Speaker: Shreya Chopra, Miss India 2017, Brand Ambassador of Bharat Scouts and Guides, Social voice for Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao
Facilitator: Aparna Bhattacharya, Director, Ragaaz Studios
Compiled by: Sudhanshu Shekhar
Date: 2nd May 2020
As the COVID-19 lockdown continues to keep many of us at home, it can be easy to fall into bad habits. The detrimental psychological and physical effects of lockdown are well documented. During these difficult times, your mental and physical health need a bit of support. Talking in the same line of thought, Mrs. Shreya shared her own journey with the people so as to make them realize the importance of the same. She won the pageant for Miss India 2017 and just a week before, she went through a small cut operation on her thumb which was quite challenging for her because doctors also said that she should not walk the ramp and should take some rest. Despite this backfall, she still walked the ramp and also won the crown
She first overcame her own challenges and then came out as a winner and is now helping society. Infact, she is also helping the underprivileged people. Of course while we are doing so many things, physical fitness is the utmost important thing, it is not money or politics, it’s about your own health. In the period of lockdown, people keep saying that I have put on weight or it is very depressive or nothing is happening. Being an expert in this domain, Mrs. Shreya gave certain advice as well as tips on the same.
In the period of lockdown, people are getting more frustrated, angrier, depressed and are also having anxiety along with the feeling that the lockdown is being extended and what do we do? So because of this there is an environment of laziness and we are always looking at our bed. She suggested that one should play a nice song, entertain themselves and if we can’t exercise then dance or maybe do some household work. If you have a bean bag or a bag full of rice then use it as a dumbbell. Due to this, the family atmosphere also gets lovable and your entire anxiety, laziness as well as depression mode gets finished.
Mrs. Shreya being from the beauty industry also threw light on people’s erratic way of losing weight such as crash diets. Everyone wants everything to be really quick in the process of losing weight wherein on the other side our leaders also say that we should follow Ayurveda or do yoga. People who have become victims of these diets and they are just going crazy over it. However, if one is following a tested diet plan then one should keep on going ahead with the process and should also not skip workouts, yoga or dance sessions during the process. This will help in maintaining a time plan, sleeping schedule and protect us from under eye problems as well as skin problems. Furthermore, one should also drink a lot of water and eat fruits during this process to keep the body healthy and active.
Talking about inner beauty, Mrs. Shreya said that the brighter side of lockdown is that we are actually at home and we are clearing out our own personality and in this process also helping our nature to restore. However, we can’t deny the fact that everyone has become victims of beauty products. Different kinds of trends are being followed but natural beauty is really important which is at times being overlooked. It is time for everyone to realise the inner beauty that they have. This is the time we have got to spend maximum hours with ourselves. We have never spent so much time with ourselves in the past. It has been a rat race we are running in and continuously working and doing something but it’s for the first time in life for many to realise the inner beauty. If you are happy from inside then your inner beauty automatically comes.
Throwing light on our ancient traditions, the speaker talked about yoga. She said that yoga comes from ancient times of India, however if something that is vested in the west and then comes from there we do not appreciate the importance of but I think it’s time for all Indian societies to accept and make yoga as a daily routine. She then went on elaborating about the process. Don’t take it hard on yourself. Start with the very basics such as breathing asanas. If you start with half an hour morning and evening every day and then start with one hour morning and evening, then automatically you will see change in your own self. You will start sleeping at the correct time, get up on the correct time and also eat at the appropriate time. You will start seeing the changes in yourself. Start with the breathing asanas, then stretching. It is very good for people who are suffering from spine as well as cervical cancer. Secondly, if the sun shines brightly then go and take a sunbath. However, take care of your hygiene while working out and do wear socks while working out and as much as you are sweating it is good for you. For all of this one has to make a routine in their own mind because it is all in the mind that is going on, be it positive or negative.
Being a part of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao andolan, Mrs. Shreya threw some light on the same. In India, the health of women or females is the most ignored part of the society. Even in individual families you will see that male child is taken better care than a female child. This case may not be there in terms of some elite families but India is made up of 70% villages and all villages have these cases. The cause for this is none other than their own family members as well as the near ones. When we go to rural areas we find that women are not able to come outside and they are not even able to talk to their parents or in-laws. They are not able to share anything about the problems they are facing. When we say beti bachao it basically means that women are facing problems and that’s why we need to save them. We, ourselves have seen cases in which the female child is drowned in a big bowl of water. She will automatically go and lose her precious death. The people who do this are their own family members such as dad and the saddest part is that the mother is kept away from all of this.
In conclusion, a woman should be given preference in rural areas. All over the world if we see that women are the ones who are growing and are competing with the boys. All a woman in a rural area wants is to know their rights so that they can save their kids or their daughters. It is really necessary to bring them out of their homes and give them opportunities.
Key Highlights of the Conversation:
- It is important to maintain both physical and mental health during the time of crisis.
- One can exercise, dance, do household chores, practice yoga and also do some laughing sessions to stay fit. The idea overall is to keep the body as well as the mind engrossed.
- Be creative during this time. Create your own workout equipment during the time of crisis.
- Enhance the inner beauty, give time and introspect and regulate your emotions.
- Maintain a balanced diet and once you start exercising or dieting, follow it religiously.
- Overall stay strong and stay positive. Spend time with yourself and your family members.