Mental Health Tips for Women

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R&R to rejuvenate your mind
This woman is taking a break at the beach. It's good for her mental health. Pexels, CC0 License.

Many women tend to ignore their mental health, believing mental issues only happen to people with disorders. This statement is far from true. We all need to take some responsibility for our mental health to ensure it’s as good as possible. Many things can affect mental health, including our work and home environments, and what we eat and drink. Here are a few mental health tips for women.

Volunteering can help you become more appreciative
It can help to put yourself in the shoes of someone else. Photo from Pexels.

Put Yourself in Someone Else’s Shoes

When life gets a little overwhelming and you have a lot on your mind, it’s easy to become negative and even depressed. It can help to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. We often don’t realize how lucky we are until we see someone living in worse conditions. It can help to do some volunteer work in your community if you have time. Or start a journal and write down three things that you’re thankful for each day.

Have a Cup of Coffee

Although too much caffeine can be bad for you, coffee beans are actually good for you. Starting the day off with a cup of coffee can promote well-being and give you the boost you need to tackle the day. Caffeine is known for improving moods. Just don’t become reliant on it when it comes to your mental health. Two cups of coffee per day is probably all you’ll want to have to maintain good mental health.

Monitor Your Diet

One of the many things that can affect your mental health and overall health is your diet. If you’ve ever suffered because of the food you’ve eaten, it’s worth getting in touch with a food safety attorney. Take sugar, for instance. Although you may feel wonderful after eating a bar of chocolate or a few donuts, you’ll probably find that your mood and energy comes crashing down soon after that. Refined sugar does nothing good for mental health, so replace it with natural sugars from fruits instead.

Take a Break

Going pedal to the metal for long periods of time without taking a break isn’t good for your mental health. Although your mind benefits from daily simulation, most jobs come with a certain amount of stress. If you aren’t taking downtime off every now and then, you don’t allow mental rest. Make use of your annual leave and get some R&R.

Build Your Confidence

A lot of the time, mental health issues stem from a lack of confidence. To ensure your mental health stays stable, consider doing some confidence building exercises. It could be anything from writing down your strengths to repeating confidence boosting statements in the mirror. Another suggestions is to read confidence boosting quotes. Once you know where your weaknesses lie, don’t be afraid to tackle them, even if you fail. Just trying is succeeding when it comes to mental health.

Mental health tips for women include getting enough sleep
Head to bed sooner and get plenty of rest to maintain your mental health. Pexels photo.

Mental Health Tips for Women: Get Enough Sleep

It’s hard for your mental health to function properly if you’re one of the many women who don’t get enough sleep. Without proper rest, the mind doesn’t have the necessary tools to deal with stressful situations. You may find simple tasks much more challenging or forget things. Also, you’re at a higher risk of developing conditions like dementia when you’re older. If you find it hard to sleep, take a look at these tips. Among the best mental health tips are:

  • Keep your room at a cool temperature
  • Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to your pillow at night

Get Creative

We’re often happiest while indulging in our passions. But with life being as busy as it is, few women have time to do these beloved things. If you feel unlike yourself and need a little time out from the world, consider getting creative. Set some time aside and do some painting, read or write a book, do some arts and crafts. Whatever you decide to do, you can be sure if will be a form of release and relaxation, which is great for mental health.

So you don’t think you’re creative? Think again.

Communication

There are times when your partner becomes more like your housemate. A disconnection in a relationship can lead to depression and anxiety. It’s important to keep the lines of communication open. Every relationship goes through patches of disconnection but that doesn’t mean you have to stop talking. Letting your partner know how you feel can help you to release tension and often leads to quicker reconciliation. The same goes for family and friends. Don’t be afraid to talk to people and be open about how you feel. A problem shared is a problem halved.

Help Others

Communication goes both ways. If someone you’re close to comes to you with a problem, do your best to help solve it. If you can’t solve it, you’ll still have the ability to create distraction. Simple gestures, like buying a bouquet of flowers can brighten someone’s day. Helping others and getting a good reaction from it will make you feel good too. In fact, it’s a fantastic way to boost your mental health.

