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 The World Health Organisation recommends that women have a role to play in managing their health and increasing their self-sufficiency.

Lack of self-care teaches you the hard way, with feelings of depletion, resentment and isolation being your day-to-day emotions.

Here are a few items you need to get for yourself to keep the visits to the doctor less frequent as you get older.

Fitness tracker

Maintaining a healthy body weight becomes more challenging once a woman turns 30. Reduced metabolism due to a slowing thyroid is mainly to blame.

Fitness trackers have evolved to become more sophisticated, with portable wearable technology gadgets that help you track your fitness journey and promote a healthy lifestyle. They function as your fitness personal assistant.

You can monitor your heart rate to get an idea of how many calories you burn throughout the day, and it reminds you to get physically active when you have been sedentary for a long time.

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You can adjust your diet according to your fitness goals and adhere to a healthy routine. Some fitness trackers can be integrated with your smartphone to enable you to view your activity log and receive notifications.

You can find fitness trackers online and in local supermarkets with prices starting as low as Sh1,200.

Meditation app

The Ministry of Health estimates that one in every 10 people suffers from a common mental disorder. The number seems to increase to one in four people among patients attending routine outpatient services.

Depression and anxiety disorders are the most common mental illnesses.

Why do you need a meditation app?

Life stressors can disrupt sleep patterns and increase blood pressure and fatigue. Meditation has been shown to bring significant mental health benefits, including fighting stress, anxiety and depression.

Its popularity is increasing all over the world as many continue to realise the benefits of training the mind to focus and redirect thoughts. And since meditation works best when it is habitual, a mobile application can help you on this journey of emotional self-care and developing a more positive outlook on life.

Mobile applications such as Headspace, Calm, Zen and Mindspa are available on Playstore.

Fruit infuser water bottle

Adequate hydration is essential to keep fluid levels up to optimum functioning of body systems.

Hydrating helps the kidneys to get rid of wastes, lubricates our joints, helps in digestion, regulates body temperature and keeps the skin healthy and young. You will know you are drinking enough water when your urine has a pale straw colour. Dark-coloured urine indicates the need for better hydration.

A fruit infuser water bottle will make healthy hydration much easier. You can infuse your water with the flavours of fresh fruits and herbs. The fruity flavours are a tasty way to stay healthy and hydrated, increasing your energy levels and facilitating detox.

It is ideal for carrying along with you at work, at the gym or even for encouraging children to drink more water. If you are looking to cut down on unhealthy soft drinks, the fruit infuser water bottle is one way to go about it. Fruit infuser water bottles can be obtained at household shops, supermarkets and online shopping platforms with costs starting from Sh1,500.