If you’ve missed the May 18th at 12:00 pm MT/2 pm ET talk presented by Idaho Women’s Business Center and Tree-Fan Events, during which our guest speaker, Anca Platon Trifan, shared practical tips and strategies for prioritizing mental and physical health, managing stress, and achieving a healthy work-life balance, worry no longer, we have the main takeaways below and the video recording  during which she discussed the challenges she has faced as a woman in business, and how she has used mental and physical fitness strategies to achieve success.L

Learning Objective: 

  • Understand the unique challenges faced by women in business and how they impact mental and physical health
  • Learn practical strategies for prioritizing mental and physical health, including stress management techniques and tips for maintaining a healthy work-life balance
  • Gain insights on the role of mental and physical fitness in enhancing productivity and success for women in business
  • Learn how to overcome imposter syndrome and other common mental health challenges faced by women in business
  • Learn how to build a supportive network of colleagues and mentors to help navigate the challenges of being a woman in business.

Overview of the Talk

As Mental Health Awareness Month, May, serves as an important reminder to address behavioral health issues and combat the associated stigma that comes with that. But there is still much work to be done to break the “invisible” chains of ignorance, fear, and neglect that surround mental health issues. Therefore, it’s crucial to acknowledge the significance of mental health and seek support when needed, whether through therapy, support groups, or mindfulness practices.

So this month, I encourage you to examine how various factors, such as social determinants of health, may impact your mental well-being.

As women in business, we face unique challenges that can hinder our progress and potential. Mental and physical fitness are essential for success in the world of business, and it is crucial to prioritize our health and well-being to overcome these challenges. Below are some of the key takeaways from my recent presentation on this important topic.

challenges women face

Common Challenges Experienced by Women

As women in business, we often experience common mental challenges such as imposter syndrome, gender biases, discrimination, and work-life balance. These challenges can be overwhelming and negatively impact our overall well-being. To overcome them, it is essential to build mental and physical fitness strategies.

Imposter Syndrome

Imposter Syndrome is a common challenge that many women experience, particularly in male-dominated fields. This persistent feeling of not being worthy or good enough, despite possessing the necessary qualifications and skills, leads to self-doubt and a sense of inadequacy. Imposter Syndrome can be debilitating, and it is essential to identify our own triggers and reframe negative thoughts. Developing self-compassion, setting achievable goals, and prioritizing continuous learning are also essential strategies.
One way to overcome Imposter Syndrome is to focus on our strengths and unique qualities. We should recognize that everyone faces challenges, and that we need to be kind to ourselves. It is also important to prioritize personal growth and development, acknowledging that we all have something to learn, and that our weaknesses can become strengths with the right mindset.

Gender Bias and Discrimination

Gender bias and discrimination present significant problems as they can limit opportunities in our career. Discrimination can cause feelings of isolation and frustration. Women may face challenges such as being overlooked for promotions, receiving unequal pay for equal work, or not being taken seriously compared to their male counterparts. Strategies to overcome gender bias and discrimination include self-education, building a support network, documenting incidents, and seeking legal advice when necessary.
It is crucial to recognize and address gender bias and discrimination in the workplace. Women should support and empower one another and work towards building a more inclusive and equitable workplace. We should amplify our voices and make sure they are heard. It is also important to educate ourselves and others on these issues and to take action when necessary. Organizations should develop and implement policies that promote gender equality, diversity, and inclusion.


Intersectionality refers to the complex layers of oppression that result from interconnected identity markers such as gender and race. Overcoming intersectionality requires collective effort and practical strategies such as increasing awareness, seeking support, educating ourselves and others, speaking up, and taking action. It is vital to recognize and celebrate our differences, amplify diverse voices and perspectives, and build a sense of community around intersectionality.
One way to build a more inclusive workplace is to create a culture of respect and understanding. We should educate ourselves on intersectionality and be mindful of our own biases. It is also important to listen to diverse perspectives and experiences and to create opportunities for underrepresented groups. Organizations should also prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts by setting measurable goals, regularly tracking and reporting progress, and holding leaders accountable for results.

