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Women's Health Week

Mental Wellness
2021-09-02 | By: LIVIN
 Women's Health Week

Women’s Health Week 6 – 10 September 2021

Women’s Health Week is an annual health awareness campaign, led by Jean Hailes’ for Women’s Health and is the biggest week in Australia focusing on good health and wellbeing for women and girls. During the week, Jean Hailes encourages women, communities, and workplaces to get involved by talking about women's health, sharing health messages, and shining the light on women and girls.

Being a grandmother, a mother, a partner, a sister, a daughter, a friend can no doubt be precious, but it can also be hard work at times. Especially, when for some women, it can feel like there’s an expectation that they are to be kind, nurturing, home-oriented and sensitive to other’s feelings… all the time. The pursuit to aspire to these impossible expectations, to be a ‘superwoman’ can sadly mean that many women across Australia do not make their own health and wellbeing a priority. Ladies… It’s time to prioritise YOU, you absolutely deserve it!

  • 1 in 6 women experience depression
  • 1 in 3 women experience anxiety
  • Women experience higher rates of post-traumatic stress disorder and eating disorders than men
  • More than 1 in 7 new mums experience postnatal depression. Postnatal anxiety is just as common
  • Self-harm in young women is on the rise
  • On average, in Australia 2 women die by suicide every day

As part of Women’s Health Week, we are introducing you to the WOMEN OF LIVIN. These inspirational  women are real and diverse but all equally committed to helping break the stigma of mental health in their own unique ways.

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Meet the women of LIVIN

Amy Lyons:     https://livin.org/blog/news-and-updates/meet-the-women-of-livin-amy-lyons/          

AMY’s MENTAL HEALTH TIP:

Getting outside in my garden and connecting to nature. This is a really great mindfulness activity and also keeps me grounded. I also enjoy cooking, as a self-care activity lately! I used to cook to eat but I now enjoy cooking as a process and have loved experimenting with new recipes and foods. Cooking wholesome, nutritious meals make me feel good both physically and mentally.

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Deanna Van Reyk      https://livin.org/blog/news-and-updates/eet-the-women-of-livin-deanna-van-reyk/                  

DEE’s MENTAL HEALTH TIP:

Apart from all the basics like eating well, enough sleep, reducing stress and exercise, for me, keeping good mental health also includes;

Speaking: I have a treasured inner circle of close people that I can bounce my thoughts off and know that I can have honest and helpful conversations

Pilates: It’s so mindful, because if you’re not in the moment and concentrating, you’ll fall flat on your face

A good belly laugh: Releases endorphins and gives you a real natural high

Beach day/walk: I find it a great full sensory experience of beautiful sights, sounds, feels, smells and tastes

Quiet time: We have so much sound and visual noise around us all day with phones, computers, tv etc. so I crave silence at times as it allows time to mentally process stuff.

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Jess Raper             https://livin.org/blog/news-and-updates/meet-the-women-of-livin-jess-raper/            

JESS’S MENTAL HEALTH TIP:

Personally I love to exercise, and when I do I feel so much better in myself.  I try my best to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, 4 days a week.

I have also recently learnt about positive affirmations and have started a daily morning routine with my daughter. We both pick a card and spend time and reminding our selves our worth we are!

This is a wonderful opportunity for quality time and connection together.

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 Shaye Plante         https://livin.org/blog/news-and-updates/meet-the-women-of-livin-shaye-plant/             

SHAYE’S MENTAL HEALTH TIP:

For me personally, beginning my day with a sunrise is the perfect way to activate a healthy mindset. It makes me feel calm, centred and grateful when life gets busy. I also love and listen (+ dance around the house) to music all the time and use it as a self-care tool.

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ALEXA Towersey https://livin.org/blog/news-and-updates/meet-the-women-of-livin-alexa-towersey/

ALEXA’S MENTAL HEALTH TIP:

Change your language, change your life.

You’re not “suffering” from a mental illness. You’re LIVING with one. Just changing that one word gives the entire conversation a new feel. It can be the difference between feeling hopeless and being hopeful.

Every day we have up to 60,000 thoughts, with around 80% of them being negative. That’s HUGE. Especially if those thoughts are being transformed into words, and those words are dictating actions and those actions are creating lifelong habits.

So how do we overcome the tendencies of the mind to avoid the positives and cling onto the negatives?

Baby steps. Start small. Note the negative words you use on a consistent basis and ask yourself how you can change them. Can you be “frustrated” instead of “devastated?” Or on the flip side, can you feel “ecstatic” instead of “pleased?”

YOUR internal dialogue can change your life.

