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What you need to know today...

In our national Women’s Health Survey conducted earlier this year, more than one in three respondents told us they did not get time to themselves on a weekly basis. So make some time today. Get comfy and listen in. Here’s what you need to know about today’s important health topic.
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Master your mind! Today’s live video features Women's Health Week ambassador and psychologist Caroline Anderson. Caroline will give practical advice on ways to nurture good mental health and how to overcome feelings of anger, frustration and irritability.


Can’t watch it live? Refresh this page after 1:30pm AEST and you can watch the recorded video at a time that suits you, perhaps as part of your own Women’s Health Week event.

The power of change

Bad habits, be gone! Learn the latest from mental health experts about how to make positive changes that last.

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Quiz | Is it worry, anxiety or an anxiety disorder?

Find out more about your mental health and take the anxiety self-assessment quiz. There are also lots of helpful tools, videos and podcasts for women of different ages and life stages.

A menu for mental health

Research is emerging that the heart-healthy way of eating – the Mediterranean diet – can also benefit brain and mental health. This is great news, as almost half of the women who responded to our annual survey had been diagnosed with depression or anxiety by a doctor or psychologist. Also, more than two thirds of them – almost 67% – reported feeling nervous, anxious or on edge nearly every day or on more than seven days in the four weeks prior to doing the survey.

Making good food choices ensures that essential nutrition is available for our bodies and minds, and is a great start to achieving positive mental health.

So, better food really can help to create a better mood. The Mediterranean way of eating isn’t a diet plan; it’s just about eating a balanced range of wholefoods and enjoying life. Here's what the studies say about the Mediterranean diet:

  • Sticking closely to the ‘Med’ way of eating has been shown to increase a person’s ability to cope with stress
  • The Med diet is rich in healthy fats, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients that help to protect brain and nerve cells
  • It’s also big on B-group vitamins, which help to produce the brain chemicals that impact mood and mental health
  • The Med diet is low in trans fats (commonly found in packaged and fast foods), which have been linked with an increased risk of developing depression
  • Gut health is linked to mental health, and the Med diet provides great fuel for healthy gut bacteria.

Lunch on the Mediterranean

So what exactly is the Mediterranean diet and how do you follow it for better mental health?

Read about the guiding principles and get a bonus Mediterranean-inspired salad recipe. This dish is quick to prepare and can be adapted according to what you have on hand – perfect to pack for a work lunch or when you're having a busy day.

Real women, real advice

Caroline Anderson, Women's Health Week ambassador, psychologist & former Olympian

“A lot of people think that the best way to motivate themselves to exercise is to be self-critical. However, self-compassion and being kind to yourself is much more effective when it comes to motivation. Pay less attention to negative, unmotivating and unhelpful thoughts. Instead focus your attention on what really matters – your health and vitality.”

Hosting an event today?

Here are three quick tips for all those hosting Women's Health Week events today. Don't forget, it's not too late to join an activity in your area, search here.

The gift of a gentle reminder

Be your own best friend. Download this e-Card as a gentle reminder to practise self-care and self-kindness, now and into the future. It’s our gift for you to keep, or share with friends on your social media channels. Don’t forget to use #myhealthfirst #womenshealthweek

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