It’s Women’s History Month! If you haven’t already been celebrating the wins and accomplishments of the women in your life, now is the time to start.
One of the most important aspects of being a woman is caring for your mental health. Far too often, women put the needs of partners, children, and others in their lives before their own. It can feel out of place to put yourself first, especially if you are a mother, corporate leader, or partner. In this article, we will explore the importance of mental health in women and girls as we celebrate Women’s History Month in March.
Mental Health in Women and Girls
Being mentally sound is extremely important so that you are able to be your best self at home, in the workplace, and while participating in hobbies. Taking care of your mental health can help increase your physical well-being and mental soundness for years to come. Some ways to prioritize your mental health as a woman or girl include: (1)
- Prioritizing sleep. It is recommended that women and girls get more sleep than men, around 7-9 hours is preferred!
- Move your body in a way that feels good to you, each and every day!
- Put your wellness first by incorporating moments of peace into your day. Meditation and yoga are great ways to express yourself through movement!
- Advocate for yourself and speak with a professional if needed.
The Importance of Women’s Mental Health
Did you know that about 75% of mental health issues are established by the age of 24? This further proves the need for mental health awareness in young girls and children. If mental health is more widely talked about and accepted when a child is young, they will have a better chance of learning to cope with challenges as they age. 26% of women experience mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression, which is almost three times as much as men experiencing the same common challenges. (2)
Mental health awareness is so crucial for all girls and women, especially those who come from poverty or are POC. 29% of Black women experience a mental health disorder and women in poverty have more exposure to violence, which can further progress issues as well.
Things like unhealthy work-life balance, predisposed medical conditions, and personal relationships can also play a part in a woman’s mental health. Exercising, eating well, prioritizing your peace, and speaking with a professional can help women and children navigate these hurdles, especially those who come from marginalized backgrounds.
How To Prioritize Your Mental Health
When prioritizing your mental health, it is important to remember that this is a very personal journey. What works for some individuals might not work for someone else! Mental health care is a process that requires trial and error. Experts recommend the following: (3)
- Set boundaries with your work colleagues and personal friends.
- Be kind to yourself when you look in the mirror and think about your life.
- Find what self-care practices work for you. This can include walking, taking a bath, having a cup of tea, meditating, or saying no to activities that drain your battery.
Books and Movies on Women’s Mental Health
- Inside Out – A creative children’s animated film featuring emotions, mental health awareness, and the importance of balance.
- Rabbit Hole – Parents who cope with the death of their son and continue their parenting journey throughout the grief.
- The Bell Jar by Silvia Plath – A college student who dreams of becoming a writer, but struggles with mental health.
We hope this article helps you better understand the importance of prioritizing your mental health as a young girl or woman. For additional support as a parent or guardian of a child suffering, contact Neurobehavioral Associates today.
- Celebrate Women’s History Month by Prioritizing Your Mental Health – SAMHSA
- Women’s Mental Health Facts – Agenda Alliance
- Women’s Health: Mind and Mood – Johns Hopkins Medicine
- Women’s History Month: Putting your mental health first – Oceans Healthcare