Remember - you’re not struggling, you’re BEING CHALLENGED. And there’s plenty of ways that you can rise to that occasion.

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 Tegan Brooks https://livin.org/blog/news-and-updates/meet-the-women-of-livin-tegan-brooks/

TEGAN’S MENTAL HEALTH TIP:

My mental health tip is to think about what you're doing with your body when you feel your best and find an activity that gets you feeling those vibes.

For me, I struggle if I've spent too much time inside and can feel like I lose perspective. I love to get out for a hike,  especially when you are rewarded with views like these at the top. The fresh air, sun on your face, pumping heart and views can remind you the world can be so much bigger than your bubble.

Also sleep, don't underestimate the benefits of a good powering down and reboot!

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 Tatum Pearce  

https://livin.org/blog/news-and-updates/meet-the-women-of-livin-tatum-perce/                       

TATUM’s MENTAL HEALTH TIP:

I like to stay on top of my mental health by engaging myself regularly with my “FIVE M’s” rule. These combined with a consistent routine keeps me on top of my mental fitness!

 Mindfulness

Practising Mindfulness (and gratitude) is something I have learnt over the last few years and continue to learn daily. It helps bring me a sense of calm and alleviate any anxiety by connecting to my breath and the present moment. I like to use various techniques and have fun with it at the same time!

 Movement

Endorphins! Staying physically fit and active and listening to my body in doing so. Some days just a brisk walk or gentle yoga practise and other days it’s a run or something more vigorous.

 Me Time

In the words of the LIVIN team ‘self care is the number 1 care’. Finding time regularly to put aside just to focus on doing something for me. Life get’s in the way sometimes and it’s easy to forget to look after ourselves. Sometimes it’s even as simple as just checking in on sleep routines, diet and any not so healthy habits that may have accumulated!

Mates

My tribe attracts my vibe! Social connection and spending time with those I love – my friends and family helps me to feel safe, secure and adds a good sense of value and purpose in my life.

 Mother Nature

Getting out into the elements as much as I can is one of the simplest but most effective strategies I use to keep me grounded and centred. Vitamin D, a dip in the ocean or walk in a park does the trick every time.

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 Steph Trainer   

https://livin.org/blog/news-and-updates/meet-the-women-of-livin-steph-trainer/

 STEPH’S MENTAL HEALTH TIP:

Celebrate the small wins and take it one day at a time. Focusing on the things I have done like getting out of bed, moving my body and eating well, helps me find that sense of achievement throughout my day which helps me put one foot in front of the other, one day at a time.    

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Megan Mulcahy     

https://livin.org/blog/news-and-updates/meet-the-women-of-livin-megan-mulcahy/

MEGAN’S MENTAL HEALTH TIP:

Getting good sleep, limiting alcohol intake and simply getting out for a walk are key for me  If I can get to the beach for a walk or read a book, that also helps to fill my bucket. Keeping an eye on my stress levels, by planning out my week and keeping a jobs list up to date to keep me accountable is also helpful to reduce any overwhelming brain fog.

Practicing daily gratitude and checking in on my mates for a chat or a coffee has also been a go to strategy of mine to keep my mental health in check. Writing, particularly at night time, helps me to unwind and empty any clutter in my mind before I go to sleep.

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 Renee Gartner    

 https://livin.org/blog/news-and-updates/meet-the-women-of-livin-renee-gartner/

RENEE’S MENTAL HEALTH TIP:

Being kind to ourselves is paramount to how we can then be present for others. On those days when the weight of the world feels a little heavier on the shoulders, I take my time - and I create micro-goals. Rather than the pressures of, “I have to exercise today”, or “I have to achieve a certain amount of success”, my lists are simplified too, “make your bed”, “to let’s just wash up that one cup in the sink!”

Slowly, you get a small feeling of achievement - that walk/exercise might seem a little more doable - and if it’s not... you have a freshly made bed to jump back into until you are ready to go again!

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Holly Robinson

https://livin.org/blog/news-and-updates/meet-the-women-of-livin-holly-robinson/

HOLLY’S MENTAL HEALTH TIP:

There are a number of things I do to keep myself mentally healthy. Along with daily movement and breaking a good sweat (no, sparkle!) at least 4 times a week, I've found that getting up early and taking control of my morning really helps me. I'm a 'list' person, so after waking up, washing my face, making my bed and perhaps getting in a workout, I love to write down my tasks for the day and the things I'm grateful for.

Then, even if I have an off day, I can still walk into my bedroom at night and be satisfied that I accomplished at least one thing- because that bed looks bloody beautiful!

 

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