The Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown enforced to control it provided a lot of room for many people to ponder about several aspects of life ranging from professional to personal level. While both men and women suffered during the lockdown and the current pandemic, it has been harder on housewives. From the additional burden of family to mental stress during the current pandemic, many women are feeling aggravated and stressed.
According to a housewife Swati Sharma, “My husband and I used to live alone but days before the lockdown, my husband’s parents including his sister and two big dogs came to live with us. Now it has been almost four months that I am like a maid working day and night at home. Unlike everyone during the lockdown, I did not have time to indulge in any new activities and still don’t. I see other working ladies who have their whole family helping them around but everyone expect a housewife to do all work on her own. These months have been the most stressed time period of my life.”
Expressing her views over the matter, Dehradun based neuropsychologist Dr Sona Kaushal Gupta said that a housewife is the foundation of a family and the whole family depends on her. She stated that the burden of many housewives has increased in the last few months which is making them annoyed and stressed. Gupta said that women should try to balance their life at home and if they find it hard, seeking professional help is also an option but talking about the issue with family members or any professional is the key.
However, there is also a section of women who have been feeling a void in their life after they realised their whole life revolves around their husband and kids in the current scenario. Homemaker Sudha Dwivedi said that she was a working lady but she left her job after her marriage to her husband who is a government employee. She said that she never had any issues being a homemaker till the pandemic hit the world. “When everyone was at home during the lockdown, half of my work got reduced immediately. My husband and children seemed less dependent on me and I was initially lost about what to do. I realised at that time that my life revolves so much around my family that I have actually no life of my own like I had before my marriage. Honestly, I felt quite bad at that time. Though I still feel like a failure sometimes, I know it is not the time to revive my career goals. Us housewives hardly get the acknowledgement and support to try something new in our life that does not belong to our family. It feels quite depressing at times too but what can we do,” said Dwivedi. Expressing the same concern, many women stated that they might not have realised this issue if their life was going the same as before the Covid-19 pandemic.
Talking about the realisation that some women are having about their purpose in life besides being a homemaker, psychotherapist Aditi Arora said that these women should not let this opportunity slip away and use this consciousness to make the most of their talent. Moreover, many homemakers also said that they want to attempt something new and become financially independent but they are afraid that their family will criticise them if they fail. Considering this issue, Arora suggested that those homemakers who want to be financially independent can begin their work by making a group of women having similar interests where they can work together without any fear of bearing heavy loss alone. Such women will just not be working for themselves but can contribute a lot to the economy of the State, added Arora.
Saturday, 27 June 2020 | Purnima Bisht | Dehradun
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