Working in Hong Kong can mean long hours with little to no breaks. Coupled with a prevalent overtime culture, pressures at home, and overstimulation of city life, these factors have made Hong Kong the fifth most stressed population globally. In fact, in a recent survey by Cigna, 92% of people say they face daily stress in their lives, with a further 17% expressing that they’re unable to manage this stress.
For many women, becoming a new mother is synonymous with joy and fulfilment, and despite the anticipated sleep deprivation and meltdowns, mothers are excited to bond with their new little one. But this bond may not happen to all mothers, and some can have difficulty in forming an emotional connection, even going as far as tofeel that their new child is a stranger.
Often when there’s a discussion on health, most of us tend to think about our physical health (such as how we diet and exercise) and forget the significance of our mental health. But in many ways, your mental health is just as important as your physical health, and increasingly, there is overwhelming support for the idea that the two are closely linked.
Taking care of your mental health is often overlooked, especially in Hong Kong, where a strong negative stigma prevents individuals from speaking up about their internal issues. In fact, a recent survey conducted by Cigna found that only 10% of stressed Hongkongers said they’ve spoken to a medical professional about their mental state.