#RedefineNormalToday – Always A Woman

Listen up, society: I look and feel like a woman even when my lips aren’t curved into a smile.

Recommended Reading:

The Sexism of Telling Women to Smile: Your Stories

Why you shouldn’t tell a woman to smile

Seriously, Why Are Women Expected to Smile All the Time?

It’s Important For Men to Understand That They Need To Stop Telling Women to Smile

This blog post is a part of The Normal Project.

World Mental Health Day: Taking Care Of Mental Health At Work

Mental Health Quote

According to research, one-third aka 30% of our lives are spent at work. That’s a big number, which is why savvy employers invest in occupational health.  Now although occupational health involves maintaining physical, mental and social well-being of employees, mental health is still largely ignored. Worse, this phenomenon is global, with the degree of ignorance varying as per culture and (lack of) awareness. With 1 in 5 people experiencing a mental health condition at work, this is a disturbing state of affairs.

Personally, I feel India is one of the countries where mental health is most severely disregarded. And this needs to be remedied immediately. On World Mental Health Day today, I wrote a piece for Indibeat on how Indian companies don’t take mental health seriously. I conclude with what they can do to enable good mental health. Do take a read to know what it’s like to work at a typical company in India.

Does your company help take care of your mental health? What does a mentally healthy workplace look like to you? Let me know  your experiences and opinions in the comments below.