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Dr. Namrata Sinai Volvotkar.

Hi, I’m Dr Namrata Sinai Volvotkar Graduated from Goa medical College, Goa,India .I love medicine it is a profession in which people continue to learn and grow ,it’s an honor to be trusted with another humans wellbeing.I am fond of art, music and absolutely love to travel.

What are the most beautiful things in life to you? How have they impacted you for the better?

The most beautiful things in life are not things, they are people and memories, they are feelings and smiles..

Lord Krishna in Bhagwad Gita said ‘do your work but not with angry ,not with ego, not with lust ,not with envy but with love, compassion and humility’

The different life experiences have made me the person I am today. I’m humbled that my parents have given me virtues and values that have helped me through out my life  and will continue to in the future.

How has the pandemic affected you mentally? What things did you learn about yourself during the course of this pandemic that you didn’t know before?

Facing an infectious disease covid 19, the stress and the uncertainty related to it.. at first just like every one else I was also anxious and stressed. But knowing that I wasn’t alone , that along with me there were my colleagues, friends and college juniors and seniors who would be in a similar situations I didn’t give up.We had to work as a team and support each other.

What I learned about myself was that I am able to work under certain level of stress efficiently and that I wasn’t able to give my best under pressure or bullying and negative comments by seniors or by patients. The positive aspects that I learned about myself was that I can be more compassionate and empathetic towards patients and counsel them till they feel a sense of security and satisfaction by listening to my words.

What self-care practices do you recommend? Furthermore, why is it important to scope out time for yourself each day?

My self care practices include:

Get enough rest.

Drink lots of fluids. Eating healthy

Keep warm.

Listening to music while driving

Japa/chanting holy names of lord krishna

Talking to family and bestfriends 

We need to scope up time for ourselves because most of the issues occur at our work place, we carry the baggage of  negative thoughts with us back home and therefore the rest of the day is spent unhappily.  we have to cut this flow of negative emotions as it only leads to suffering and more suffering.. unless we take time for ourself , be forgiving towards ourself and others we will continue to be in this cycle of unhappiness.

Are there any specific psychological conditions/disorders that mean a lot to you? Why do they hold importance and how can we, as a community, help and provide support to people who go through them?

Depression and anxiety are the two psychological conditions that mean a lot to me. 30% of Indian doctors suffer from depression , I have heard about a few doctors life stories who were under therapy and treatment for anxiety and depression. Therefore we must understand that no one can be immune to mental illness.

 The better we understand what causes depression, how it affects people and how it can be treated, the better we will be able to talk to and help the person we care about.If you’re suffering from this disease You can’t just tell yourself to “snap out of it,” but you do have some control—even if your depression is severe. The key is to start small and build from there. Feeling better takes time, but you can get there if you make positive choices for yourself each day.I believe that faith is an important element in recovery from depression,that includes personal spiritual beliefs and practices.

Why do you think prioritizing mental health is so important, especially for youth?

As youth, We put so much importance on excellent physical health, so why do we not do the same when it comes to mental health.Giving importance to Mental health is crucial as affects our overall mood, thought, behaviour and physical well-being.To be the best version of ourselves or to do our everyday activities we require to be mentally healthy and content from within.

I read that finding inner happiness is to have no expectations at all. But being desireless is almost impossible,as long as we are in this material world we keep getting pulled towards gratification of our senses and if we don’t gain it we become victims of unhappiness.

Who have been your biggest role-models or resources in times of unsureness, grief, and healing? 

My mother, my sister and most of the women in my family who have constantly shown their support to me and encouraged me. In india women are apparently the ‘supressed group’ And have a terrible problem of saying ‘i can’t’ assuming that they cannot. But in reality they are much more capable of doing everything. 

What does mental health mean to YOU?

It means taking care of myself so that I can take care of my loved ones. 

I have seen a few people in my life who have worked their hardest by leaving behind a healthy lifestyle to get something that they don’t require to impress the people whom they don’t like.

If everyone in their little ways start being humble, compassionate and forgiving towards others the world would certainly be a better place to live in.

Is there anything else you would like Revive’s audience to know about you? 

The meaning of my name ‘Namrata’ in sanskrit means humility, polite and modesty. 

Thank you so much for taking out the time to read my interview.

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