The COVID-19 pandemic is causing unprecedented disruptions in our lives, with people across the globe experiencing fear, worry and stress.
“Faced with new realities of working from home, temporary unemployment, home-schooling of children, and lack of physical contact with other family members, friends and colleagues, it is important that we look after our mental, as well as our physical, health,” according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
The WHO defines mental health as a state of wellbeing in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.
Women often face different mental health challenges than men. Women have higher rates of anxiety and depression, which can be related to physical health factors. Changes in hormones can lead to postpartum depression, depression during menopause or premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), which causes severe irritability, depression, or anxiety in the week or two before a woman’s period starts.
Here are some tips that can help women improve their mental health:
Consult your doctor for more information about caring for your mental health.
Shop at Watsons for prescription medications and other essential healthcare needs.
References: https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/mental-health-strengthening-our-response. Accessed 29 March 2021 https://womenscarefl.com/health-library-item/habits-to-improve-mental-health-for-women/. Accessed 29 March 2021 https://www.orlandohealth.com/content-hub/5-ways-women-can-improve-their-mental-health. Accessed 29 March 2021
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