3 Ways In Which Families Need To Take Care Of Women’s Health

Posted: March 11, 2019

Whether it is taking some time off for themselves, opting for a health insurance plan, or going for that annual check up, women can achieve a #NoCompromiseZindagi – if families rally around to prioritise their health too.

Family’s health versus her own health. Having a career versus having a peaceful life. Making time for self versus taking the kids to additional classes. Choices, choices, choices! Women are faced with a multitude of choices and health becomes something that a woman has to “choose”, as if it can only be chosen if everything else is in place. This is a dangerous state of affairs, reflected in the fact that women’s health is often attended to only when their is a crisis.

A big part of this is of course social conditioning, due to which women are trained to put their own needs last. As part of a special International Women’s Day chat supported by Aditya Birla Health Insurance, we discussed why it’s important to leave this mindset behind, to put our own health first and not treat it as something optional.

Many women shared how they had compromised on health at some point or other.

Yes! We all have been there, done that, at the cost of our own health. Often forgetting that we are human beings too and our physical and mental health needs equal attention…

Having said that, women cannot prioritise their health without the support of their family members. Whether it is going for their annual health check-ups or taking some me-time’, the role of family members becomes paramount.

Here are 4 ways in which families can help women achieve a #NoCompromiseZindagi

Sharing duties and responsibilities

In the Indian context, this cannot be said enough! How can women look after themselves if they are constantly doing household chores?

Stand by them. Stand with them

Many times, it is emotional support that is crucial, not just the practical.

Remember that women often underplay illness

Since women have been conditioned to not “trouble others”, they often downplay their own niggling health issues. It’s important for family members to therefore be observant and ask if they feel something is amiss.

As women, it’s time to start giving ourselves the attention we deserve, and it’s time for everyone in the family to step up too!

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