Article by Dr. Divya Kumar, Principal Consultant – Research & Analytics, Avtar Group
After a long weekend, completely rejuvenated I started work at my office desk. I came across an interesting study which divulged that “girls commence to view themselves as less inherently talented than boys as early as six years old”. It was a surprising piece of information for me to understand that in our society, internalizing stereotypes begins at a very early age! This ratified my thinking and wished to introspect the domino effect of women at the workplace. It’s true that these attitudes often rob women from choosing the chance of taking on any challenges or even applying for a job they would be perfect for or which they had always dreamt of. This calls for an immediate infusion of change in the minds of women combat their minds to motivate and build confidence as a woman is unstoppable after she realizes she deserves better.
Remembered Nita my college mate, a successful marketing personnel, faced such a situation. So when she started thinking about coming back to work and started talking to people about jobs, she was apprehensive and spectacle “will I still good at my job, can I still do this?” The issues Nita faced can be not ignored. Women have to deal not only with our own emotions but those of others practical difficulties too. So, it’s the confidence, that every woman fails to spot out.
Women re-enter workplaces after a break – childbirth, elder care, redundancy or end of the contract, relocation of partner is filled with apathy and pessimism. She battles every attempt to establish her independence. Especially women returning to work after maternity break is emotionally taxed. She is towed from separation anxiety to working mom’s guilt. Lack of sleep, stress and exhaustion will make her feel foggy and eventually in mid-30’s they are hormonally plagued – feeling bloated, looking pale, sad hair and swollen. Usually, those are the days’ women fondle that the world is against her and lack confidence. This is because she fails to scrutinize herself in the mirror every morning, blindfolded and convinced by the fact – I am not a celebrity. As they age increases, their levels of dissatisfaction as well soar.
The minute a woman decides to return to work she has to aid some practical tools to support physically, emotionally and career development. Foremost, override all your physical issues first. As our feelings are the product of our perception. If you feel you are too aggressive, try using up your aggression by joining a yoga, gym, aerobics, zumba or even a good walk will be working out. A solid one-hour workout sets the stage for the day. Through this, you become physically fit and also learn how to calm down when you feel about of anger coming on, mindlessly your emotionally resilient. On focusing on career development, she should be passionate about what she does, prepared to work hard, acquire skills and keep updating ones’ knowledge. It is evident nothing will craft you more positive about yourself than educating and acquiring something new-fangled. The rush of this energy will make you feel energized and stronger. There are dozens of free highly accredited classes online you could take on to learn your new skills. Also look into the areas in which coaches could help you to progress. It can be done through providing sounding ideas, networking, and focusing on what is important.
No one can motivate you until you motivate yourself. Build your confidence as at it is essential for a better life – age is not an affair. The happiest people do not have the best of everything rather they make the best of everything. So, your new mantra will be “I’m feeling great, rested and ready”.