Tasneem Bhatia, MD, is a physician, certified nutritionist, acupuncturist, yoga instructor, traditional Chinese medicine practitioner, and integrative and holistic physician. Not only has she overcame her own health problems, but through her medical practice, she has helped more than 12,000 women to date. You can buy her book Super Woman Rx on amazon.co.uk
Modern woman means keeping multiple role demands: businesswoman, mother, wife, daughter, sister, housewife, breadwinner, caretaker, chore and homework supervisor, family taxi driver, meal planner, or a mix of these and more. And whatever roles we perform, we are supposed to perform them looking eternally young, serene and happy. We expect to be great women, and we do it, but it comes at a cost. Women today are experiencing increased rates of anxiety, depression, chronic stress and fatigue, migraines, heart disease, stroke and infertility. Consider these results:
- Women experience twice the rate of depression as men, regardless of race or ethnicity. From adolescence until the age of 50, women are twice as likely to suffer from anxiety as men, according to the American Association of Women. anxiety and depression
- Women are more likely to experience difficulty falling asleep (63% vs. 54% of men), feel pain at night (58% vs. 48%), and feel tired during the day, according to a survey by the National Sleep Foundation.
- According to the Migraine Research Foundation, women make up 28 million of the more than 38 million people reported having suffered from this serious disease. Women's migraines also occur more often, last longer and are more severe than men.
Juggling between these different roles lends itself to a unique range of health problems that we have not had before in our history of women. Rethink what you know about your own family history. My grandmother did not work outside the house and did not have much education, my mother-in-law gave up her doctor career in India to raise her family, and my mother – the first super woman I knew – was determined to finish her education despite the fact that she was married at 19 years old. She worked 18 hours a day, 7 days a week, to see her three daughters turn into their own versions of super women. (Here are 26 things that women need to stop feeling so guilty.)
In summary, women have many more choices and options today, but we must also respond to multiple demands and assume more responsibilities. We are ALL great women, and as incredible as our opportunities are, we often forget a very important variable: our health!
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Can I do this?
You will not find a single plan, which is why I've created a complete book, called Super Woman Rx designed to help you manage your stress and really thrive. This is the definitive guide to women's health and well being, especially because it's a lifestyle design that is personalized and tailored to your type of power (more on that later). Here are the first steps to take to restore balance in your life and free your superpowers: