Stress: A tired mind’s misery

Article by: Archana Sathish, Marketing & Communication, Avtar

After a long tiring day at work, what is the usual thing that we all do? Some of us would like to watch TV, some would just crash on bed, and many of us won’t even feel like doing anything at all.

Have we ever thought why do we do all these things? Personal space and me time are enjoyed by everyone whenever they have time. Again, why? Well it’s all on our minds, isn’t it? We have so many thoughts running through our mind per second. We exert our emotions and frustration in various ways due to stress, work tension. Believe it or not, stress plays with our health and changes us by playing with the mind. This isn’t a good sign. We all crib and cry. “I’m stressed”, “I hate this job”, “Life is so tiring!”. But how many of us actually sit back and think about the solutions for the stress? How many of us have accepted the changes at work, and tried to adapt ourselves in such circumstances? Just close your eyes and go back for a second. What happened today? What made you feel so stressed? Was there any other way than being stressed to deal with the problem?

The biggest problem with human beings is that we can never be wholly satisfied. We always find some fault somewhere. Maybe at work your manager would have given you a hard day and you would have frowned upon the very same. You might blame it on your manager’s behavior or meeting deadlines. And in the end, you end up declaring that you are stressed. And this is why, we need to first understand what is the problem with us before we say “stress”.

Well, that’s not very hard. All we need to do is to stay calm and take a deep breath. Observe what is going on around you.

  • Think twice before you speak to anyone. If something bad is happening around you, think as to what you did first before you land up getting stressed!
  •  As acceptance plays a huge role for all human beings in every scenario, we have to learn to accept situations, adapt ourselves towards changes, learn the new changes with smiles on our faces.
  • Also, we can try out some home remedies to reduce the pressure. Try the magic spell of yoga and meditation or other relaxation techniques.
  • Spend time with your family and friends.
  • Stop procrastination.
  • Plan your day properly and have a good sleep as it’s very important for all of us to give the brain a good rest.
  • Have your food on time.
  • Avoid taking medicines (if not necessary).
  • If things are difficult at work at least make an effort to give it a chance. Try discussing the issues that are bothering you with your manager. May be a small talk over a coffee break will help in breaking the ice.

It’s common for stress to lurk into your workplace and personal life but with a positive attitude you can bring down the pressure and improve you overall work-life balance.


In times of Corona: A working mother’s guide to remote working

Coronavirus outbreak, now declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation, is taking the world by storm. Every age group, every gender, and every profession from around the globe is hit by this severe disease. Hand washing is a daily ritual. Social distancing is the mantra to live by. A large public gathering is an offense. Educational institutions are on standby. And working from home is the new normal.

As we can witness the dynamic shift in everything because of the global adversity scenario, couples are also making tough decisions on how to divide their share of unpaid labor. In solution, the lives of a large sum of working mothers are not the same anymore. The kids are at home. The elderly have been confined to indoors. The house help and baby sitters have been sent away on paid leave fearing the risk of contagion. And the working mother is unconsciously left to deal with taking care of the kids, combating this infectious disease to ensure her family is safe with the equal focus of meeting the deadlines at work. In addition to that, the majority of social and health workers comprises of women. They are on the front lines in the battle against COVID-19, thus, putting them at a greater risk of getting infected.

Coronavirus might bring out the ugly side of gender equality. Couples might suddenly find themselves caught in the argument of who is going to be a breadwinner and who can play the role of a homeworker. Instead of a hard core debate on equality, let’s think and devise the solutions to streamline a woman’s daily routine.

  • Reject the work-life balance myth

First and foremost, it’s only fair if we agree that we can’t have it all. Work and life don’t have to be a tug of war. Instead, develop a synergy between the two and bridge the guilt gap when you have to unplug. It is Work-Life integration like no other time.

  • Set a consistent morning routine

Make a to-do list. Schedule your tasks with a proper timeline. Easy to say and easier to do. The hardest tasks on your to-do list should be completed as when you feel the sharpest and focused.

  • Engage your kids in an activity

Before you sit down to officially begin your work, keep your kids busy with some interesting – craft or puzzle activity. This can also act as letting your kids know that you are in a ‘do not disturb’ mode. While cutting down screen time is healthy, allowing them one while you wind up an important meeting is the smart way to do it.

