs after working and sitting the whole day.
Sometimes, if possible, I will spend a day off at the recreation centre and swim, workout, and do other fun classes.
How do you take care of yourself mentally?
I must admit, this is the one that’s hardest for me. I think the key to this is to manage your time well, give yourself breaks, and prioritize.
When life is in it’s low points, I always make sure to find someone to talk to. Just having someone you can vent to is incredibly important. You can’t just hold negative things inside.
How do you take care of yourself spiritually?
I would say having reflection time throughout the year. I also pray and read the bible as regularly as I can.
What is your favorite self-care activity?
I love using face-masks and giving myself a mini spa day. I put on classical music and the background, and just relax for a while. It’s rejuvenating!
If you could give one piece of advice to women everywhere on taking care of themselves, what would it be?
I would say time management is key to giving yourself ample relaxation time. If you want to lessen stress, make sure you use your time productively and don’t procrastinate! Then, make sure to give yourself me-time.
Interested in sharing your story of health and wellness?
Hedy Zhou is a graphic designer specializing in branding and web design. She has experience in marketing, and has also founded several businesses as well. You can visit her website at hedy-zhou.wixsite.com/hedyzhou, where she blogs about graphic design, productivity and entrepreneurship.
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Disclaimer: I am an acupuncturist in the state of Minnesota, and the information falls within my scope of practice in my state. However, unless I have directed you here as your homework I am probably not your acupuncturist. The information in this post is for general purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. As always, check with your own acupuncturist or primary care provider before making any lifestyle changes. This post does not create a patient-practitioner relationship and I am not liable for any losses or damages resulting or relating to the content in this post.
Jessica Gustafson is a licensed acupuncturist in St Paul, MN specializing in women’s health and fertility. She loves working with patients through the Health Foundations Birth Center on Grand Avenue in St Paul as well as doing home visits in the Twin Cities area. Check out the services page for more information!
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