As we celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, here’s a look at the various roles a working woman plays, which take a toll on her health, and suggestions to lead a healthy life.
Emails that fill the Inbox almost all the time, travel arrangements that make you think twice about family and the struggle of work-life balance —a working woman’s life oscillates like a pendulum in between office demands and home chores. And between these oscillations, there is an anxiety or keeping up with the demands of both worlds.
“Being a working woman feels like being on a double-edged sword. Most of the time, I find myself sacrificing on my social life, family life and on me-time to be efficient In everything else. Juggling such varied responsibilities takes a toll on my health that I usually ignore. This is the case with every working woman’s life. We should all take care of ourselves,” says Tanya Mukherjee. 26- year-old urban planner.
And for working women and mothers with toddlers, the pressure multiplies. Motherhood is constant, demanding and exhausting. Nikita Joseph, who Is a teacher and mother ora six-month-old, says, “It’s difficult I have to wake up early in the morning and feed my baby, finish my work In the kitchen, and then go to school. Professional life is extremely mind-boggling. At the end of the day. I’m so tired and stressed. Thankfully, my colleagues look out for me.”
FIGHT THE STRESS
This act of Juggling multiple commitments may lead to mental distress. Clinical psychologist and author Pulklt Sharma says. “The main source of stress for working women is multiple things in their lives. They are expected to do well both at work and home One should take a rational approach and not make everything performance-oriented That Increases the risk of depression among women.” Sharma, who deals with such cases, adds. “This is very common. You can’t be running marathons In every sphere of your life.”
Women should workout every day as self-care Is important
IT’S TIME TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEALTH, LADIES
Obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Rachna Kohatgl says. “Working women undergo a lot of stress because they constantly strive to keep a balance on all fronts. They are reluctant to get themselves checked and ignore their health. While doing justice to both their profession and family, they are prone to a lot of med leal complications.” Every woman should first prioritize herself. She adds. “Women need to And time for themselves. They should workout everyday, go for regular health checkups, and take adequate breaks. Self-care is Important. “
NUTRITION IS THE KEY
Dietician Esther John gives some nutrition and diet tips.
- Hormonal changes associated with menstruation pregnancy and menopause mean that women have a higher risk of anemia, weakened bones, and osteoporosis, requiring a higher intake of nutrients such as iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, and vitamin B9 (folate)
- They also need calcium to build healthy bones and teeth, regulate heart’s rhythm and ensures nervous system functions properly. Calcium deficiency cause anxiety. depression, and sleep difficulties. If you don’t get enough calcium in your diet, your body will take calcium from your bones to ensure normal cell function which can lead to weakened bones or osteoporosis.
- Magnesium increases calcium absorption from the Mood into the bone. In fact, your body can’t utilize calcium without it Good sources include leafy green vegetables, broccoli, cucumber green beans, celery: and a variety of seeds.
- Vitamin D is also crucial to the proper metabolism of calcium. You can get Vitamin D from about half an hour of direct sunlight, and from foods such as salmon, shrimp, cods and eggs.
- Some of the best sources of calcium ate dairy products. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends limiting your saturated fat intake to no more than 10% of your daily calories.
- If you are planning pregnancy, eat organic foods and grass-fed or free-range meat and eggs in order to limit pollutants and pesticides that may interfere with fertility.
A bowl of leafy green vegetables with broccoli, celery, cucumber, green beans and a variety of seeds helps to increase the magnesium in your body
ADOPTING A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE
Holistic wellness expert Mickey Mehta gives some lifestyle tips.
- At home, do simple yoga exercises like Surya Namaskar, Bhujangasana to improve immunity.
- At the office, ditch the lift and take the stairs Also, in the evening, a 10-minute walk in the garden would add to overall immunity and energy.
- Once or twice a week have an all-fruit day to keep your weight in check. Also, pamper yourself with a spa treatment maybe once or twice a week.
- Practice meditation before sleeping and also after waking up.
- Be selfish. Serve yourself so much so that you can serve the world better.