Impact of COVID 19 on women’s mental health

Tiffany Brar
Posted August 11, 2020 from India

The past six to seven months have been more confused, unsure, and worrying for everyone globally due to the pandemic.  Compared to men, the stress level and depression faced by girls and women are too high. There may be variety of reasons.  Most of my friends in my very own city who are working in different companies shared their experience with me which made me to write this post.

Managing the domestic works, doing office work through online, taking care of the kids and monitoring the online school work of their children have changed their life style completely than before. I feel imbalance in just anyone of the challenges is pretty much enough to cause stress for them. They all play the role of a mom, daughter in law, sister in law, a teacher for their children, a cook, etc. But the situation is not as before. It is completely a different era now.

Each of my friends expressed different stress levels. One of my friend expressed that she got loss of concentration and sleep problems due to office work load and managing children and home at the same time, whereas before the pandemic she is used to be highly motivating and joyful in managing her family and office works.

Another friend with two kids shared this  challenging situation   and work demands place their occupation at additional threats with cut in the salary too, at times. In the case of female-headed families definitely the situation would be too worse in taking care of  themselves, office work and their family member needs.

This gave a warning awareness for me about women’s health during this pandemic.

The solution can be like “each families and the entire society should be sensitized about effect of Covid-19’s on women those who are working in the direction of addressing inequalities.

A big salute to the BRAVERY and MANAGING SKILLS of all the women those who are taking care of their family and office works  during this pandemic.

 

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Nini Mappo
Aug 11
Aug 11

Hi Tiffany,
It is good to hear that you are listening to and supporting mothers who are struggling with the increased stress and anxiety caused by increased responsibilities and loss of formal work space.

It is indeed very challenging, and even worse so because extended family members cannot help with tasks because of social restrictions.

Thank you being aware, and for caring. It maybe the most important thing we do for now.

Good on you for sharing and creating this awareness.

In sisterhood,
Nini

Tiffany Brar
Sep 23
Sep 23

Hey nini
Thanks so much for your words.

Hello, Tiffany,

How are you doing, love? I'm so touched by your post because I am among the women you describe here. It's tough, really.

I'm glad my husband is helping me with the housework now.

Like Nini said, thanks for listening to these women. I hope spouses can learn to work as a team. It could be overwhelming if the load will all be placed on women. That is not fair.

I hope you are doing well and are safe.

Tiffany Brar
Sep 23
Sep 23

Karen,
I am doing good and hope you too.
Both husband and wife should work as a team and support each other and yes, you are right.
Take care

Chi8629
Aug 11
Aug 11

Thank you for sharing.

Tiffany Brar
Sep 23
Sep 23

Thanks

Busayo Obisakin
Aug 12
Aug 12

Thank you for the great work you are doing by supporting mothers. This pandemic has increased the workloads of women greatly and can be so challenging. Appreciate you for being there for them.
Love
Busayo

Tiffany Brar
Sep 23
Sep 23

Thanks Busayo for your words

Vanora.Lee
Aug 14
Aug 14

Well said, all ladies at different ages of multi-disciplined roles are being impacted in various ways. We are entering and more importantly adapting the new "norm", with all our determinations, strengthens and courages. Along the journey, WP brings us a lot of chance to share, to vent, to learn and to encourage and many more .... . Thank you dear and thank you to WP!

Tiffany Brar
Sep 23
Sep 23

Dear Vanora,
Ya, we are doing multiple roles through which we support our family and the whole world.
Thanks Vanora.

Julie Desai
Sep 04
Sep 04

I think this has been a major issue for women in India and also many traditional countries around the world. Lead the way, your small gesture will go a long way.

Tiffany Brar
Sep 23
Sep 23

Hey Julie,
Yes, a small change can do a lot of changes through which empowerment of women is highly possible.
Thanks for your words