Workplaces around Australia this week are taking part in the annual Women’s Health Week, a yearly initiative dedicated to raising awareness of women’s health issues. Not just focused on physical health, this national event aims to provide health information, resources, and care to support women’s physical health and emotional wellbeing. Here are  some of our favourite quotes from female health advocates around the world to inspire your own good health journey:

“Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life. Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it is often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction and life paralysis.” – Brene Brown

“The one habit I changed first was sleep. I went from 4 – 5 hours, to 7 – 8 hours.” – Arianna Huffington

“You have been criticising yourself for years. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” – Louise Hayes

“Being a healthy woman isn’t about getting on a scale or measuring your waistline, and we can’t afford to think that way. Instead we need start focusing on what matters – on how we feel, and how we feel about ourselves.” – Michelle Obama

“The gut is the seat of all feeling. Polluting the gut not only cripples your immune system but also destroys your sense of empathy, the ability to identify with other humans.” – Suzy Kassem

“You always have to remember to take care of yourself, first and foremost. Because when you stop taking care of yourself, you get out of balance and you really forget how to take care of others.” – Jada Pinkett Smith

“As parents, we have the responsibility and the power to create a foundational love for nutritious foods that will influence our children’s choices for decades to come, setting the stage for our children, grandchildren, and future generations to flourish in wellness and health.” – Leah Borski

So no matter where you are on your own health journey, whether your focus is on self-care, physical health or body image, you can find a large number of resources, promotions and stories to assist you. And if you would like to host your Women’s Health Week event in your workplace, check out the Women’s Health Week website to register.