Juggling office work with spring cleaning, decorating, socialising, preparing for the festival, making delicacies, and even organising the rituals, living up to the label of multitasking takes a toll on mental health
New Delhi: Women are known to be multitaskers. From one celebration to another, they can handle all the planning and execution perfectly. However, little does anyone notice that women undergo huge stress
and depression n since working through the entire festivities, they hardly have the energy to enjoy themselves.
The festive season – with Navratri
and Dussehra just gone by, and Diwali fervor at its peak, is not an easy time for women, especially working women. Juggling office work with spring cleaning, decorating, socialising, preparing for the festival, making delicacies, and even organising the rituals, living up to the label of multitasking takes a toll on mental health
“During this time, we usually juggle multiple tasks such as last-minute shopping, cooking festival meals, finalising travel plans, or meeting office deadlines before going on leave. While we do all this, we also have to navigate heavy traffic on the roads and teeming crowds in the market and public places. All this can get chaotic and overwhelming for women and end up impacting their mental well-being,” said Prakriti Poddar
, Global Head
, Mental Health and Well-being, RoundGlass.
Expectations are very high
In a typical household, women, apart from meeting the challenges of a full-time career, and expectations from work, being a full-time mother, wife, daughter, or daughter-in-law can be a very daunting task.
Many women say they feel pressure to introduce culture to their children, which becomes celebrating festivals an added responsibility.
, Counselling Psychologist at YourDOST, says expectations during the festive season cause both physical and mental fatigue.
“Women face tiredness, fatigue, back aches, body aches, headaches, and other issues. Add to this, the responsibility to maintain a balance between work and family can create stress, and anxiety and - if things don’t go well - build a sense of helplessness and worthlessness. Women from the age group of 24 to 45 years specifically undergo a lot of stress due to work pressure from all spheres of their life, which manifests itself in psychosomatic illnesses, conflicts in relationships, and other clinical symptoms,” Sagarika Palo, Counselling Psychologist at YourDOST told Herstory
How to celebrate festivals stress-free
According to Prakriti, women can practice several well-being techniques to “override the challenges with grace.” A few tips to do that are:
Focus on the breath:
Prakriti says the best way to control stress and regulate stress response is by practicing breath control. “Give yourself a few slow
breaths to regulate your nervous system and offer yourself kindness. Taking long, deep inhales and exhales can help you be more grounded in your body and connect to your best flow and performance. The best way to start is by practicing the 4-7-8 breathing technique:
- Breathe in for four seconds
- Hold your breath for seven seconds
- Release the breath as you slowly count to eight
Practice meditation: It is very important to practice mindful meditation to cope with stress and mood swings. Meditation helps one to be calm, strong, and resilient and gives one the ability to cope.
Slow down: Prakriti feels that it is important that women should slow down to relieve themselves of mental pressures that foster the capability to complete tasks effectively. Doing things one at a time help in completing the tasks more effectively.
Be kind to yourself: It is important to be kind to one's mental health instead of feeling low and drained out.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.