Meera’s Ad­vice For Main­tain­ing A Healthy Work-life Bal­ance

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BE KIND TO YOUR­SELF:

Don’t try and be the per­fect mother, per­fect wife and per­fect em­ployee. At one point in my life I came to the con­clu­sion that I would be a very av­er­age wife, av­er­age mom and av­er­age at my job but I was happy. I was work­ing be­cause I wanted to, I was mar­ried be­cause I wanted to be with my hus­band and raise a fam­ily. Re­mem­ber it’s okay to be av­er­age. Women tend to beat them­selves up be­cause they want ev­ery­thing to be per­fect. But that’s an unattain­able ideal.

LEARN TO COM­PART­MEN­TALISE:

Don’t bring work home and don’t bring your per­sonal life to the of­fice. When I’m at work I fin­ish my job, no mat­ter how long it takes and when I’m at home or on hol­i­days I am sim­ply not ac­ces­si­ble to any­one in my of­fice. I’m not al­ways tin­ker­ing away on my phone.

FAM­ILY SUP­PORT IS KEY:

We tend to un­der­es­ti­mate the im­por­tance of fam­ily sup­port. We are very lucky to live in In­dia and have ac­cess to house­hold help. I al­ways ad­vise young mar­ried women with chil­dren to live with or close by to fam­ily. The joint fam­ily sys­tem is of­ten trashed and I think th­ese saas-bahu se­ri­als have re­ally done a dis­ser­vice to our na­tion. Liv­ing with your par­ents or in-laws is good for ev­ery­one es­pe­cially the chil­dren and grand­par­ents. In the long run it makes sense to ac­cept ev­ery­thing your el­ders say, be­cause the ben­e­fits of liv­ing with them is so great. If you are for­tu­nate to have parental sup­port, learn to take ad­van­tage of it. With­out the sup­port of my mother and mother-in-law there’s is no way I would have been able to jug­gle a ca­reer along with moth­er­hood.

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