Boost brain power by getting outdoors with your dog
Exercise, such as taking your dog for a stroll, can improve your mental health. Pixabay image.

Exercise

It doesn’t matter whether you enroll in an intense program or you just go for a relaxed stroll with your dog every day. Exercise has been proven to boost mental health. Doing a cardio workout allows the heart to pump blood around the body. Increased circulation of air and fluids around the body will allow your brain to get what it needs to function on top form. Without exercise, you risk losing some of the vital circulation that contributes to brain power.

Laugh

They say that laughter is the best medicine. When you’re feeling down, counteract it with a comedy movie or a night out with funny friends. You could even search YouTube for funny videos and spend a few minutes on your break laughing at pets and babies. It’s one of the many mental health tips for women.

130 COMMENTS

  1. Lots of good tips there Christy. Mental health is so important, I swear by Tai chi myself, writing and doing things I love. I like to try to help others when I can and I am partial to a coffee, (especially if the coffee was a cappuccino!) Herbal teas are good too, and lots of rest – but I struggle with that as I’m not a very good sleeper.

  2. What a comprehensive article, Christy. I especially like that you mention gratitude, laughter, and service. These raise our vibration and enable us to see from a heightened perspective. I hope you’re considering publishing a book of all your health posts. It would be best to include a disclaimer and write it as coming from your own experience (e.g., Approaches I Have Found Helpful for _______), but I’m sure many would benefit ♥

  3. Excellent piece, Christy. All of it is great advice. For those who prefer tea over coffee, studies show that tea is also good for mental health 🙂 Have a beautiful weekend!!!

  4. Excellent health tips, Christy! And you´re so right about the importance of mental health especially in this stressful age we´re living. Love that you include getting creative in your list of tips – it´s exactly what I´m doing among some of the other things you´ve mentioned to keep myself healthy 😀
    Have a lovely Sunday! 🙂 xoxo

  5. This post made me think, what causes what appears, or is classed as a ‘mental health’ issue, a ‘disorder’. Are the ‘classifications’ correctly applied?

    If someone thinks differently to someone else, to others, is it more convenient to the ‘someone else’, the ‘others’, for them to be classed with a ‘mental health issue’, a disorder, rather than actually listening to the person?

    Are people that may already have been ‘classed’, ‘diagnosed’ as having a ‘mental health’ issue, ‘a disorder’ unjustly , incorrectly, ‘classed’, ‘categorised’, ‘diagnosed’ as such? It was just more convenient to others to have this ‘classification’ applied?

    What and who would benefit from such ‘classifications’?

  6. Great post! You gave so many wonderful tips. 😀
    It took me a long time to get to a point where I really am taking care of myself mentally, and even still, I sometimes struggle, but it’s all about taking things one day at a time. I’ll definitely keep your advice in mind. Thanks so much for sharing! <3

  7. Wow thanks for writing such an amazing arti cle…I’m sure lot of women are goin to benefit from this…I need to start monitoring my diet and start Exercising, also need to work on building my confidence which I think at times is low and atlast i need a holiday 👍 xxx

  8. Fabulous post Christy. I love the lavender oil trick. I often spray my pillow and it’s quite relaxing. Also. deep breathing works wonders to bring in oxygen and calm on the body. 🙂 <3

  9. amazing post. I will definitely incorporate some of these tips into my life. I’m looking for a fresh start on life and this is definitely what I need to jumpstart my wellness journey.

