Understanding A Woman’s Mental Health: 5 Key Facts

Mental Health in WomenAs women, do you sometimes feel the whole world is on your shoulders? We have our plates full, with no time for ourselves, making it difficult to care for our mental well being.

Women’s mental health is often on the back burner for many of us. We tend to take care of our families before we take care of ourselves.

The life experiences that shapes us and the role that hormones play causes struggle in many ladies. We fail to understand our thoughts and emotions and we often are searching for ways in which to be healthier, both mentally and emotionally.

Here are five basic facts that women and their partners should first understand about mental health.

1. Female Brains Are Not the Same as Male Brains

Even as children, girls and boys look at the world differently.

Girls are creating connections with others by gazing at faces and using eye contact, while boys tend to look around more.

As we grow, females tend to look at how situations will affect the people around them. Women become the helpers, nurturers and lovers of those in their charge and the world that surrounds them.

As long as we are successful in loving and caring for ourselves, this can lead to more meaning in life and fuller relationships.

2. A Woman’s Mental Health is Directly Impacted by Hormones in the Brain

The neurotransmitters of the brain that make us feel normal and well are shifted by hormones such as estrogen. When these hormone levels shift, it directly influences our moods, emotions and overall mental health.

That’s why during our time of the month, you may be more:

  • Irritable
  • Indecisive
  • Bossy
  • Anxiety

3. Things That Happen in Day to Day Life Have a Physiological Effect on Our Brains Altering Our Brain Chemistry

Stressed outSignificant life stressors can alter the brain so much over time, that we think and feel differently too. Women’s mental health is really a function of life experiences, hormones and the brain.

Being under constant stress isn’t helping your mental state either. If you find you are under stress, find ways to alleviate stress like a hot bath. Soothing activities releases pleasurable chemicals in the brain, protecting it from the negative impact stressors can have on us.

4. Mood Swings, Emotional Struggles and Mental Illness Can Place Too Much Stress on the Brain and Ultimately Result In an Emotional Breakdown

Life challenges and hormonal changes can stress the brain to a breaking point and eventually hamper its ability to function properly.

When you are unable to cope with life, you begin to lose the ability to handle anything that life gives you. If you feel you are at this point in your life, seek immediate help. Visit your doctor and talk to friends and family.

5. Women are More Vulnerable to Mental Health Issues at Certain Times in Life

Pregnancy and Mental HealthCertain times in your life can shift your mood and emotion. For example:

  • Onset of mensus
  • Pregnancy
  • Postpartum
  • Perimenopause

During these times, extreme shifts in hormones occur, which in turn causes shifts in mood and emotion.

Due to changes of emotions, symptoms and experiences at each stage of life, mental health becomes a lifelong quest. Acknowledging that changes in life may affect a woman’s mental health can help to adequately prepare for these vulnerable periods.

With Knowledge and Understanding, Comes Closer Relationships

Seeking education and as much understanding as we can about our mental, physical, emotional and social well-being is important. The more we learn, the better equipped we are to gain greater control of our mental health as well as connect with and support the other women in our lives.

Learning these things can benefit the men in our lives as well. It can bring insight and understanding for them, helping to communicate with compassion and support during those vulnerable times.

Caring For Your Hormones

Hormonal changes can be especially problematic to a woman’s mental well-being. There are things you can do to help keep your hormone levels where they need to be. These are just a few factors to consider.

As always, if you suspect that you have a hormone imbalance, the best course of action is to see your doctor to find treatment that is right for you.

So, tell us, how do you cope with your daily struggles? What one thing helps you de-stress?