Six Natural Ways To Boost Mental Wellbeing This Women’s Health Week

Last Updated on May 1, 2024 by Erin Blair

Did you know that women are more likely to suffer from ongoing stress and depression than men? According to recent studies, women with anxiety disorders are more prone to internalise their emotions which can result in withdrawal, loneliness and depression.

Our guest author, Kate Kendall, Co-Founder & Director of Yoga at Flow Athletic, Author of Life in Flow, and Australia’s most respected Yoga Teacher knows all too well the struggles of modern day life, having worked in a fast-paced advertising agency before switching to a life of Yoga, as well as the ongoing ups and downs of running a business.

As we celebrate Women’s Health Week, we wanted to highlight some natural ways to support mental well-being with some expert tips from Kate herself.

NUTRITION MATTERS

Nutrition is often an overlooked aspect in mental health wellness. What we put in our body plays a very significant role in our mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. Excessive consumption of sugar and processed foods can lead to certain inflammation throughout the body and brain which may contribute to mood disorders including anxiety and depression. Eat a balanced diet that consists of plenty of fresh fruits, whole grains, proteins, and healthy fats.

DON’T DEPRIVE YOURSELF OF A GOOD SLEEP.

Your quality of sleep directly impacts your mood. Try making sleep a priority by going to bed at the same time every night and waking up at the same time every morning. Avoid using your mobile devices an hour from your bedtime as blue light can inhibit relaxation. Create a restful environment and keep your room cool, dark, and quiet.

ENGAGE IN EXERCISE REGULARLY.

Moving our body stimulates the release of feel-good endorphins, which improve mood. Getting 30 minutes or more of physical activity 3-5 days a week is linked with significant improvement of depression and anxiety symptoms. Regular exercise like yoga, pilates, cardio, and more helps our body take a break and relieve stress.

MINDFULNESS, MEDITATION AND BREATHWORK

Meditation is unrivalled when it comes to easing mental health conditions. Meditating can change the brain and the way the body responds to stress. Start a habit of meditating as little as 5 minutes per day first thing in the morning to set the tone for the day. Practising mindfulness means focusing your mind on a particular thought, object, or activity. While meditating it is also vital to pay attention to your breathing. Proper breathing exercise and techniques can improve mental, physical and spiritual well-being.

TALK TO SOMEONE AND SEEK SUPPORT.

Humans are naturally social beings. Opening up and sharing your worries and experiences to a trusted individual or support group is one of the most powerful things you can do to support your mental wellbeing. Not only is there a release in the actual process of letting it all out, but it also helps cultivate feelings of togetherness and a sense of community.

Purchase Kate Kendall’s book Life in Flow here.

Kate Kendall

Kate Kendall

Passionate about teaching the art of practicing presence, Kate is the Co-Founder and Director of Yoga at Flow Athletic. She's also the author of, 'Life in Flow' - a contemporary guide to living your Yoga off the mat.

Serving her community in Paddington and internationally, Kate recognises the huge potential and power in breathwork to dramatically shift mindset and mood and is humbled by the way it's changed her own life.

Kate Kendall

Kate Kendall

Passionate about teaching the art of practicing presence, Kate is the Co-Founder and Director of Yoga at Flow Athletic. She's also the author of, 'Life in Flow' - a contemporary guide to living your Yoga off the mat.

Serving her community in Paddington and internationally, Kate recognises the huge potential and power in breathwork to dramatically shift mindset and mood and is humbled by the way it's changed her own life.

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Our Women's Health Medical Expert

Kathleen Kuntz, MSN/NP

University of Pennsylvania BSN/MSN Nursing 2002 
Australia – AHPRA Registered Nurse with Nurse Practitioner
Specialisation in Obstetrics/Gynaecology/Sexual Health

Kathleen is an experienced Nurse Practitioner with a proven track record of assisting clients in finding relief through alternative plant based medications.

With over 25 years experience in women’s health, Kathleen has extensive experience in looking after female veterans who experience chronic pain, anxiety, PTSD and related insomnia (at unacceptably high rates); women experiencing chronic pain associated with endometriosis or other chronic pelvic pain syndromes; sexual health, vulvovaginal pain, pain with intercourse, and pain related to menopause.

After experiencing the positive effects plant based medicine had on patients in the USA, Kathleen undertook the training/education to become a certified cannabis prescriber. After moving to Canberra from the USA, Kathleen became an authorised prescriber in Australia. 

Kathleen is driven by her passion to help patients on their healthcare journey through alternative medication.