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Lessons I Learned at the National Institutes of Health

I'd had the honor of attending the 20th anniversary celebration of the founding of the Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH). Vivian Pinn, M.D. (the associate director of ORWH) is a member of Shape's advisory board—and is the driving force behind women getting the recognition they deserve in the field of medicine, science, and health.

 

But along with great scientists and doctors speaking, actress Cicely Tyson also spoke. I am beyond impressed with her wisdom and wanted to share some of her insights with you:

 

1) Negative thoughts are destructive to health. If we wallow in it, we'll become it. The Bible says, "As a man thinketh, so he is." We are what we think just as we are what we eat.

 

2) Listen to your body. Find moments to be with you. Visit with yourself. Go for a walk, go for a swim.

 

3) Eat right. You wouldn't take a Rolls Royce and fill it with inferior gas. Don't do this to your temple.

 

4) Take care of yourself as a woman. Think about what the flight attendant says on the plane (that we often ignore): "If you are traveling with an elder or a child, put your oxygen mask on first." How right this is. If YOU can't breathe, you can't help anyone else to breathe. This applies to practically everything we do in life. We as women are the master caretakers. We're are always taking care of everyone else but ourselves and that needs to change.

 

5) Get sleep

 

6) Exercise your body and your mind and your soul.

 

7) Drink lots of water. When I get up, I drink 4 glasses of water. I drink at least 64 ounces of water a day.

 

Simple advice but well worth remembering.

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