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Women’s physical health, wellbeing, and mental health

One of the great privileges of having worked with people over the years is to gain an understanding of the triggers that affect their physical health, wellbeing, and mental health. In our work with women, we’ve noticed some trends:

  • The weight of expectations - whether they are social, cultural, externally- or self-imposed… trying to live up to these expectations can often lead to significant stress and poorer mental health

  • The juggling and mental load we see, where women are often faced with balancing their career with studies, housework, child rearing, caring for extended family, and the running of the household

  • Identity shifts across the lifespan, from starting to understand your place in the world as a child, through to multiple identity shifts throughout life as roles change (caregiver, worker, friend, partner, parent, daughter). Identity shifts are also influenced by biology (from menarchy through to menopause).

  • Body image and self-esteem issues in response to society’s obsession with appearance (thanks to media and social media)

  • Engagement in social comparison, related to a need to ‘keep up with the Joneses’ and a serious case of FOMO (a fear of missing out)

Is it any wonder that we’re seeing some concerning patterns in women’s wellbeing and mental health?:

  • Around 15% of women reported experiencing high or very high levels of psychological distress (particularly so for those in the 18-24 years and the 55-64 years age groups).

  • Mental health: Around 15% of women have an anxiety-related condition and around 10% have had depression or feelings of depression

  • Concerning trends in alcohol use, particularly the proliferation of “Wine O’Clock” and commonplace drinking for women in the 40-49, and 50-59 year age brackets as a way of relieving the pressures of the day. Indeed, women in their 50s are most likely to drink at risky levels.

You can read more about this in our Women’s Manual for Good Mental Health (scroll down).


There is a lot that can be done to improve the wellbeing and mental health of women. Here are some things from our Toolkit for Good Mental Health (you can learn more about it in our Women’s Manual for Good Mental Health (scroll down):

  1. Clarify your purpose. Streamline your life by working out what’s important to you.

  2. Declutter and purge the non-essentials in your life.

  3. Focus and stay on track with your streamlined routine.

  4. Add some mindset magic to help you manage all types of situations

  5. Rebalance your life to include time to yourself

  6. Live a healthy lifestyle as good physical health supports good mental health

  7. Learn emotion-regulation skills to help you navigate more calmly through ups and downs

Toolkit Womens Mental Health


Grab the Women’s Manual for Good Mental Health here. In this 17-page manual you’ll find information on:

  • Statistics about women’s wellbeing and mental health

  • The unique challenges facing women across the lifespan

  • Understanding the mental load, or the ‘struggle of the juggle’

  • Looking at how social comparison contributes to unrealistic expectations of self and poor wellbeing

  • Taking a Mental Health Check Up (the K10 which measures psychological distress)

  • Developing a plan for change using the Toolkit for Good Mental Health (including a Resource List)

  • The Anatomy of a Healthy Female Body, and the Anatomy of a Healthy Female Mindset

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