October 27, 2023

Mental Health Care for The Career Woman


When you think about it, modern women are really like superheroes. They are obtaining college degrees and climbing corporate ladders, but they're doing so while also raising families. They may also find themselves taking care of aging parents at the same time.

 While some women can manage juggling all of these significant responsibilities, many women, over time, will experience burnout and mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.

 

A Gold Medal for Prioritizing Mental Health

Last summer, the world held its collective breath as gymnast Simone Biles made the heartbreaking decision to withdraw from the Olympic finals. She was very transparent, announcing her decision resulted from making her mental health a priority. 

This was an actual act of bravery, and her decision shone a light on the importance of protecting the mental health of world-class athletes. But the reality is that protecting your health is important for all women, no matter your career choice. It is vitally important to prioritize their mental health from professional athletes to CEOs and every career woman in between.

How Career Women Can Cultivate Good Mental Health

The following are some ways professional women can protect their mental health from the burdens of careers and family life:

Accept and Expect Imperfections

No matter how hard you try, you'll never get everything perfect 100% of the time, and that's okay. Recognize your humanity and give yourself a break.

Find Support

As you continue to try and be there for everyone else, you must find people and things to lean on. This can mean family, friends, your faith, or a personal exercise routine. 

Make Time for Yourself

It's important to step back from the daily grind every once in a while to just rest and relax. The more you take the time to recharge your battery, the more able you'll be to juggle the responsibilities of your life.

 

Talk with Someone

Sometimes it's easier to speak with someone outside your social or familial network. Talking with a therapist can help you gain perspective on your life and abilities. They can also give you strategies to navigate the stressful situations in your life. If you would like to speak with someone and explore treatment options, don't hesitate to contact me.


Magdalene Acquah is a Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist. She hopes her blog can bring awareness to mental illness and help individuals seeking mental health care and the support needed.

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