Mother’s Day and Women’s Health Month: All About Women
May is all about women. Since it contains Mother’s Day and is Women’s Health Month, there’s no better time to celebrate and acknowledge mothers and all the women in your life.
The importance of women’s health
Women do a lot. They’re mothers, wives, daughters, friends, sisters, bosses, employees, volunteers, and often, it’s a woman who’s your greatest cheerleader.
With all these roles, it’s no surprise that it can be difficult for women to stay truly healthy and strong all the time. Ask any woman how she’s feeling, and chances are, she’ll tell you that she’s not sleeping very well, feels like she doesn’t have enough time for herself, or feels stressed in general.
Statistics support this anecdotal evidence. Considerably more adult U.S. women have experienced an anxiety disorder compared to U.S. men (23.4% of women and 14.3% of men).
Often, anxiety and depression can stem from too much stress, which can have serious health consequences when left untreated. Heart and weight problems, trouble getting pregnant, sleep disturbances, and headaches are just a few of the difficulties caused by an overload of stress.
When the burdens of everyday life get to be too much, some women turn to alcohol or drugs to help ease their worries and troubles. It’s common to want to self-medicate when feeling overwhelmed, but self-medication can quickly turn into substance abuse or addiction.
But if you or a woman you love is struggling with an addiction, there is help and hope. Rehabs for women understand the unique issues that women face and help them address their substance or alcohol abuse disorders in a safe, comfortable environment.
Helping mothers and the women in your life stay healthy
Since May is the month to celebrate mothers and women’s health, it’s an excellent time to start helping the ladies in your life stay healthy by finding ways to help them reduce stress, laugh and relax more, and maintain good health every day.
Whether you’re making a meal, taking a task off her hands, or helping with something bigger, such as encouraging her to find assistance for alcohol or substance abuse, love and support can make all the difference in creating a happier, healthier life.
nimh.nih.gov – Any Anxiety Disorder
sunshinebehavioralhealth.com – Women’s Drug & Alcohol Rehab Resources
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