Women under pressure

Women under pressure

We as a women are more vulnerable to poor mental health than men and it is mainly because we are expected to function as carer, homemaker, and breadwinner – all while being perfectly shaped and impeccably dressed.

Although we know that domestic work is undervalued and we find it harder to advance in a career, have to juggle multiple roles, and are bombarded with images of apparent female “perfection”, it would be surprising if there wasn’t some emotional cost. These are challenges that can wear away at the self-esteem of even the toughest individual and low self-esteem is a well-documented risk factor for psychological problems. Apart from being multitasks we are far more likely than men to have experienced sexual abuse, a trauma often implicated in later mental illness.

Apart from that we also face pressure of being judged at every phase of our life – as a daughter, as a professional, as a wife, as a daughter in law and as well mother in law and worst part is that – one women criticise other women. We need to learn to appreciate and motivate each others to grow and have a happy life.

A helping hand or some understanding words makes a big difference.

Why we don’t see and appreciate what we have? Why we worry more about future than living in present? We can’t change the past, so stop reliving the “should have’s” and “could have’s.” We can’t control the future either, so stop pre-living worries and anxieties.

Try to stay in the present moment because it’s the only place we can really choose to behave in ways that can reduce stress and anxiety.

I won’t say that we should not plan ahead rather I would suggest – it is good to plan for future but living in present is also very important.  Good mental health helps us to enjoy life and cope with problems. It offers a feeling of well-being and inner strength. Just as we take care of our body by eating right and exercising, we can do things to protect our mental health by focusing on good sleep quality, guided meditation techniques & by doing things mindfully. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

How to look after our Mental health :

  • Talk about your feelings. Talking about your feelings can help you stay in good mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled.
  • Eat well.
  • Be active.
  • Keep in touch.
  • Ask for help.
  • Take a break.
  • Do something you love in a day (painting, dancing, running)
  • Sleep well.

 The less we give it to ourselves, the less we will receive it from others.

Easy ways to recover or improve our Emotional Well being : 

Meditation is not just about sitting crosslegged in silence but it is way beyond it. There are many ways of doing  Meditation and you can find meditation technique which suits you best :

I have seen many people say that – they can’t focus, is it impossible for their mind to stop wandering from happening, meditation includes the times when our attention has strayed from the object of awareness. Every one of us, without exception have minds that wander, at least to some degree, so a key part of the practice here is learning, through practice, that this is normal. In time, there will be less wandering, and when it does happen, you will not be so disturbed by it.  The more practice you get in dealing with this, paradoxically, the stronger your concentration and sense of peace will be.  Sometimes it’s said that the “wandering thoughts are the weights that train the muscles of the mind”.

Body Scan Guided Meditation: 

When we practice the body scan, we are systematically and intentionally moving our attention through the body, attending to the various sensations in the different regions. That we can attend to these body sensations at all is quite remarkable. That we can do it at will, either impulsively or in a more disciplined systematic way, is even more so. Without moving a muscle, we can put our mind anywhere in the body we choose and feel and be aware of whatever sensations are present in that moment.

We can practice body scans, long or short, lying in bed at night or in the morning. We can also practice them sitting or even standing. There are countless creative ways to bring the body scan or any other lying down meditation into our life. If you make use of any of them, it is highly likely that you will find that they will bring new life to you, and bring you to a new appreciation for your body and how much it can serve as a vehicle for embodying here and now what is deepest and best in yourself, including your dignity, your beauty, your vitality, and your mind when it is open and undisturbed.

Active Meditation:

Active Meditation is an evolutionary process of being in activity while simultaneously witnessing what is – our body movements, thoughts, emotions, and the activity itself.

The quickest way to relax and experience a peaceful meditative state of pure consciousness in this day and age is through active meditation. Many people find active meditations easier and more enjoyable to practice because they help to quickly release accumulated stress from the body and mind, and allow even the busiest minds to experience silent gaps of inner peace with much less effort.

Yoga Nidra: 

Yoga nidra is among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness. In lucid dreaming, one is only, or mainly, cognizant of the dream environment, and has little or no awareness of one’s actual environment.

The practice of yoga relaxation has been found to reduce tension and anxiety. The autonomic symptoms of high anxiety such as headache, giddiness, chest pain, palpitations, sweating and abdominal pain respond well. It has been used to help soldiers from war cope with post traumatic stress disorder.

It is very important to appreciate ourself and respect our body and our feelings, once we stop judging ourselves, we can stop judging other females too.

When women supports each other, incredible things happen.

Stay Healthy  |  Stay Happy

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