Vikas Chawla is an Ayurvedic Pharmacist from Punjab State Faculty of Ayurvedic and Unani System of Medicine, Mohali Punjab. He has also done MBA in Services management from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai. With ten years of experience in the service industry, he is a Certified Sound Healer, Certified Grand Master Reiki, Energy Healer, Aura and Chakra Healer, and Distance Healer.

Poor Mental health among working women has become a prime concern. The hectic schedule of a working woman is filled with challenges. They are being tossed between the pressure of work at the office and their daily responsibilities towards the family. This strenuous work routine from morning to evening has significant mental impact on women mentally. The taboo of discussing mental health issues is also widely prevalent in society, adding on to it the adulterated food, lack of nutritional diet makes them prone to eating disorders and anaemia.

From a very young age, women are trained to be the whole sole caretaker of family. Most of them tend to struggle with creating a balance between personal and professional commitments. One of the most crucial reasons for being mentally ill is not giving proper time to their personal needs. Something as basic as a sound sleep cycle seems hardly attainable and proves to be another major reason which deteriorates their lifestyle and ultimately questions their mental health.

A simple lifestyle tip for women is to understand their worth and target their priorities; also sharing their workload with other family members must be made a regular practice, which will make things slightly easier for them.

Pandemic increasing burden on Mental Health

The pandemic time has changed the whole scenario of the workplace. On one side where the work from home had become the new normal, it had also equally become an alarming concern for working women. Women found themselves enclosed in those four walls with increasing responsibility. Taking care of the elders, school-going children, and managing healthy meals were additional tasks in their kitty.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), India’s mental health workforce is severely understaffed there are only three psychiatrists and psychologists for every 1,00,000 people. Roughly 56 million Indians suffer from depression, and 38 million suffer from some anxiety disorder.

The traditional method to take care of mental health

For modern women, time has become a luxury and taking out time for psychiatric counselling or medication are widely perceived to be the worst case scenarios. In order to ensure their day-to-day sound mental health, here is a list of some traditional methods of Ayurveda that can be practiced at homes for achieving a righteous mental state. The ancient method of Ayurveda has the cure of a minor cold to major diseases like PCOD and IBS, for individuals undergoing stress and borderline anxiety issues these home remedies can be practiced-

  • Lavender as a fragrant flower also has mind-calming properties. The floral aroma of lavender creates a relaxing atmosphere around. Massaging your head with lavender oil helps to grow your cells and relax your mind.
  • Massaging your body with the herbal oil twice or thrice a week is also one of the finest ways to keep yourself physically as well as mentally fit.
  • Regular Yoga helps lower the stress level and also increases the endorphins in your nervous system. It also decreases anxiety and improves sleeping habits.
  • Practicing meditation 15-20 minutes daily to relax your mind keeps you energetic throughout the day.
  • Having saffron and ashwagandha in your diet boosts the mood and reduces oxidative stress. Being an adaptogen, ashwagandha strengthens the immune system by reducing stress.
  • Having ¼ tablespoon of ginger in tea makes you refresh. Try to avoid caffeine and fried food in your diet as it results in slow metabolism, digestion issues and ultimately health concerns leading to stress.