Womanhood is a multifaceted and ever-evolving concept. From navigating societal norms to fighting for equal rights, being a woman comes with its own unique set of challenges and triumphs. In this blog post, we take a closer look at some of the lessons we ( some of the women at Grace Health)🤗learned about what it means to be a woman. From embracing self-care to breaking free from gender stereotypes, here are six things we've discovered about the journey of womanhood.
1. We all have different paths
Imagine if all the movies you ever watched had the same storyline, same actors, same ending, same everything. Sounds boring right? So why do we expect to all get a job at the same time, get married at the same time, have children at the same time and so on? We are all on different paths! Learn to trust the timing of your life. Remember that thing you longed for and now you are already living a dream come true. Perhaps you even forgot what it was like before. Follow your own path that leads to your fulfilment and happiness. Your journey is different from others and you have the power to make your own choices and decisions. Live and enjoy your life!
2. Your body is bound to change
Very few people can say their bodies never change. Especially as a woman, right through puberty, your twenties, postpartum, and menopause, your body is always changing. For some, it may be more visible and for others not so much. The truth is your body will be the longest companion in your life journey. Love your body, cherish it, care for it and accept it as it will change and un-change at most times in your life.
3. Your relationship with your mother gets better
“Yeah, I don’t see that happening!” If you happen to be in a season where you just don’t seem to see eye to eye with your mother and everything always feels like a fight or conflict then that's just where you’re at. But surprise, surprise, it does get better! There’s just something about growing older and finally understanding where she was coming from or seeing things from her perspective. You learn to appreciate her for all she did and what she tried but maybe failed to do. However, not dismissing those who are in really toxic situations, If that’s you, then you need to prioritize your mental health and put yourself first. So if you have a rough/ strained relationship with your mother take heart it will pass and you never know you just might be besties later on in your life.
4. The older you get, the more time you need to recover from life
Just like you tend to need more time to recover from illness or injury as you grow older, you might need even more time to recover from life. As a woman, there’s so much to juggle in life. You could be a daughter, a sister, a friend, a partner, a colleague, or a mother and some, wear all these hats on different days. So it’s important to give yourself breaks from time to time, especially after key events or days. Take a few days off if you can, and learn how to unwind. It’s not only good for your body but for your mind and your soul too.
5. There’s always something to learn about your female health
Just when you think you have mastered your menstrual cycle when to expect your period, and what symptoms you get before you ovulate or when PMSing, then boom! Something changes and it feels like you don’t even know yourself after all these years. We are here to tell you that there’s always something changing meaning there’s always something to learn. Think of it this way, your menstrual cycle itself has all these different phases which are also experienced at different times of your life like during puberty or pre-menopause. Stay open, stay curious and be ready to learn something new always!
6. Cherish your female friendships
Let’s be honest, female friendships, healthy ones, might not be the easiest to find for most women. Many women just prefer to cut down and keep it small if at all any. Having female friends has been characterized by some as “unnecessary drama”. But the truth is if you find true female friendships, they can be very fulfilling. If done right they offer strength to get through the fear, confusion and even danger of being female. Through staggering grief, depression, loss, cancer, trauma, domestic violence, emotional abuse, career failure, infertility, loneliness and death, women consistently find ways to hold one another’s hands and just get through. So if you find even one female friend who you just get along with cherish and invest in that relationship. Remember it is not about the number of friends but the quality of friendship.
Stay informed, stay in control As we celebrate Women’s day & womanhood what have you learned about womanhood?