Women’s Health Week is a pan-Canadian initiative, anchored by Mother’s Day, designed to raise awareness and engagement about lived experiences in women’s health. 

“It’s O.K. not to be O.K.,” – Naomi Osaka

Even some of the most successful and celebrated women in the world experience mental health struggles.

For example, Naomi Osaka, a Japanese professional tennis player, opted out of the French Open to take care of her mental health. She stated, “It’s O.K. not to be O.K.,” in a Time Magazine article.

If even one of the most celebrated and successful people in the world have to take care of themselves, why can’t we?

Did you know that the prevalence of many anxiety disorders are 30.5% higher for women, including high levels of comorbidity with depression? This is a reminder to take care of yourself and to check in on all the wonderful women around you.

Women’s Health Week (May 6-12, 2024), is not the only time to celebrate women; we should celebrate them year-round!

Therefore, it is important to make time to take care of yourself because anyone can experience mental health struggles, including different backgrounds, races, or genders. Taking care of yourself in small but significant ways on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis can help to improve your day-to-day functioning.

Self-care Tips

  1. Go for a walk outside. As the weather is warming up and the snow has melted, walking has been shown to be a method of self-care. Whether it is a 10-minute walk or an hour-long, it can definitely help to brighten up your day.
  2. Turn off your phone. Even for just an hour, do something such as reading a book without being glued to your phone.
  3. Catch up with loved ones virtually or for a coffee date at your favourite café! Being around the people you love has shown to produce wonderful chemicals for the brain.
  4. Listen to your favourite music.
  5. Take a nice, long shower or bath!
  6. Talk to a counsellor about topics that are relevant to you.

Lastly, some other great resources to check-in with yourself include a free app called Happify. This app is science-based and consists of varying activities and games to help with mindfulness and gain useful skills.

Other breathing apps such as Calm or Headspace can help reduce daily stress or anxiety!

Most importantly, if you ever need to talk to someone, you can contact us at Cornerstone or call Alberta’s 24-hour Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642.

 

Blog post by Claire In, Volunteer.