Whether it’s at home, at work, or in the community, women have the power to make the world a better place. Women take on a lot, and during these extraordinary times, this is truer than ever. This makes self-care today even more important than usual. Because when women center their own well-being, they’re recharged, ready to take on the world, and able to empower others. It’s like a stone thrown in the water, sending ripples radiating ever outward.
We asked three experts and leaders in the natural medicine industry, women’s health, and nutrition to share their thoughts on the importance of self-care, women’s wellness, and the women who inspire them.
Q: Sometimes we feel selfish making self-care a priority. In your practice, how have you seen self-care impact women’s abilities to positively impact the world, in small or big ways?
Dr. Jensen: In my practice, most of my female patients were constantly tired and stressed due to the increasing demands of juggling work and family, which didn’t allow them any time for themselves. I suggested that they make appointments with themselves, and to actually schedule it as they would a doctor or dentist appointment and not cancel the appointment should something else come up. The goal was to allow them some personal time for whatever was important for them to take care of themselves – even a simple walk in nature or coffee with a friend. If someone is tired or stressed, most of the time it becomes harder to carry out daily responsibilities both physically and mentally, and it affects everyone in the family. So, I consider self-care a necessary and positive step that has a big impact in a woman’s individual world.
Dr. Schauch: When women take better care of themselves, we see the impact they have on their loved ones – children and spouse – as well as their ability to positively contribute to society, their workplace, and to their co-workers. This creates more positive movement and energy on a larger scale. I think this is especially important when we see this impact young children in a positive way.
Q: What are your top 3 wellness tips for women to be able to leverage their unique powers at home, at work, and in the world?
- Do what you love and find your passion
- Create a gratitude journal
- Be present and mindful
Q: What woman in your world has made an impression on you with her ability to use her strength to positively impact the lives of others?
Dr. Rhéaume: My sister, Robin. In 2010, at the height of a lucrative career in banking, she left to pursue her passions for helping others. She has assisted with a wide range of non-governmental agencies that aid women, support equitable treatment of disadvantaged and disenfranchised people, as well as animal welfare groups.
She created and curated a street photography project of over 500 pictures and profiles of people in her community, in which she humanized people who are often overlooked or stereotyped in affluent society. She is currently leading a successful initiative to clean up plastic waste from the beaches of her adopted hometown.
Dr. Schauch: I would have to say my mom – she is such an inspiration. She is such a strong, kind, and amazing woman who always puts others ahead of herself.
Natural Factors is committed to helping women take care of themselves, by providing wellness solutions you can count on. When you’re feeling your best, you have the physical and mental wherewithal to get out there and make a difference, whether it’s for one person or for many. In the right hands, power is a beautiful thing.
KATE RHÉAUME, ND
Dr. Kate Rhéaume graduated from McMaster University and completed her professional training at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, class of 2002. She followed with a two-year residency during which she taught classes and supervised at various teaching clinics.
KAREN JENSEN, ND
Dr. Karen Jensen was in clinical practice for 25 years and although she is retired, she continues to write books and educate on the naturopathic approach to wellness. She is author or co-author of seven books, her most recent is Women’s Health Matters: The Influence of Gender on Disease.
MARITA SCHAUCH, ND
Dr. Marita Schauch is the author of two books Making Sense of Women’s Health and Collagen Myths & Misconceptions. She also co-authored The Adrenal Stress Connection. In addition to her clinical practice, she lectures across North America educating people on positive lifestyle choices.