Understanding women’s wellbeing
What is wellbeing and why is it so important?
Mental wellbeing is a positive state of psychological and emotional health. Having a positive sense of wellbeing is vital to your good mental health and is strongly linked to happiness and life satisfaction.
If you have good emotional wellbeing 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 wellbeing?
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 wellbeing?
Symptoms of low wellbeing 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 wellbeing
Our experienced psychologists will help you improve your wellbeing 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 wellbeing, 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 wellbeing 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 wellbeing visit: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/wellbeing