World Health Day: Break Free From the Hustle Culture- Why and How?

You're crushing deadlines at work, prepping for a family function, but where's the time for that long-promised yoga class? This World Health Day, let's redefine success and reclaim our well-being. Let's break free from the hustle culture! Read How..

Johanitha Moraes
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You're crushing deadlines at work, prepping for a family function, and scrolling through a perfectly curated social feed- all before noon. But a familiar pang of guilt tugs at you. Where's the time for that long-promised yoga class? This World Health Day, let's address the elephant in the room that so many Indian women often conveniently ignore. It's time to redefine success and reclaim our well-being.

In this article, we'll explore the impact of hustle culture on the health of Indian women, talk about the practical tools to break free, and dish out self-care tips that go beyond bubble baths (because let's be honest, who has time for those?).

Can you have it all?

Indian women are revered for their strength and resilience. But the glorification of the "hustle" can turn this strength into a burden. Working long hours, neglecting sleep, and prioritizing work over well-being can have a significant impact on both physical and mental health.

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The Body Under Siege:

Chronic stress, a hallmark of hustle culture, can wreak havoc on your body. Increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, weakened immunity, and even digestive issues are just some potential consequences. Sleep deprivation, another by-product of the hustle, can lead to fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and hormonal imbalances. 

This can manifest as irregular periods, worsened PMS symptoms, and even fertility issues. Immunity takes a hit too, making you more susceptible to infections and illnesses. Essentially, the body starts to operate in a constant state of fight-or-flight, eventually leading to burnout and a decline in overall health.

How to Break Free from this “Hustle Culture”?

1. Redefine Success: Success isn't just about climbing the corporate ladder or having a perfectly curated social media life. Define success on your terms, prioritizing aspects like personal well-being, fulfilling relationships, and pursuing passions.


2. Set Boundaries: Learn to say "no" to additional workload and social commitments that drain your energy. Prioritize your time and delegate tasks when possible. Know where to stop! 

3. Embrace Self-Care: It's not selfish, it's essential! Schedule time for activities you enjoy, whether it's reading a book, practising yoga, or spending time in nature. Prioritize sleep- aim for 7-8 hours of quality rest each night.

4. Connect and Support: Build a strong support network of friends and family who understand the importance of self-care. Share your struggles and celebrate each other's successes.

5. Seek Help: Don't be afraid to seek professional help if stress feels overwhelming. Therapists can equip you with tools to manage stress and prioritize your well-being. Consult our Gytree Experts if you seem to be experiencing symptoms of this toxic hustle culture or for any queries.

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Self-Care Tips Just For YOU!


World Health Day is a reminder that true well-being is the foundation for a fulfilling life. Here are some self-care tips to incorporate:

  • Start Your Day Right: Wake up early enough to enjoy a healthy breakfast and a few quiet moments for meditation or journaling. Don't directly jump out of bed and race for the door to reach your workplace.
  • Move Your Body: Find physical activity you enjoy, whether it's dancing, swimming, or a brisk walk. Take out time for activities that your body will thank you later for. 
  • Disconnect to Reconnect: Schedule digital detox breaks throughout the day to reduce stress and improve focus.
  • Nourish Your Body: Focus on a balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  • Embrace Mindfulness: Practice mindfulness exercises like deep breathing or meditation to manage stress and anxiety.

Remember, Indian women are strong, stronger than they think, but true strength lies in prioritizing your health and well-being. Let's rewrite the narrative, embrace a holistic approach to success, and celebrate a life filled with vibrant health, on World Health Day and beyond!

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