Sep 12 / Rittu Pande Sinha

Are You Health Aware?

Like everything else in life, such as our career and family, and relationships - our health requires a vision with goals and actions. I usually say our health is simply complicated - so simple that we complicate it.  

When I understood that my health is the foundation on which my dreams are built, and my life is lived, that’s when I started owning my health. This led me to do two equally important things;
1) analyse my everyday actions and change/tweak them to make them healthy positive acts and
2) look at the big picture of my health and not obsess over the little stuff.

From this, my tagline was born - ‘Magnify your Health’.  

Did you know, of all the people suffering from autoimmune conditions, 78% are women? As women, our bodies go through more physiological/hormonal changes than men do. On average, women go through puberty, two childbirths, and menopause. If we add to this mix of external stressors like gender inequality, the fight for equal opportunity, or discrimination, the statistics are not surprising.   


For me personally, the six significant experiences that have shaped my journey and mentality as a health coach are also the most painful - 1) sexual abuse as a child, 2) depression and weight gain as a teenager, 3) a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia in my 30’s, 4) postnatal depression after my second child, 5) spinal surgery in my mid 40’s and 6) menopause in my late 40’s.

Health is not a physical accomplishment, but the manifestation of our awareness of who we are and integrity of living out of that knowledge. 
- Rand Olson

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Today I am health aware!  

Here is what I know for sure:

1. Health is an individual pursuit

Our health needs focus and prioritization the same (if not more) as our career and family.

In my case, except for the spinal injury, I waddled through all other challenges. Only when I began to own my health and have a vision for my health, did I manage it. I proactively made time for it and learned to cope better with it. For example, my vision at a macro level entails being happy. At a micro level, it means wearing particular outfits, eating food I like, engaging fully in physical endeavors of interest, etc.

2. Having a growth mindset that powers health

I also realized that my health was dynamic and multidimensional. Inculcating a growth mindset helped break the cycle of negative thoughts such as; ‘I cannot do it’ or ‘I am not good enough’. It made it ok for me to not chase perfection but gradually become better at managing my health. It allowed for curiosity and experimentation and made this journey more enjoyable.

Knowing that each of our bodies is unique and responds differently to different scenarios made me open to trying new things and figure out what eventually worked for me. I know I might never be the healthiest, but I am healthier today than I was yesterday!

3. Health is holistic, and all aspects of health need to be in sync 

Health is not just food and exercise - it's nourishment, movement, mindfulness, and relaxation, all of which need to be in sync for us to optimize our health (that’s what I call The Balanced Bandwagon!).

While we all have a genetic predisposition, environmental factors play off our genomes about health. Life factors, such as; stress, long working hours, binge-watching tv shows, less sleep, too much activity, etc., cause continual misalignment, and the way to bring back alignment is through mindfulness and self-management. 

4. Mental health is an intrinsic part of my overall health

How I feel about myself matters. It dictates what I do, how I interact with myself and with people around me. I always tell my clients that if you feel good where you are, keep at it and maintain it! Of course, there are deviations in this journey - it’s definitely not linear, and coping with those deviations requires personalized coping strategies, such as journaling, meditation, grounding techniques, vision boards, etc., to get through the downtimes.

5. Keeping it simple is complicated enough for me

Simple routines are important; they get stuff done - CONSISTENTLY AND SUSTAINABLY.


  • Nourishment - Meal prepping and meal planning are important. Use simple cooking procedures and stay away from overcomplicated recipes. Cook and eat the same wholesome, unprocessed things each week with minimal seasonal variation. You don't have to be a goddess in the kitchen. On the days you want variation, you can always order in. Be clear about what is food/snack/treat and stock your pantry accordingly. It’s ok to keep the treats away if you are a person who overindulges or has a portion control issue with specific treats (for me, it’s ginger nut biscuits!)


  • Movement - If you are working from home, wear clothes to stretch or exercise in. This doesn’t just involve “exercise” but also how much you move throughout the day. Change daily routines to fit in activities that make you move.


  • Relaxation - Think about the tasks in your daily life that you outsource. Some of them may actually be therapeutic and relaxing. You can try setting a conscious pace with a lot of them and change your mindset to view them not as chores but as calming & relaxing things to do. For me, gardening, cooking, organizing are just that. I do draw the line when it comes to dusting, ironing, and cleaning :) .


  • Mindfulness - Incorporate a small practice into your day, such as; journaling, meditation, breathing techniques, sitting in silence, etc. I began these as separate micro-practices; until they became a habit, and I began enjoying them.


A good way to begin is to calendar it all in. This creates space and brings continued attention and focus to all that needs to be done. Personally, I have chosen not to separate my work, health, and family activities. Knowing there is only one of me, I intentionally incorporate it all into my days.

The need, as always, is to strive for a dynamic balance, whether it be in work-life or aligning the Four Wheels of the BB Program - Nourishment, Movement, Relaxation, and Mindfulness towards Holistic Health. 


So, what one action will you take towards being health aware?

If you have a personal story and lessons learned to share about how you’re owning your career, write to us at richa@pinkcareers.com.

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Rittu is a certified Health Coach and a Behavior Change Specialist; she founded The Balanced Bandwagon and coaches clients on holistic health and lifestyle to enable them to magnify their health!

She is a health enthusiast, and all her insights and perspective have been gained through her personal journey, corporate experience, and coaching assignments. The BB Program advocates the concept of striving for a dynamic balance on the four wheels of the bandwagon - nourishment, movement, mindfulness, and relaxation.  

Rittu has an MBA, and prior to becoming a health coach, she has 15+ years of experience as an industry HR practitioner and HR consultant with companies like Aon Hewitt, Hewlett-Packard.  

Rittu has lived and worked in multiple countries like India, Australia, Singapore, and the United States. This gives her a diverse cultural background that she leverages in her work with clients across multiple geographies.

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