Dear women, stop neglecting your mental health! Here’s how

Women tend to prioritise everything over their mental health, which can be extremely harmful. Here's why you shouldn't ignore mental health issues in women and how to address them.
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Stop neglecting your mental health for the sake of your overall well-being. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock
Dr Mimansa Singh Tanwar Published: 7 Mar 2023, 18:49 pm IST
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Neglecting self-care has come to become a natural way of life for many women. This tendency to deny or overlook one’s health, especially mental health, is rooted in many factors like social and experiential to name a few. The solutions lie in your active participation in understanding and addressing the interplay of these determinants to ensure your mental well-being.

It’s important to prioritise your mental health and not neglect it, because it can lead to several complications.

Tips to recognise mental health problems in women and address them

Here’s how to prioritise your mental health to avoid problems and address the problems before its too late:

Recognise the behavioural patterns

You usually see women around you taking care of others from a young age, which often takes precedence over their own needs. Given that lot is learnt through observation of your environment, this behavioural pattern conditions ‘the self’ in a way that relegates one’s concerns, both in day-to-day life and concerning larger goals. It is important to recognise this and start with small steps to make the choices for your well-being.

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Know when your mental health is taking a toll on your health. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Acknowledge your needs

The constant juggling of multiple responsibilities, such as childcare, household chores, family, and work, may leave little space to acknowledge your needs. Yet the guilt of not doing enough or taking time off for yourself may consume you. This can lead to physical and psychological stress and can make you feel overwhelmed. Ensure that you pause to reflect on your emotional experiences. While managing your roles, it is equally crucial to acknowledge your individual needs. Do not hesitate to ask for support when you require it.

Refrain from internalising the stereotypes

Social conditioning for most women that comes through family, society and media is about idealising, the perfect image of self or body. It often gets reinforced through conversations, lack of recognition, acknowledgement of the efforts or by creating unrealistic beauty standards, which continue to perpetuate the stereotypes of what is desirable or expected. This often shapes self-esteem that consistently feels ‘not good enough’. Despite giving your best and making the right choices, the ‘lurking self-doubt doesn’t allow you to feel the confidence within and start to affect your mental well-being. Take stock of your efforts, recognise your strengths, step away from judging, and back yourself with all that you do.

Also Read: Defeat self doubt by improving your self image with these 3 tips

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Don’t let stereotypes bring you down! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Prioritise and invest in your health

Educate yourself with the right information when it comes to your physical and mental health. Take active measures to invest in it by recognising the signs, ensuring regular check-ups, and developing habits that align with your well-being. Physical exercise, pursuing interests, spending time with loved ones, maintaining adequate sleep, and seeking help when needed are all essential for positive mental health.

Mental health is integral to every aspect of our life and crucial for everyone. It is time to stop neglecting and set a positive example by expressing your concerns and taking ownership that improves your overall well-being. As a society, each and everyone has a role to play in building structures that ensures support to sustain the much-needed change.

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About the Author

Mimansa Singh Tanwar is currently working as a lead clinical psychologist with the Department of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences, Fortis Healthcare. Head the Fortis School Mental Health Program and has been instrumental in shaping, designing and implementing various initiatives to make mental health a priority in schools. She has an experience of 14 plus years working in the clinical space using evidence-based treatments with adolescents, parents, couples and families. She is also trained in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy from Behavioural Tech Research Institute, USA that is widely applicable in treating borderline personality disorder, eating disorder, addictions and other clinical conditions. As the lead clinical psychologist, she provides clinical supervision and assistance to psychologists to enhance therapeutic care across Fortis centers. ...Read More

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