Women’s Wellness

“Someone was hurt before you, wronged before you, hungry before you, frightened before you, beaten before you, humiliated before you, raped before you…yet someone survived”
– Maya Angelou

According to a study conducted in 2019, more than 1 in 5 women have experienced a mental health condition in the past year. This can be due to a variety of reasons, not the least of which being the many biological differences between men and women. Women suffer from mental health conditions at a higher rate than men, while men are more likely to suffer from birth defects and other illnesses. Women have bilateral verbal areas on the left and right sides of their brain, while men are unilateral with only one area on their left side. Women also typically receive better blood flow to the area of the brain that is responsible for processing emotions, increasing the likelihood for women to revisit emotional memories. Women are also almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression than men. Because Women are different from men, it makes perfect sense that the societal roles of men and women have differed throughout the ages. There is nothing wrong with that. Being a woman does mean being weak or unimportant. Women can still be women and be powerful, just as men can express emotion and vulnerability and still be men. It is ok to be who you are biologically designed to be. In fact, embracing your strengths, characteristics and roles as a female can be the most empowering thing for a woman to do.