Empowering Women: Building Strategies for Mental Refresh

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By Christina

We’ve reached our final Spring Refresh Wellness Challange! Pat on the back for those who’ve made it this far! Today we are focusing on Empowering Women through Mental Refresh.

For centuries women’s mental health was not something that was taken seriously in the medical industry. (Women are still needing more attention today) As far back as the Egyptians, a woman showed signs of being too sexual, even with her husband, she was considered to have hysteria.

A woman was also diagnosed with hysteria if she showed signs of anxiety or nervousness. 

In other words, whatever a woman was going through was dismissed under the umbrella medical term of hysteria. Definitely not how to empower women, or anyone for that matter. 

We now know the reactions to women’s mental health were unethical and in many cases inhumane. 

The biggest lesson we can take away from the “hysteria” episode in women’s mental health is how women are often unfairly gaslit by the medical industry. Women’s concerns are simply dismissed. See my post “Why am I not into Sex”

Thankfully, mental health has come a long way since the days of hysteria diagnosis. And with self-patient advocacy with education, determination, empowering women through partners and friends, and the option to choose different paths we can take charge of our health. 

Mental Refresh is all about taking the time out of your day, week, or month to make sure your mental health is just that, healthy. 

As you would with your body, your mental health needs maintenance and checkups. The best way to empower women is to give them a voice, and the tools needed to keep them healthy. 

While you may not always need a doctor, keep a journal for the times when you might. 

I have discovered a journal detailing your symptoms is often the best weapon you can have. Another way to be taken seriously by your doctor is to do your research, not with Wikipedia but with reputable medical journals and studies such as the New England Journal of Medicine. 

Now that we have a background on our mental health, let’s get into how empowering women, we empower each other, refresh our mental wellness, and keep our mental health on track.

In this Article

  • Why mental health matters
  • How to mentally refresh and feel empowered
  • Where to seek help
  • In the end.
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    Why mental health matters.

    In a study conducted by PNAS (one of the world’s most cited and comprehensive multidisciplinary scientific journals), women are more prone to psychological problems such as depression due to a difference in the brain. 

    Despite there being a gender bias in the medical industry, there is a difference with mental health between males and females. It is very important for the medical industry to understand how gender could impact the diagnosis a patient and the treatment of these issues. 

    Make sure your person is empowering you to advocate for yourself. The best way for empowering women is to have support groups. 

     

    Journal: Writing my Book

    Journal: Writing my Book

    I love writing. Almost as much as I love researching and creating something magical.  However, lately, I find it difficult to shake myself out of the events I’ve written.  Let me explain.  For instance, I’ve written a scene where some explosion or perhaps a...

    Journal: Writing my Book

    I love writing. Almost as much as I love researching and creating something magical.  However, lately, I find it difficult to shake myself out of the events I’ve written.  Let me explain.  For instance, I’ve written a scene where some explosion or perhaps a...

    Caretakers

    In respect to those who live traditional lives or go against the norms, I’m going to take a look at the statistical fact of women being the primary caretakers and housekeeping in the home

    Due to the strain ( in many cases) of being the sole caretaker of children, husband, and the house, women are often the first to struggle with mental health. 

    The effects of the pandemic escalated women’s health conditions.

    Take a look at the impact COVID-19 had on Women’s mental health before, during, and after the pandemic. 

     

     

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    How to mentally Refresh and feel empowered!

    There are many ways you can mentally refresh and take care of your mental health. I’m going to lay out my favorites that you can choose from.

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      Meditation

      With meditation, you can gain perspective on your life, and decrease depression, anxiety, stress, and even loneliness. Meditation also helps to increase positive emotions, social connections, focus, and memory. 

      At the end of the day, meditation can boost your mental and physical health, social life, brain function, and productivity. By observing your mind you become free of learned and expected limitations.  

      As with anything meditation practice and benefits will take time. But with regular mindfulness practice, you will begin to see positive changes.

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        Practicing gratitude

        Keep a journal where you write all the positive impacts and journeys you have had in your life. Keep those as you would love letters, to yourself. Read them when you are feeling a bit overwhelmed or stressed. Those sweet positive notes to yourself will remind you that you have a lot of positive things going on in your life. 

        Fostering this kind of optimism doesn’t replace or ignore your problems, it means you are giving yourself a hopeful outlook on life. Sometimes a change in perspective is what you need to help you through a problem. It gives you a broader picture to help you see a way through the negative and help you to improve things.

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          Gardening

          If you’re new here then you’ve read my article 8 ways Gardening might make me happy. If not when you’re done here give it a read. 

          I’ve struggled with finding my own way to happiness. I’ve tried living in different states in the US.
          Then the pandemic hit. 

          And we decided to move to France. 

          I’ve discovered a lot about myself these past five years living in France, the main one is how refreshing it is to garden.

          Even if I don’t like getting dirty. 

          Gardening makes me feel as though I’m doing more for myself. It has also helped me to no longer want to “keep up with the Joneses.” 

          Studies have shown that fresh air and gardening does wonders for those who are depressed, suffering from anxiety, and even arthritis.

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          Get comfortable taking care of yourself

          Self-care is all the rage online, but there is an art to it. It should be a moment of selfishness but also for everyone in your life. When you take the time to take care of yourself you’re also taking care of your loved ones. 

          Keeping yourself healthy physically and mentally helps you to live your best and healthiest life. 

          Self-care is essential to managing stress. This doesn’t mean getting pampered occasionally; self-care must become a fixed part of your daily routine to maintain good physical and mental health. Best of all, self-care looks different for everyone. Whether it’s going hiking, listening to relaxing music, or exercising our creative muscles, there is a never-ending amount of activities.

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          Christina’s Tip: I love practicing hygge! For me, that is the ultimate self-care. 

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            Where to seek help

            Thanks to covid there are many online therapists, and support groups that you can choose from. 

            The key to refreshing your mental health and empowering yourself is to feel comfortable with the steps you feel you should take as you seek help. 

            Here are a few of my support choices:

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            In the End

            Empowering women in mental health is important. We need to take care of ourselves as we would our families and or pets. 

            Take the time to refresh your mental wellness to insure you’re healthy and happy. Enjoy the journey to rediscover who you are, and build on the tools you need to help you tackle any situation. 

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            I’m the coffee-addicted creative behind Christina Q. Writes. As a full-time writer and lover of history, I share insights into my crazy wonderful life.  Christina Q. Writes is where I share tips and advice to help you live simply and in the moment, and do it your way. Don’t be afraid to laugh at my mistakes!