Welcome to the second edition of Womanly Wednesday, if you missed last weeks instalment where I introduced the series and spoke about women’s general health, please head over to last weeks post.
So this week we’re looking at the wellbeing and mental health of women in the UK. Have a read of the stats and meet me at the bottom.
People are less afraid to talk about mental health in this day and age – though I think there’s still a lot of people that will fail to admit their personal struggles – they may be happy to have a general conversation about it.
42% of people having anxiety attacks is a massive number!
The thing with anxiety, is that every man and his dog seems to have it lately. I feel like anxiety can be such a subjective thing and many people self-diagnose.
The thing with mental illness is that some feelings are natural and normal and it’s hard to draw the line between what’s a normal feeling, such as being nervous about an interview and what’s an intense feeling that needs diagnosis and treatment. For me, the answer for that is the point in which a feeling prevents you from going on with your every day life or that horrible feeling where you just think ‘I can’t cope’.
When it says 1 in 4 women will suffer from depression compared to 1 in 10 men – it makes me wonder if it’s because women are more open and honest about their feelings and men won’t admit to feeling depressed, or if women are generally more sensitive than men.
It’s not surprising that women are mentally affected by their weight – I know when I’ve been a higher weight, I’ve felt awful about myself. Especially when you find yourself tagged in a Facebook picture and it just reinforces that hatred. Doom.
I’d say I have ups and downs with my mental healths. I’ve had a few full on panic attacks in the past – usually triggered by something. I sometimes get random feelings of anxiety, but nothing that stops me leaving the house. It generally just makes me want to retreat and not talk to anyone for a bit until it passes. I’ve had problems with my weight, body image and depression and it generally stems from an inability to be able to accept myself for who I am. To embrace myself and love myself. I generally think I’m annoying, cringy and that can lead to intense hate which turns into the urge to self-destruct.
The brain is a funny place, isn’t it?
What are your thoughts?
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