Strategies for promoting emotional wellbeing in women

While we are moving towards being more progressive as a society, there remains a gender imbalance in terms of the mental load.

Women often have to juggle multiple roles in their personal and professional lives, facing unprecedented emotional demands. And if they’re mothers too, this imbalance can become even more pronounced. 

The weight of societal expectations, gender norms, and personal challenges can significantly impact their mental health. Addressing these issues requires a comprehensive approach, tailored to the complex realities that many women face. 

If you’re a woman who is finding things are getting to be too much, it’s worth taking the time and introducing strategies that help your emotional and mental wellbeing. Here are some ideas to inspire you. 

Cultivate self-care practices

You might find it hard to set aside time for yourself. The school run, busy workday and other everyday pressures often dissuade many women from prioritising their self-care. This can lead to stress, anxiety and low moods

Emphasising your need for self-care is crucial as it gives you better coping mechanisms and emotional strength. And this is essential for handling the daily challenges you face.

Self-care is not taking a shower, however. But having an indulgent bath with your favourite playlist as the soundtrack or spending an hour on your own with your favourite book can give you time to reset. It might be that you invest in your skincare routine or start to take supplements such as hair vitamins designed for women. This focus on you and your needs is key to self-care. 

Some other self-care activities that you might want to try include: 

  • Mindfulness meditation: Engaging in meditation helps reduce stress and improve mental clarity.
  • Journaling: This can be a therapeutic practice that allows you to process emotions and reflect on your experiences.
  • Physical exercise: According to NHS guidance, regular physical activity can lift your mood and reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.
  • Engage in hobbies: Pursuing hobbies and interests offers a sense of joy and accomplishment, contributing to better emotional health.

Build strong support networks

Strong relationships with family and friends can give you the emotional support you need. You might find that these connections offer comfort and help you to navigate any personal or professional challenges you’re facing. 

Participating in groups that focus on women’s experiences, such as motherhood, career pressures, or caregiving, can also be particularly beneficial. 

How to find the balance 

If it would help, request flexible working. Would remote working ease your daily tasks? Do you need flexible hours so you can share the school run with your partner? 

Also, try delegating, both at work and at home. If you’re finding it difficult to achieve everything on your to-do list, something has to give. Try sharing out work that you usually take on. 

Managing stress and anxiety

Look out for early signs of stress, such as irritability, sleep disturbances, and fatigue. Should you feel things are slipping for you mentally, introduce stress-relief methods like deep breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, and trying creative activities that help you reach a calmer state of mind.

Do you feel like things have progressed further? If you need to speak to a professional about your wellbeing and mental health, have a chat with your GP a  first port of call. They can recommend options such as cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), talk therapy, and group therapy. 

There are also mental health charities such as Mind that provide support. You aren’t alone and it’s totally okay that you’re feeling overwhelmed. There’s help out there.