“The W Life” Work & Workplace Stress in Women: A Neglected Aspect of Mental Health Well-being

Urmi Chakravorty

Women have super powers they say, but at times super powers fade out too. Like each activity or inactivity, they too have their adrenaline rush and down days. Be it leaving the children home or unfinished work at workplace which needs to be completed timely. While some workplace stress is normal, excessive stress can interfere with your productivity and performance, impact your physical and emotional health, and affect your relationships and home life. You can’t control everything in your work environment, but that doesn’t mean you’re powerless, even when you’re stuck in a difficult situation. Whatever your ambitions or work demands, there are steps you can take to protect yourself from the damaging effects of stress, improve your job satisfaction, and bolster your well-being in and out of the workplace. Workplace stress remains an often-neglected aspect across different industries and countries. Some key factors that cause increased stress at workplace are workload (both excessive and insufficient work), lack of participation and control in the workplace, monotonous or unpleasant tasks, different role ambiguity, family pressure or conflict, lack of recognition at work, inequity, poor interpersonal relationships, poor working conditions, poor leadership and communication and conflicting home and work demands. There are various policies and therapies which can help women share, learn and overcome the stress, and keep the spirit of self-care and well-being alive. Many sectors in India and across the globe are working to tackle the increasing burden of work related stress amongst almost every gender which is leading to chronic diseases. The magnitude, suffering, and burden of mental illness in terms of disability and costs for individuals, families, and societies are staggering on a very large scale. We need to ACT now. Various techniques of learning mindfulness therapies can be useful; Women can use them at work or home if they want. Anecdotally During a research on the same, lot of examples came up which included ,women struggling to balance their work and life, who could make their life a little more sorted and stress free using these mindfulness techniques pertaining to mental health.

Volume 11 | 11-Special Issue

Pages: 688-693

DOI: 10.5373/JARDCS/V11SP11/20193085