Actionable Mental Health Tips for Women

Introduction

We get it: When you're focused on caring for others and making sure everything is perfect, it can be hard to remember that you need to care for yourself as well. But don't worry; we’re here to tell you that taking care of your mental health doesn't mean being selfish or lazy! It just means taking the time for self-care every day so that you can feel good about yourself, whether that means working out or getting enough sleep or meditating or whatever else makes sense for your body and mind.

Know that you're not alone.

You are not alone.

You’re not the only one who has faced challenges, struggled with mental health and been told to “just be positive.” You certainly aren't alone in being human and having moments when you feel overwhelmed, confused or just plain sad.

Know that you have a community of people who support your journey; they may not always be around but when they are, there's no better feeling than knowing that someone believes in you, understands what you're going through and wants to help.

Remember to take care of your physical health.

If you've ever been to therapy or have read any of Dr. Phil's books, then you know that self-care is important. While it may seem like a lot of work—and believe me, it can be—it's worth remembering that your body is the only one you have in this life (so far).

But how do you take care of yourself? What does taking care of yourself even mean? We'll get more into this later, but for now let's just say that taking care of yourself means making sure that all aspects of your physical health are taken care of: eating well; getting enough sleep; exercising regularly; maintaining personal hygiene (I'm not talking about showering here—more on that later). If these things are being prioritized by someone who has their act together enough to start keeping track in an app or journal or something like that, then there's no reason why they shouldn't also be priorities for us!

Exercise is an important part of mental health.

Every woman knows that exercise can be great for your physical health, but did you know it's also a good way to improve your mental health? Here are some ways that working out can help with your mental well-being:

  • Exercise helps reduce stress. Studies have shown that regular exercise helps relieve stress and anxiety by increasing endorphins in the body. It's even been shown to help people sleep better because when we're sedentary, our bodies produce less melatonin—a hormone that regulates sleep patterns.

  • Exercise enhances self-esteem and body image. When you invest time in making yourself feel good through exercise, it shows up in other aspects of your life too! You'll look better naked so go ahead and wear those cutoffs with pride (and no shame).

  • Exercise helps manage depression and anxiety. People with depression often experience fatigue or low energy levels due to poor sleep habits or medications they may be taking; however, exercising can improve these symptoms by releasing endorphins into the bloodstream which makes us feel happier overall!

Eat well and stay hydrated.

  • Eat well and stay hydrated.

  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and refined sugars.

  • Stick to whole foods that are mostly plants like fruits and vegetables (which also happen to be full of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, fiber and water!). These plant-based foods are low on the glycemic index—the lower it is the better—and will keep you feeling fuller longer since they take longer to digest than other foods that cause blood sugar spikes which can lead to cravings (cravings = more junk food).

  • Drink lots of water! You’re probably supposed to drink 8 glasses per day anyway but there’s no harm in drinking more if you need it!

Try what works for others.

If your best friend says that she finds a particular activity to be relaxing, try it for yourself. Sometimes, we don't know what works for us until we try it.

Don’t be afraid to ask your friends and family for help if you're feeling stressed out or anxious. And don't be afraid to ask them to leave you alone if they're stressing you out! It’s important that we be able to set boundaries with other people when necessary in order to make sure that our needs are being met—especially when it comes to mental health needs!

Do things for yourself that make you happy.

  • Do things for yourself that make you happy, even if they are hard.

  • Don't feel guilty about doing things for yourself.

  • Remember to take care of your physical health as well as your mental health.

  • Examples of things you can do for yourself: yoga, meditation, reading a book, going on a walk in nature (if possible), spending time with friends or family members who make you happy, taking a bath with lavender essential oils in it—the possibilities are endless!

Prioritize relationships that build you up and make you feel good about yourself, even if they are hard work sometimes.

  • Prioritize relationships that build you up and make you feel good about yourself, even if they are hard work sometimes.

  • Find people who will laugh with you, support you, and believe in your dreams.

  • Spend time around those who make you feel like the most important person in their life—even when it’s just for five minutes a day.

Find support in healthy places.

You need to find support in healthy places. This means getting support from people who are positive, supportive and encouraging.

If you need a therapist or counselor, find one. You might also want to talk to your friends and family about what's going on with you, especially if they've been through similar experiences before. If that's not an option for some reason (maybe their own mental health issues prevent them from being useful), join a support group at church or temple! Or go running with someone else who also has anxiety—you'll be able to bond over that shared experience as well as talk about ways of coping with it more effectively together.

Make time to relax and be still, even if it's just a few moments here and there each day.

There’s no doubt that being a woman can be stressful. There are so many expectations and standards to live up to, and while it may seem like you have no time for yourself, there is actually a lot of value in making space for relaxation.

Taking a few minutes out of each day to relax can make all the difference in how you feel about yourself and the world around you. Even if it feels like there isn’t enough time for this kind of self-care practice, try incorporating some simple ways to slow down into your daily routine: take a bath or shower with essential oils, set aside some time for yoga or meditation before bed every night, walk outside (or just around the block) during lunch break instead of sitting at your desk eating an unhealthy meal from vending machine…the possibilities are endless! These little moments add up quickly over time and will improve both your mental health as well as overall wellness.*

It might seem impossible right now due to circumstances beyond our control but that doesn't mean we can't find ways to increase our energy levels by taking advantage of what resources we do have available.*

Keep a journal to help you remember everything you love about yourself and your life.

  • Keep a journal

  • Record your thoughts, feelings and experiences. If you're feeling stuck in your head, start writing down what's going on inside of it. This can be helpful in understanding yourself better so that you can make healthier choices for the future. Write down the things in life that make you happy, whether they are big or small—and keep track of them! You deserve to feel joy in all aspects of your life—no matter how big or small those parts may be! Writing down what makes us happy helps us remember those wonderful things when we are feeling less than our best. It also gives us an opportunity to reflect on how blessed we actually are so that we don't take these things for granted.

If you focus on caring for yourself, your mental health will improve.

When you're trying to improve your mental health, it can be easy to get caught up in the negative aspects of life. In fact, most people are so focused on what they don't like about themselves or their lives that they forget how great they truly are.

While this tendency is understandable, it's also important not to lose sight of the positives in your life—which should include how talented you are at being human. We all know that humans have flaws, but we don't often think of our own specific qualities as being worthy of praise (especially when compared with those around us). But if you start focusing on these positive traits more often and reminding yourself that they exist and matter, then self-esteem can improve significantly!

In addition to thinking about what makes ua awesome (the answer is everything), we’ve been doing some research into other things that have helped other women feel better about themselves after experiencing depression or anxiety symptoms.

Conclusion

Remember that mental health is just like physical health—it's something you need to take care of. You can't expect it to be perfect, but you can make sure to take steps in the right direction to improve your mental well-being. If you've been neglecting your mental health and feel like you need some help, reach out! There are so many resources available today for women who want to do better by themselves or with others.

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