It is Women’s Health Week 3 – 7 September and the focus is making our health our number one priority. Most of us think about our general health and fitness. We keep up with mammograms, cervical screening and general health BUT are we really looking after our mental health?
As part of Women’s Health Week promoted by Jean Hailles the focus for Wednesday is Mental Health and we are reminded:
your timely reminder to invest in your own mental wellbeing and put yourself first. Learn how to protect your mental health, how to be kinder and gentler on yourself and make positive changes that last.
Putting the Me back into Mental Health
Mental health still appears to have a stigma attached to it, and we feel inadequate if we need to ask for help. We also probably relate mental health to various conditions such as depression. However, I was reading more about mental health on the Beyond Blue website and discovered that many of us actually misunderstand the meaning.
According to the World Health Organization, however, mental health is “a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”
So rather than being about ‘what’s the problem?’ it’s really about ‘what’s going well?’
I have written often about Mental health and well-being so today I have put together some of my previous articles which will help to get you started on really taking care of yourself.
- Relaxation Techniques for Good Mental Health
- Nourish your Mind & Body for GoodMental Health
- The Mental health benefits of Unplugging for a Day
- 5 ways to improve your mental health, today
- Liptember Targeting Women’s Mental Health Issues
Remember, we all get the ‘blues’ occasionally or life gets tough, that is perfectly normal.
BUT THE IMPORTANT MESSAGE is to reach out and get professional help if you can’t overcome these feelings.
If you feel someone is struggling, why not ask them: RU Okay?
What can you do to improve your Mental Health today?
How do you maintain your mental health and wellbeing?
It isn’t too late to sign up for Women’s Health Week – will you make your health your #1 priority?
Let’s Keep Sizzling!
Resources for more information or if you need help: