12 Jul How to Balance your Mood and your Food
Women are nearly twice as likely as men to develop depression. They have a 12-13% lifetime prevalence rate for depression, meaning more than 10 million women may suffer from it each year. Although depression can occur at any age, it’s most common in women between the ages of 40 and 59—and as many as 23% of women in their 40s and 50s currently take an anti-depressant. As we know from previous posts about depression, it has long been known to relate to body dissatisfaction and eating disorders; women in their perimenopausal years may be especially vulnerable to depression, body image dissatisfaction, and eating disorders.
What can you do about depression? Your first priority should be to taking care of yourself. If you suspect you may have a clinically diagnosable condition, please seek proper diagnosis and treatment from a professional.
If you are experiencing a depressed mood, it may be the result of many things, but it is often a sign that your needs are not being met, and that it’s time to turn inward for a while.
I have three recommendations:
1. Make self-care a priority. I’m not talking about an occasional massage or an annual vacation. “[Self-care is] choosing to make sure that you get what you need on all levels—physically, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally—every day,” Christine Arylo says. That’s right: Self-care means taking care of yourself every single day. I now: You’re busy. Who isn’t? But you need to carve time out of your schedule for yourself each day.
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