Mental Well-Being For Women

Mental well-being is characterized by a sense of being in control of one’s emotions and behavior, a sense of confidence and high self-esteem, a sense of happiness and contentment, a sense of meaning and purpose in life, the ability to have fulfilling relationships and the ability to cope with life’s stresses and bounce back from adversity. Mental well-being strongly impacts one’s physical health and overall sense of well-being.

As women, we have an inclination to put everyone else first before ourselves. However, it is important to look after ourselves first, to ‘put on our oxygen masks first’- this is not only in our own interest but also in the interest of those whom we care for and those around us.

Some tips to improve one’s mental well-being:

1) Look after yourself.

a. Get enough sleep: most people need seven to eight hours of sleep.
b. Eat healthy, focus on a balanced nutrition.
c. Exercise daily to build stamina. Aerobic exercise is important, combined with stretching and weight training.

2) Get some sunlight daily. This impacts mood and overall health.

3) Limit the use of alcohol; avoid smoking and other drugs of addiction.

4) Practice a relaxing yet energizing activity such as yoga, meditation, etc.

5) Engage in a creative activity you like: painting, writing, gardening, dance, music etc.

6) Make time for fun stuff. Watch a funny movie, go for a walk, listen to music, read a good book, or talk to a friend.

7) Keep learning. Learn a new skill, join a class, take up a new hobby. Stay connected.

8) Invest in close friendships.

9) Make time for spirituality.

10) Practise mindfulness i.e. deep, meditative focus: If done with ‘mindfulness,’ simple activities such as organizing and cleaning closets can become very relaxing activities.

11) Gratitude and appreciation: Make time to think about the things you are grateful for. Enjoy the sunset, practice deep breathing, take a moment to pay attention to what is good and positive in your life.