We’ve put together a list of must-read articles in celebration of South African Women’s Day – so go on, take the plunge and empower yourself:
1. SEE: 14 facts about menstruation you might not know
Did you know that you will have about 400 periods during your lifetime? Don’t shy away from your cycle – own it! Our bodies are fascinating, and menstruation is not something ever to be embarrassed about.
2. Your severe symptoms might not be PMS
Always blaming your bad mood and cramps on PMS? Too scared to discuss the problem with your doctor in case it's not “serious” enough? Know that there is help (and probably a cause) when your symptoms are severe.
A condition called PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) affects between 2% and 5% of women. Extreme mood swings and depression can affect the quality of your life – get to grips with your symptoms and get diagnosed.
3. 3 ways to feel better about yourself in 2018
Although we are already more than halfway through the year, it’s never too late to develop a healthy body image. Stop beating yourself up! Have you ever considered being kind to yourself instead? It could have a profound effect on your health.
4. Breaking the stigma: Mental health in the workplace – 5 articles you must read
Mental health is a topic of great importance. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. It is often frowned upon for women to “show emotions” in the workplace, but we need to be more in touch with mental health all around us. This article contains valuable information.
5. 7 sexual health myths
Let’s openly talk about sex – because there are many untrue rumours about sexual health and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Take responsibility for your sexual freedom and health by separating the facts from the fallacies.
6. 6 things you want to know about eating disorders by a psychologist
Are you a mother raising a teenager? Have you suffered or are you suffering from an eating disorder? Do you feel pressure from society, telling you that your body is not “healthy” enough?
Empower yourself and know the signs. Read what a clinical psychologist can tell you about eating disorders.
7. Limpopo shelter gives hope to abused women
Abuse towards women, whether in the form of domestic violence or sexual misconduct, remains a problem in South Africa. Fortunately there are those who aim to make a difference. This empowering story is about how the Ekuphumleni Restoration Home offers hope and second chances to women who are victims of sexual abuse, domestic abuse, rape, human trafficking and incest.
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