Emotional Health

Emotional Health

How well you handle stress, anger, relationships, work, family life-it all factors into your emotional health. Finding balance in life-as well as peace of mind-helps us cope with life's ups and downs. Take time to explore new ways to find stress relief, and to release anxiety, and unhappiness. Counseling can help-as can a gratitude journal.

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    That depends on whom you ask. One survey of 38,000 men and women across 44 countries found that women scored themselves as more satisfied with their lives. Women who rate their happiness based on personal and domestic matters might consider themselves more content than men who rate their bliss based on financial success - at least until middle age, when one study shows men appreciate their families more.

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    Just as trying to conceive can affect your sex life as a couple, it can also pose special challenges for men and women individually. For guys, the pressure to perform -- and deliver -- on demand can be even more stressful than you might imagine. What at first seems like an all-you-can-eat sexual buffet may eventually give a man a proverbial stomachache in the form of low sexual desire, erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, or delayed ejaculation. Be aware of how conception sex can trigger or worsen these issues, and consult a physician or sex therapist if they don’t resolve.
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    Some women deliberately cause self-injury, possibly in response to trauma as a child or an adult. They may cut, hit, or burn themselves or pull out their hair in an effort to cope with overwhelming feelings. The self-injury is not about suicide but rather is an attempt to cope (although one might have suicidal feelings apart from the self-injury).

    Some mental health professionals find self-injury difficult to deal with and sometimes react with unhelpful frustration and accusatory language, for example, "You are doing this just to get attention." It is important to find someone experienced with this problem who can be sympathetic and supportive, and who understands how self-injury can serve as a soothing mechanism when difficult feelings become overwhelming. Some women find it helpful to start or join a support group. Because there is a lot of shame involved in self-injury, it is often kept a secret that women bear alone.

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    There is the emotional side of a woman’s pain. When pain goes on long enough, it can lead to fatigue, insomnia, depression, broken relationships, loss of income, and even suicide.
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    Following a death of a spouse, a new widow may find a wave of new responsibilities has landed on her shoulders. Often, even women who work outside the home have depended on a spouse or companion to provide a substantial share of the couple's income; some may have worked only part-time because of other responsibilities. Older women who have been in long-term relationships may feel swamped by anxiety when faced for the first time in many years with a multitude of unfamiliar tasks, ranging from directing financial investments and filing taxes to making or overseeing home repairs.

    While women are usually allowed to show emotion in Western culture, those raising children often feel compelled to act strong, even when they are devastated, simply to keep family life in motion. And even when a woman feels immobilized by grief, she may be expected to feed and host relatives arriving for the funeral.

    Because women are so often caregivers for elderly parents and ill spouses or children, a death may offer release from onerous or emotionally painful responsibilities. At the same time, though, it tears the fabric of that woman's daily life and, possibly, severs deep affections and a sense of connection. These conflicting, painful feelings can be hard to wrestle with alone.
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    Women tend to become angry when they feel let down by family members or close friends, or when they feel these people expect too much of them without giving in return. Women's anger often appears to be intermingled with the hurt they feel from those closest to them.

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    There’s no doubt that it takes some exceptional qualities to get to the top. Especially when, on the way up, a woman will be dogged by charges of “ambition,” “drive,” and “pushiness.” But the biggest obstacle isn’t the media or male colleagues (or even some of our fellow females). Worse than the culture’s approach to women in power are our own fears about power: the fear that we’re setting ourselves up for attack, the fear that we’ll alienate others, the fear that we may actually become the caricature of the obnoxious, shrill, she-devil boss. All these fears manifest themselves in the fear of expressing ourselves. It’s an internalized censorship of ambition. Which is all the worse because, now more than ever, we need women leaders to take us beyond the world of fear we live in. Real leadership is too rare and too valuable to limit the pool to half the population. 

    As it turns out, women are ideally suited to supplying the qualities we need in leaders right now: being strong and decisive while at the same time being nurturing, wise, and respectful enough to tell the truth with a moral authority that inspires and empowers. We can no longer afford to look for leadership solely among elected officials. We must learn to mine the greatest and most unexploited leadership resource available to us: ourselves. 

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    Women have twice the frequency of depression as men, and are more vulnerable to many psychiatric disorders between puberty and menopause. Menopause and the postpartum are times of high vulnerability for women. Women are more likely to be hospitalized or jailed in the days just before menstruation begins. Transdermal estrogen has been proven in three studies to have antidepressant effects (as opposed to oral estradiol).
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    Sigmund Freud coined the term "penis envy" to describe the displeasure that little girls experience when they realize they do not have a penis. It also describes how these girls to take actions over the course of their lives to compensate for lacking a penis.

    To the delight of many feminists, a good many psychologists downplay this idea, or dismiss it entirely. They say it is entirely possible for women to be motivated on their own power, without having to compensate for a lack of male parts.

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    The concept of femininity frequently interferes with a woman’s ability to be assertive and aggressive -- especially at work. We so want to be liked that we worry about alienating people, so we often try to get what we want behind the scenes while still being careful to avoid seeming manipulative and disingenuous. It’s nice to be nice, but it can be extremely draining and self-destructive when it mutes our voice, holds us back, and undermines our authenticity. Fear of sticking our necks out because of how we’ll be perceived often causes us to sabotage our careers. And the consequences of stifling ourselves aren’t just financial. Deeply ingrained cultural ideals of femininity make it much harder for women to own up fearlessly to their ambitions and pursue them without apology. We pay the price in opportunity, achievement, success, and satisfaction.