  • Get on the same page with your partner

Just like you brainstorm ideas in a conference room, in a similar manner use your living room to formulate a game plan with your parenting partner to share the responsibilities of child care and housework. The best example: alternate shifts with your partner if he’s working from home too.

  • Ask for help

It takes a village to raise a child. So asking or taking help from a family member or a friend is not a sign of weakness. In times of Corona, just be cautious of the hygiene habits of the individual taking care of your kids. The same goes for relying on a colleague to help with your project if you are away handling mother duties.

  • Communicate

It’s mandatory to be transparent to your co-workers about your necessity to meet your kid’s needs. In between video conferences, it’s suitable to give the other person a heads up on your work from home environment.

Times are difficult. But this shall pass if the best of human nature can rise to the challenge. Your kids and your parents are the ones who need the utmost care during this time. So even with the lockdown and the pressure of working from home, savour the small moments with your kids and the elderly. Take timely breaks, and have a hearty chat with them. Boost their immunity (don’t forget yours). Sanitize at regular intervals.

Every dark cloud has a silver lining. Likewise, in this hassle of work-life integration, your family’s well-being is the silver lining. Because in times of Corona, you need your loved ones to be safe more than a pat on your back for being a superwoman.


PCOS Awareness month

Today’s working women experience a lot of hormonal issues and the commonest of which is PCOS or poly cystic ovarian syndrome which is now also known as the metabolic reproductive syndrome. This can affect your overall health and appearance, anybody who has attained puberty can have PCOS. It is a health problem that affects one in 10 women of childbearing age. Even though most of us are familiar with the term. Do we know enough about it?  Read More » “PCOS Awareness month”


Fit your Fitness

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Article By Lakshmi Vijaykumar, Senior Research Consultant -AVTAR Group

Fitness is the new buzzword. You turn around and you will find eight out of ten people talking about all sort of diets – keto, low carb, green – et al to name just a few. While many of these that are typically weight loss programs will help in losing that extra flab, lack of a good disciplined exercise routine can pull your fitness levels down to unimaginable levels. Read More » “Fit your Fitness”


Tips For Moms With Newborn Babies

Here are useful tips for moms with newborns !

Article Credits: Dr. Mrs. Rani Nandakumar, M.D., D.G.O., MICOG, Retired Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Senior Consultant Obstetrician, Gynaecologist, & Sonologist, Laparoscopic Surgeon and Specialised in Reproductive Medicine. She has 40 years of experience in obstetrics and gynaecology. Read More » “Tips For Moms With Newborn Babies”


World Osteoporosis Day: Osteoporosis – Diagnosis and Treatment

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Article Credits: Dr. Mrs. Rani Nandakumar, M.D., D.G.O., MICOG, Retired Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Senior Consultant Obstetrician, Gynaecologist, & Sonologist, Laparoscopic Surgeon and Specialised in Reproductive Medicine. She has 40 years of experience in obstetrics and gynaecology.

Osteoporosis – it means porous bone. That is bone tissue replacement as age advances. The normal appearance of bone tissue is honeycomb. As age advances larger spaces appear in honeycomb. Read More » “World Osteoporosis Day: Osteoporosis – Diagnosis and Treatment”


Breast Cancer Awareness Month : Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here’s a useful infographic by Dr Rani Nandakumar which explains symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. Breast cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed type of cancer amongst women in India. Read More » “Breast Cancer Awareness Month : Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment”


World Mental Health Day : Emotional Abuse of Women at the Workplace

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Article by Dr B Kalpana, Associate Professor- School of Public Health, SRM University

At work, emotional abuse can be just as obvious or subtle as it is at home. Abuse can occur at the supervisor-subordinate level, or among co-workers. It comes in the forms of acts or verbal comments that create emotional pain or isolation.  If the acts or comments are repetitive, intimidating, and are designed to humiliate or degrade, then it is clearly defined as bullying.
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Morning Sickness in Pregnancy and How to Minimise Discomfort to the Mother

Morning sickness occurs commonly in early pregnancy. Morning sickness can occur any time of the day or all day long. This condition affects a large portion of pregnant women.  Read More » “Morning Sickness in Pregnancy and How to Minimise Discomfort to the Mother”