It’s coming around to the 8th of March again. That time of the year when the air around is just filled with platitudes. Platitudes that talk of the dignity, strength, power and beauty of Indian womanhood. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what they are, platitudes. As a matter of fact, India has been labelled as the worst place to be a woman.
The law does not offer much recourse, because after having been subjected to the trauma of physical, verbal and emotional abuse, a woman has to prove that she was a victim, adding unspeakable mental agony to her already damaged psyche. As a result of this, most women prefer not to report crimes against them, leading to less than 20 percent of the country’s rape cases leading to a conviction.
Worst of all in recent times, we have somehow come away from our history. A history, that featured strong, brave women like Sita, Draupadi and the Rani of Jhansi. We have forgotten that being strong and powerful is the greatest privilege of womanhood. We have mistakenly come to believe that strength robs us of our feminity.
As a result of this, Indian women have all too often begun believing that they are victims. The point in fact is that you can only be a victim if you let yourself be one. Therefore the time is now ripe to break out of these stereotypes, and work on being a strong woman, who no one can mess with. For this change, mental and physical preparedness go hand in hand. You can build a strong mind on the foundation of a strong body and here’s what it takes:
- Make time for at least, half an hour of brisk aerobic activity every single day. It could be walking, running, dancing, whatever you prefer as long as it gets your heart rate up. This will keep your heart and lungs healthy, enhance your mental alertness and stamina, and keep your heart ready to face any stress that comes your way.
- Figure strength training into your schedule, at least twice a week, to develop your power.
- Add flexibility training into the mix to give you the necessary reach.
- Finish off with a healthy balanced diet to keep your weight in check and ensure that you stay healthy.
So women go forth, and celebrate your strength, your feminity, your power.
Don’t forget to teach your daughters to do the same.
Happy Women’s Day.
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