  10. Good Evening, Christy. I first want to Thank You for the guidance in regards to mental health illness/disorders. I too began a blog in regards to the same, but maybe in more detail. I suffer from mental illness disorder. After I was released from the hospital, I was then required to go to a mental health facility. It was nearly one year later that I began my blog because I wanted to help others in the best way I could. I fact, it became a full-time endeavor to assist others and educate them with all that I have learned and researched. I wanted to break the stigma surrounding mental health by doing just that. I hope you will check out my site if you have questions pertaining to any of the disorders listed. Thank you again for a good read. Beckie

  11. This is amazing and really resonates with me at the moment. Thank you for sharing! I especially love the put yourself in someone else’s shoes and the watching your diet. These are two things I rely heavily on. Thank you 🙂

  12. I like the part – Help Others – a lot, because it is so true and meaningful . What we give out in life comes back to us multiplied. So we’d better do some good deeds and respect life 🙂

  13. Most of us need to learn to take care of ourselves but it’s hard! It’s easy to go to the dr and leave with a prescription … I have found that the more I’m around people and have close relationships with them the better my mental health is!

  14. This is a wonderful, uplifting post. I found myself smiling at the computer as I read it. It is so important to look after your mental health and is often an area that is overlooked. I find that exercise, eating well, and surrounding yourself with good people are extremely important in maintaining a positive mindset. I’m very interested in encouraging young women to participate in strength based exercise as it does wonders for your self-confidence and your mental and spiritual health. I believe that strength training is often overlooked by young women because of the social stigma that is attached to women who lift weights. However, it is a very effective way to improve mental health. If you would like to it would be great if you could check out my blog.

    RB

  15. Wonderful tips! It got me thinking of more things I can do to help out my mental illness. I have been trying the get creative and putting myself into others shoes. It helps out with my anxiety and depression. Thank you for this post! Absolutely will be reading more of your posts!

  16. Love it! inspirational! I’ve got ADD (my blog is about ADD), it got me thinking about a lot of things! Keep up the goodd work! I am following your blog!
    Thank you!

  17. I am more informed now, and I feel happy to be in a generation creative to convert awareness to proper guidance. I am feeling okay that I have reached this far and obtained proper health progress. Though I may not be of the same nature, I felt vivacity to feel healing.

  18. Awesome post, Christy! I love it when we can find simple solutions to solve our problems. Like get enough, sleep, exercise, and healthy food. When these things become habits we become our best selves. 🙂

  19. This is incredible! Thank you! My biggest help is music! I just wrote an article recently that I am publishing tomorrow, about mental health and music, and its so important to talk about!

  20. Happened upon your blog and love it. As a child & teen trauma survivor, I had depression and anxiety and then battled suicidal thoughts for many years. As a 30 year trauma therapist I often talk about these tips with my clients and, in fact, in my autobiographical memoir called “Shattered to Shining”, I do as well. Anyway, I look forward to reading more of your thought-provoking content.

  21. Super article addressing mental health and excellent tips. All too often, we see the warning signs but fail to act: helping a friend or colleague simply could be observing a negative change in their personal care or behavior and telling them. Invite them along to take a long stroll.

    • I THINK THIS WAS GREAT INFORMATION ALL TO OFTEN WOMAN DONT SPEAK ABOUT TRUTH AND FEELINGS I KNOW ME PERSONALLY I JUST KEEP GOING IAM A MOTHER AND WIFE I ALSO WORK FULL TIME SO I PUT MY THOUGHTS AND DAILY STRESSORS ON THE BACK BURNER AND ITS NOT HEALTHY BUT I HAVE TO PUT A SMILE ON MY FACE AND KEEP BUSY TAKING CARE OF MY FAMILY AND OTHERS IS A FULL TIME JOB SO MOST OF THE TIME MY NEEDS HAVE TO WAIT BUT GOD GIVES ME STRENGTH EVERYDAY

  22. Hi Christy great tips that I must follow! Must admit to feeling stressed at the moment. Working fulltime running a blog and organising my blog tour is taking a toll! I’m listening to my body and planning to look for a part time job late April!

  23. IVE WORKED WITH PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS,AND BY LETTING THEM SET TABLES,WASH OR DRY DISHES,HELP YOU CLEAN HOUSE IS ONE OF THE BEST TYPES OF THERAPY YOU CAN GET.IT MAKES THEM PROUD TO DO SOMETHING WITH THE FAMILY.TRY IT IT WORKS.

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