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Womanly Wednesday // Wellbeing and Mental Health

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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.

Womens health infographic- wellbeing and mental health

Interesting results.

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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17 Comments

  • KizzyDoll

    I think metal health has always been a grey area for people to talk about, especially in women. Long ago if women were upset about something it was jotted down to hysteria and other stuff when it was most likely pms and depression. We haven’t always understand issues of the brain and emotions as well as we’d like to. But, I think it’s getting better and more people are talking about it and opening doors for those that feel slight depression or severe depression and other things without making them feel like they’re outcasts or anything. But, everything always has room for improvement. Great post 🙂 x

  • Jackie Harrison

    This is very informative I did not know this piece of information but I guess there is so many woman that could be in this situation and they fall in a deep depression.

  • Josie

    It’s great that there’s more openess about mental health these days although there’s still a long way to go! And I wish more people would go to their doctor’s about it. I agree though, I think a lot of people do self-diagnose when really what they’re just experiencing natural anxiety. It’s a tricky area but you’re right, there’s such a thin line!

    The last paragraph made me sad, I can’t believe you would think that about yourself! And I’m sure your friends would 100% disagree with you x

    Josie’s Journal

  • Shireen L. Platt

    I for one am glad that more are done to create awareness on depression and mental health issues. But I also agree with you on the anxiety part, seems like everyone has it these days and I do blame it on self-diagnose. I have seen how a person with real anxiety problem, it really crippled him and he was unable to function. It’s very different with being nervous about something.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  • Marina Simone

    It’s awesome that you tackled the subject of mental health. Breaking the taboo is so important in order to gain people the correct diagnosis.

  • Amanda C

    Such a great topic to bring up and it’s great that more and more people are opening up about mental health issues. I went through a rather dark place for a while while in and after a very toxic relationship and now that more and more men and women are opening up about things going on under the surface, it definitely makes it easier to talk about. I’ve thought about doing a blog post about this because I’ve found comfort in hearing other peoples stories and maybe mine will mean that one less person feels alone in what they are going through.
    Those statistics are crazy too, I have a feeling they would be even higher if they interviewed more people under the age of 16 and over 75 too.

    XO Amanda | Sans Scrubs

  • Mica

    I think you summed it up nicely at the end – the brain is a very funny thing! It’s great that there is more attention being paid to mental health now, there is a lot of support and resources out there (certainly in Australia) and it’s very nice to see.

    Over here, every time the media reports on a story where mental illness is reported or suspected, or someone has sadly lost their lives, every story ends with more information about resources that can help if you or someone you know is in a similar situation. I’m not sure if it’s a guideline or an actual law, but it’s wonderful that any time it’s talked about, people are then directed to where to go next if they need it 🙂

  • Lucy

    I agree that the difference in statistics for women and men is definitely due to women being more up front about feelings. Culture and society dies t help always pushing the skinny, good looking model/celebrity down our throats. The reality is they have been airbrushed and are just as unsure about themselves as everyone else Lucy x

  • India

    In psychology, one of the main reasons they say woman have a higher diagnosis rate is because the stigma around mental illness as being weak, meaning men won’t report it. Such a shame. I know what you mean though, anxiety almost seems trendy these days. I am sure most people do genuinely suffer with it and it must be horrible, but there is a difference between being anxious and having anxiety and I bet a few people do exaggerate, whether it’s to get sympathy or seem ‘in’. Hopefully mental illness gets more understood, that way more people can come forward, get accurate diagnosis and help!

    India | Home and Beauty Giveaway

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