On top of everything else they do, women are often the caregivers for their families—which may include children, spouses or partners and aging parents.
It should come as no surprise that stress and "wanting more time for myself" are among women's top health concerns.
These suggestions can help you balance your commitments while maintaining your own health and peace of mind.
- Manage your time wisely—it's a precious resource.
- Set limits with yourself and others. Sometimes you have to say NO to requests for your time and energy.
- Set aside time each day for yourself and the things you enjoy.
- Write it down. Keeping a journal can be a great way to get things off your chest and to work through issues.
- Create your own personalized stress management program based on the sources and symptoms of stress in your life or try simple and beneficial relaxation methods.
- Strive for seven or more hours of sleep every night.
- Stay active. Moderate exercise can relieve tense muscles, increase your energy, and improve your mood.
- Eat healthy. Fuel up with fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain foods.
- Choose from a variety of Group Programs near you.
It's important to remember that you don't have to "do it all". Ask for help when you need it from supportive family members and friends.
Get help from a professional if you need it
If emotional challenges—such as relationship problems, depression or anxiety—are interfering with your ability to manage your life, there are options for getting help.
Visit your GP or the VVCS – Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service for information, help and referrals to other services. Use our contact directory to find the address and phone number of these services in your area.
The VVCS – Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service is a specialised service which helps veterans and their families deal with the impact of war or defence service on everyday life.
VVCS offers individual, couple and family counselling, as well as programs and services for specific concerns such as:
- stress and anger management, assertiveness and self-esteem skills
- alcohol treatment
- PTSD post-program development groups
- partners’ support groups
- health education groups for veterans or partners
- couples' communication skills groups
- lifestyle management
- groups for sons and daughters to help them deal with the impact of having a parent who has been to war
- retirement planning.
You can find out more about the programs available throughout Australia here.
Here are some additional links to topics that may be of interest.
Abusive Relationships links
Alcohol or Drug dependence links