COVID-19 Pandemic affects working women’s mental health

This pandemic has not just effected physical health but has also effected mental health too.
People are locked in their houses since past six months and this is first time ever that people have no option rather than staying at home.

They are not just staying ideal at home but they have started working from home. Sitting in front of laptop and working for more than 6-7 hours and managing house has been stressful for people.

Talking about mental health which includes anxiety, stress, depression and many more. In India, during this time of pandemic mental health have taken heavy toll on 47 percent  working women, they are experiencing more stress and anxiety according to the new survey on Thursday.

As we know working women always more than their business hours taking care of the family. According to survey it is found that two in five working women work more than business hours taking care of their children and family nearly twice as many men says ‘Workforce Confidence Index’ survey by Microsoft-owned LinkedIn that was based on the responses of 2,254 professionals in the country.

Neha Bagaria, CEO, JobsForHer said “One factor is balancing office and domestic work – the bulk of the latter being shouldered by women. Studies reveal increased participation of men during the pandemic, but women still spend most time caring for children.”

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According to data, working mothers bear the brunt of distractions while men seek support from both family and friends. The survey shows that 20 percent working mothers rely on a family member or friend to take care of their children, when compared to 32 percent men. The survey also shows that  46 percent working mothers work till late while 42 percent are unable to focus on work with their children at home.

Freelancers in India report shows that about 1 in 4 freelancers anticipate an increase in their earned income by 25 percent and personal savings 27 percent, while close to 1 in 3 i.e 37 percent expect their number of investments to increase in the next 6 months.