Let’s take wellness and mental health seriously

It is important to ensure that women's mental health is kept in check as it helps them maintain a balance in their lives and relationships.  Photo: iStock

It is important to ensure that women’s mental health is kept in check as it helps them maintain a balance in their lives and relationships. Photo: iStock

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As a mother, wife, businesswoman, and professional life coach, Lesego Mothowamodimo shares her take on why it’s imperative to prioritize your mental health and well-being as a woman.

A Day in the Life of a Woman includes juggling as a mother, wife, professional, caregiver, romantic partner, and community contributor, among others.

To say this can become overwhelming is an understatement. Ensuring that one’s mental health is kept in check is an essential aspect for women as it helps them maintain balance in their lives and relationships.

When there is an imbalance, women become prone to decreased quality of life, changes in appetite, suicidal thoughts, feelings of sadness and dissatisfaction, and general feelings of stuckness, fear, and apprehension.

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Given the role women play in the daily lives of others, women need to be both equipped and empowered with the necessary information and tools for overall well-being to ensure they are in one place when navigating the roles they play every day of well-being.

Every day we ask each other, ‘How are you?’ The immediate answer to this question is usually, “I’m fine, thanks, and you?”. The real question is, when you say the words “I’m fine,” are you speaking and responding to wellness in its fullness?

Let’s explore the eight dimensions of wellbeing and the questions to ask in each one:

Physical well-being – Do you recognize the need to take care of your body? are you physically fit How is your diet and sleep? Are you physically well?

Emotional well-being – Are you managing your life effectively and in tune with your feelings? Do you know what you are feeling and do you allow yourself to feel it? Can you identify, name, or even articulate the exact emotion you are feeling? Are you okay with your emotional state?

Financial Wellbeing – Are you financially comfortable and living within your means? Can you get through the month comfortably without having to be financially bailed out? Is your relationship with money healthy? Are you making financially sound decisions? Are you financially literate?

Social Wellbeing – Do you maintain good and healthy relationships with others? Do you enjoy being with others and contributing to your friendships, community, and intimate relationships?

Corporate well-being – Do you enjoy your job and does it give you personal satisfaction? Does your work enrich your life?

Environmental Wellness – Is the environment you live in comfortable and healthy? Does it support your general well-being? Are you helping to take care of your environment and community?

Spiritual Wellbeing – Do you have a purpose in your life? Does your life have a more important meaning? Are you at peace with yourself?

Mental Wellbeing – Are you growing intellectually? Are you expanding your skills and knowledge?

Considering all of the dimensions of wellness discussed above, ask yourself, “Am I okay?”

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Here are some tips women can use to improve their overall well-being and, in turn, their mental health:

Write diary: Journaling helps improve mental health by creating a safe space in which to express your thoughts and feelings. Journaling is essential for collecting your thoughts, deflating and boosting your creativity.

Meditation: It is crucial that you spend some time aligning with yourself, listening to your own thoughts and trusting your inner voice.

Take a break from devices: Taking a break from your smartphone or laptop will stop the constant flow of messages and emails, allowing you to relax and spend quality time with yourself and loved ones. A good idea is to set a daily limit for the time you spend on your device and not exceed that time.

Getting enough sleep: Good sleep quality has a significant impact on how we feel physically and mentally. Our overall health and productivity depend on a good night’s sleep.

Live a healthy life: Being active and paying special attention to your diet has a positive effect on how you feel.

Reframe Negative Thoughts: How we think is related to how we feel and behave. Recognizing unhelpful thoughts and taking the necessary steps to think about things differently can improve our mental health and well-being.

Mothowamodimo is a life coach

Life Advisor Lesego Mothowamodimo. Photo: Delivered


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