Work-Life Balance

As career-oriented women, entrepreneurs, and business owners, we often face immense pressure to excel in our professional lives while also being present for our families and our loved ones. The constant juggling act can lead to burnout, affecting our productivity, creativity, and overall mental health. Strategies to combat burnout include prioritizing, creating and sticking to a schedule, setting boundaries, communicating well, practicing self-care, being flexible, and building a support system.
It is essential to assess our priorities and to say no when necessary, recognizing that self-care is essential to overall well-being. It is also important to build a support system and have open communication with loved ones and colleagues. Organizations should also promote work-life balance by offering flexible schedules, remote work options, and other benefits that support employees’ mental and physical health.

When I visualize the kind of woman I want to be, I think of a multi-dimensional woman in business, a bold woman who is not afraid to be herself, she is making a significant impact on the world she’s in.

She is creative.
She is confident.
She is ambitious.
She is intelligent.
She is resourceful.

She is driven and willing to work hard to reach her goals.
She knows how to prioritize her time and responsibilities.
She is not afraid to speak up in meetings or take on new challenges.
She is always looking for ways to grow, improve herself and her business.
She is not easily discouraged, and keeps going even when things get tough.
She is a strong advocate for women’s rights and she is committed to creating a more inclusive and equitable world for all women.

She is leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs.
She is changing the face of business and society.

Let me ask you, would you like to be more like that too?!

Personal Story

I overcame personal challenges and developed mental toughness through consistent training and discipline. I discovered that having a supportive network and developing healthy habits can unlock full potential and make a positive impact in careers and lives. Mental and physical fitness are crucial to overall well-being, and prioritizing our health as women in business is essential to overcoming the unique challenges we face.

The Power of Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a powerful tool that can help us navigate the challenges of our professional and personal lives. Being mindful means being present in the moment, paying attention to our thoughts, feelings, and surroundings without judgment. Mindfulness can help us manage stress, improve focus and productivity, and enhance our overall well-being.
Practicing mindfulness can take many forms, such as meditation, deep breathing, mindful movement, and journaling. It is essential to find what works best for us and to make it a regular practice. By incorporating mindfulness into our daily routine, we can develop mental and physical fitness strategies that help us overcome challenges and thrive in the world of business.

The Importance of Physical Fitness

Physical fitness is just as important as mental fitness in our overall well-being. Regular exercise can improve our mood, reduce stress, boost our energy, and enhance our cognitive function. Physical fitness can also promote better sleep, reduce the risk of chronic diseases, and increase our overall life expectancy.
We should prioritize physical fitness by finding activities that we enjoy and that fit our lifestyle. Exercise can take many forms, such as running, yoga, weightlifting, dancing, or swimming. It is also essential to incorporate movement into our daily routine, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator or going for a walk during lunch breaks.

Main Takeaway

In conclusion, mental and physical fitness are essential to success in the world of business. As women in business, we face unique challenges such as imposter syndrome, gender biases, discrimination, and work-life balance. Developing healthy habits, cultivating a supportive network, and prioritizing personal growth and development are key to overcoming these challenges. By recognizing and celebrating our differences, amplifying diverse voices and perspectives, and building a sense of community, we can unlock our full potential and thrive in the world of business. Organizations should also prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts to create a more inclusive and equitable workplace for all. By incorporating mindfulness and physical fitness into our daily routine, we can develop strategies that help us overcome challenges and thrive in the world of business.
[00:01:36] Mental Health Awareness Month.
[00:05:01] Mind Training for Performance.
[00:08:47] Imposter syndrome.
[00:12:54] Work-life integration.
[00:18:59] Overcoming trauma through bodybuilding.
[00:23:50] Mental toughness for success.
[00:25:54] Healthy competitiveness.
[00:31:19] Prioritizing self-care.
[00:35:34] Mental health awareness.
[00:43:47] Lifting weights empowers women.
[00:43:54] Benefits of physical activity.
[00:49:22] Macros and Nutrition.
[00:54:05] Consistency for success.
[00:56:55] Speaking at conferences.





Thank you for your interest in our talk on “Mental and Physical Fitness for Women in Business“. If you found this topic engaging and thought-provoking, you can have the opportunity to explore it in-depth by inviting our guest speaker, Anca, to present at your internal company meeting or upcoming event. Anca will bring her personal experiences and insights to your team, offering practical strategies for building a culture of trust, honesty, and open communication while advocating for diversity and equity. To connect with us and schedule a talk, please send us a direct message, and we’ll be happy to arrange it.

Check out Anca’s other topics she’s passionate about: https://treefanevents.com/event-speaker/

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