What is well-being and why is it so important?
Mental well-being is a positive state of psychological and emotional health. Having a positive sense of well-being is vital to your good mental health and is strongly linked to happiness and life satisfaction.
If you have good emotional well-being you are more able to:
- Feel more confident in yourself
- Express and manage emotions
- Be more effective in your life and work
- Cope with the stresses of daily life
- Adjust to change and uncertainty.
Why is it important to focus on women’s well-being?
Women can often experience multiple and complex stress factors including:
- Hormonal and physiological (including premenstrual syndrome, menopause)
- Fertility issues, pregnancy, postnatal depression and motherhood
- Societal and work related pressures (pressures to achieve, to look good, inequalities)
- Abuse and traumas (in childhood and/or adulthood).
What are the symptoms of low well-being?
Symptoms of low well-being include:
- Stress, anxiety, depression
- Low-self-esteem and a sense of “I’m not good enough”
- Feelings of guilt and worry
- Irritability, low frustration tolerance
- Sleep difficulties, tiredness, fatigue, exhaustion
- Weight issues (increased or lowered appetite)
- Feeling disconnected from people.
How Seed Psychology can help improve your well-being
Our experienced psychologists will help you improve your well-being using a range of strategies and therapeutic approaches, including:
- Building self-confidence and self-esteem
- Working on relationship issues (intimate, friendships, family)
- Boundary settings and assertive communication skills
- Setting realistic and achievable goals
- Sleep hygiene and increasing enjoyable and health related activities
- Managing difficult thoughts, feelings and emotions
- Healing from past difficulties and traumas
- Finding meaning and purpose in your life.
Our experienced psychologists are committed to helping you build positive and long-lasting emotional well-being, to regain self-confidence and improve your quality of life.
Written by Dr Roberta Szekeres, Clinical Psychologist at Seed Psychology. Roberta has a special interest in women’s well-being and works with clients in individual therapy as well as group therapy. Roberta utilises evidence-based practices – with a particular emphasis on mindfulness and self-compassion based approaches, schema therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, clinical hypnosis, EMDR and solution-based approaches.
For more helpful information on women’s well-being visit: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/wellbeing