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Self help tips on mental wellbeing especially for women
Wellbeing is a state of feeling good about ourselves and the way our lives are going. We experience wellbeing when we are physically and mentally well, spiritually awake or connected, and feel that our life is worthwhile and has purpose. Feelings of contentment, enjoyment, confidence and engagement with the world are all a part of mental wellbeing. Self-esteem and self-confidence are too.
Below are five tips that can really help boost mental wellbeing:
• CONNECT: Connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships.
• BE ACTIVE- Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life. Take a walk, go cycling, or play a game.
• KEEP LEARNING– Learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. Eg. cooking course, playing musical instruments.
• GIVE TO OTHERS– Even the smallest act can count, whether it is a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Volunteering at your local community is best.
• BE MINDFUL– Be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the mind around you. Some people call this awareness or “mindfulness”. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.
Signs of depression women should look out for:
• Persistent sad, anxious, or empty mood.
• Loss of interest or pleasure in activities, including sex.
• Restlessness, irritability, or excessive crying.
• Feeling of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness, hopelessness, pessimism.
• Irregular periods.
When can stress get bad for your health:
When reacting to stressors, the body releases hormones such as cortisol which causes a temporary increase in energy production, sometimes at the cost of other bodily process not required for immediate survival, such as digestion and immune system function. In women, these hormonal changes impact bodily processes in unique ways, which can lead to short and long term health problems.
- Reduced sex drive
- Irregular periods
- Acne breakouts
- Hair loss
- Poor digestion
- Weight gain
- Decreased fertility
- Increased risk of heart disease and stroke