Where are you ?

I have been waiting for you since so long.

You were to come about 15 days ago and you are still not here.

I am telling you I am tired of waiting for you. Don’t you have any deadlines like me to come and do your work and go.

I know you give me a lot of pain when you come, I am sometimes even forced to take leave from office, stop going to gym, I cannot even go to pooja. But I am ready to give all those sacrifices for you. Please come back.

If you do not come by the end of today..then see what I will do. This is my last warning to you.

This is Neha. She is 25 years old. She is very hardworking. On most days she works for almost 18 hours a day. Ever since she was in college she wanted to be on top for which she worked hard and achieved whatever she wanted. It is not easy for one to be successful, you need to sacrifice a lot of things like something as basic as food and sleep. Neha never had proper time for food or sleep. Her work also required her to travel a lot.

Neha had been to the washroom once again. Still no sign. She was now very anxious , tired of waiting for her best friend. Yes, many a times like Neha we also keep waiting for our best friend who has a date with us every month but sometimes just refuses to show up. We rush to our Gynaecologist or our family docto getting worry that why our monthly periods are delayed. Some doctors may give you some tablets, some will ask you to be patient whilst some amy ask you to loose weight.

We may hate to accept it, but irregular menstruation is one of the new lifestyle diseases. Though it may not be called as a disease in technical terms but yes it is true that most women face it these days so let us analise on some of the reasons why the modern day women face this problem commonly:

  1. Irregular Food and Sleep Cycles
  2. Excessive Stress
  3. Increased intake of Alcohol and Tobacco
  4. Lack of Physical Exercise
  5. Intake of unnecessary medication. (Some girls take medication to shift period dates to accomodate religious functions).
  6. Solution to this problem
  7. workout
  8. Regular meals and sleep cycle
  9. Regular weekend off. Remember weekend is meant for relaxation and not stress;
  10. Spend atleast 10 minutes in a day for yourself. While we discuss our problems related to periods here, there are a few myths and scientific reasons related to them. I have tried to analyse the same with my limited knowledge and research.

Women in periods should not enter the kitchen

Myth: Women on their periods make the kitchen impure. They should not be allowed to mingle around. If they cook, the food will become impure.

Reality: In the good old days, there were no mixers, food processors, dishwashers, washing machines, hotpot or swiggy. They also did not have menstrual cup, tampon or sanitary napkins, which made the process of menstruation very easy. During menstruation, such daily chores were also heavy for women. In order to give rest to women for a few days, women were restrained from entering the kitchen or carrying out such chores.

Women entering temples

Myth: Women on her periods are impure. They pollute the temple environment if they enter during menstruation.

Reality: During olden days a lot of temples were situated on top of ahill or at heights, unlike today where your cars can travel till the doorsteps of the temple. Travelling to temple were also done using Bullock Carts and the entire family travelled together. There were no public washrooms and people did their business in open.

During olden days people performed complete pooja. There were no shortcuts nor AC halls to specially perform pooja. Men and Women sat on the floor to conduct pooja unlike today, where they sit on chairs. In order to make women undergo any uncomfortable situation, they made this rule generally.

Women on her periods should be barred from Social Gathering

Myth: If you come in touch with any women at Social Gathering then she will make you impure. Prescence of woman at social gathering makes the environment unpleasant. You may have to bathe again.

Reality: During the olden days to go for a social gathering one had to travel a lot. Unlike today women in olden days would cook everything on their own and therefore there was a probability that a woman on her periods may not find a room for herself to rest during such functions.

I guess the olden day practices were good in a way because they gave your body proper exercise and also proper rest during the desired time. Therefore, the women in olden days never faced such issues unlike us today.

I am interviewing a few people, to check how much awareness, they have about PCOD.

Through this campaign, I am not asking that women working in corporates need to be sent home early. I am simply saying that men and women, working in Corporates, need to be sent home early without completing their jobs. I am just saying that men and women need to work more effeciently, so that we are able to wind up our day earlier. Technically speaking, it is of no use, women reaching home early and men reaching home late, because the kitchen closes only when the last person has their meal at home.

It may seem a simple but illogical change at present, but together if we can bring this change, which is quiet possible in our society. It will bring a huge change in all of our lives.

If you would like to participate in this campaign, Please do email me or contact me on Facebook.

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