Mental health in women

How does mental health affect women?

Good mental health is essential to a woman's overall well-being.

Is mental health discussed enough amongst women? Mental health problems can generally affect women and men equally, but some are more common among women. Abuse is often a factor in women's mental health problems. Treatments need to be sensitive to and reflect gender differences.

The same numbers of women and men experience mental health problems overall, but some problems are more common in women than men, and vice versa.

Various social factors put women at greater risk of poor mental health than men. However, women's readiness to talk about their feelings and their strong social networks can help protect their mental health.

According to Women's Health Each year, about 1 in 5 U.S. women experiences some type of mental health condition, such as depression or anxiety. Many mental health conditions, such as depression and bipolar disorder, affect more women than men or affect women in different ways from men. Most serious mental health conditions cannot be cured. But they can be treated, so you can get better and live well.

Steps to good mental health

Women can take steps to good mental health by adopting some of these;

- Physical Activity : Regular physical activity can benefit your health over the long term. Getting active every day (at least 30 minutes a day of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, like brisk walking) helps maintain your health.

- Eating Healthy food : Eating nutritious foods may not cure a mental health condition, but eating healthy is a good way to start feeling better.Getting the right balance of nutrients, including enough fiber and water, can help your mood stay stable. Sugary, processed foods increase your blood sugar and then make you feel tired and irritable when your blood sugar levels drop.Some vitamins and minerals may help with the symptoms of depression. Experts are researching how a lack of some nutrients is linked to depression in new mothers. These include selenium, omega-3 fatty acids, folate, vitamin B12, calcium, iron, and zinc.

- Cut down on alcohol consumption - Drinking too much alcohol can lead to mental and physical health problems, so cutting down reduces the risk of these problem.

- Talking about it - A problem shared they say, yet women find it hard to discuss these thing. Discussing these mental health issues is a great way to get out of depression and seek the help needed to get better.

Start the conversation. Let's keep teaching women about Mental health. Lets fight this one lady at a time