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Authentic and awe-inspiring stories covering the spectrum of mental illness to mental wellbeing and human flourishing. Using my knowledge and experience of being a Psychiatric doctor, I want to explore the extraordinary lives we live, through the lens of mental illness and wellbeing. Join me as I talk to guests about their life stories, how they have overcome difficulties and are on a journey to be the best versions of themselves. Be a fly on the wall as we go deeper on those everyday topics. They'll all touch on mental wellbeing, because, as you'll soon come to realise, everything ultimately impacts my mind, your mind and our collective wellbeing.Let's celebrate our Extraordinary stories, and learn from each other. Follow me on Instagram @drdevikapatel for more updates on mental illness and wellbeing.

Our Extraordinary Stories with Dr Devika Patel Devika Patel

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Authentic and awe-inspiring stories covering the spectrum of mental illness to mental wellbeing and human flourishing. Using my knowledge and experience of being a Psychiatric doctor, I want to explore the extraordinary lives we live, through the lens of mental illness and wellbeing. Join me as I talk to guests about their life stories, how they have overcome difficulties and are on a journey to be the best versions of themselves. Be a fly on the wall as we go deeper on those everyday topics. They'll all touch on mental wellbeing, because, as you'll soon come to realise, everything ultimately impacts my mind, your mind and our collective wellbeing.Let's celebrate our Extraordinary stories, and learn from each other. Follow me on Instagram @drdevikapatel for more updates on mental illness and wellbeing.

    Episode 8: A doctors journey from depression to recovery with Dr Philip McGweon

    Episode 8: A doctors journey from depression to recovery with Dr Philip McGweon

    Philip McGweon is a 47-year-old Paediatric doctor (Children’s doctor) and spoke to me about his journey from having depression, through to recovery. These are exactly the conversations I want to put out there, to remind everyone, that you are not alone, there is a name for what you are feeling, and recovery is possible. These are some of the topics we covered:
    Mental health and wellbeing in the NHS 20 years ago. The landscape of junior doctor training in the 2000’sThe insidious nature of depressionTaking anti-depressants and seeing a psychiatrist. Medication stigma amongst doctors.Engaging with CBT.How Philip tried to manage by “pushing through” but this led to further deterioration. Problem with presenteeism.Journey of recovery through CBTImportance of sleep for recovery.Lifestyle measures- nutrition, nature, connection, and movement as part of a holistic recoveryCold water swimming for recoveryPost-traumatic growth state.The beautiful relationship and understanding he has with his daughter.The power of peer support groups and his experience with them.Stigma-sharing is the way to stop it. His plans for the future- getting back into work, staying well, and making sure others get the help. If you need support please check out these groups below which are for doctors and nurses. Book an appointment with your GP to explore talking therapies, antidepressants or an onward referral to a Psychiatrist. 
    Men's peer support group:
    Humen Monday 6:30pm https://www.wearehumen.org
    Support for Health professionals:
    YouOkayDoc Huddle every Wednesday 7pm: https://youokaydoc.org.uk/huddle/ 
    YouOkayNurse https://youokaynurse.org.uk
    Doctors in Distresshttps://doctors-in-distress.org.uk
    Royal Medical  Benevolent Fund https://rmbf.org

    To connect with Philip:
    https://linktr.ee/Dr.mental.wealth
    Instagram  @dr.mental.wealth
    Twitter @DMentalWealth
    E-mail:  atom95149@gmail.com
    Donate for his next Sea Swim 5K in July for Great Ormond Street
    https://www.facebook.com/donate/1027984667824773/?fundraiser_source=external_url
    Disclaimer: This podcast is not intended to substitute or serve as medical advice. These are my own opinions and experiences of my guests. Please see your own medical practitioner for support. 

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Episode 7: Mental Health and Ayurveda with Rachel Ralliaram

    Episode 7: Mental Health and Ayurveda with Rachel Ralliaram

    Rachel is an Ayurvedic health coach and founder of Ramaveda, a UK based Ayurvedic natural preventative health company. Ramaveda's vision is to create a world where people are more connected to their bodies and emotions and feel empowered in their health. We believe that through Ayurvedic medicine we can all get well, and stay well, as we get older.
    This was an educational episode for me. I am taught one way of looking at mental illness and disease, through the l Western Medicine. I think episode my mind was opened to the idea of Ayurveda, which was an almost alien idea for me. I urge you to listen with curiosity, there’s nothing to lose and so much to learn. 
    You will find so much of today's lifestyle medicine (diet, exercise, mindfulness, mindset) is based on core principles of Ayurveda. 
    Rachel is taking on new clients and before releasing this episode I booked onto her programme. I hope to have her back so we can reflect on my experience and we can cover even more topics. 
    These are some of the topics we covered in this episode:
    An introduction to Ayurveda as preventative medicine.3 Doshas explained., Colonialism and Ayurveda ANYTHING and EVERYTHING in your life can be medicine or poison to your life. How new beliefs by the nature of being new are difficult to believe. Leading with curiosity rather than for proof. Epigenetics and AyurvedaTrauma presenting as mental and physical health symptoms.Making pain your purpose.How Doshas translate into mental illness when in excess, or as wellness when in balance.Writing as a form of medicineHow mental illness can be understood as an imbalance Vata Dosha.How to use routine and journalling to re-balance DoshasImportance of 'mental digestion'How lifestyle medicine can be seen as originating from leading an Ayurvedic lifestyle.How Western and Eastern medicine can sit alongside each otherThe danger of not acknowledging the need for both Eastern and Western medicineThe pain of not living your purpose.Book mentioned in the podcast:
    Vasant Lad- Ayurvedic Home Remedies (https://www.ayurveda.com)
    How to connect with Rachel:
    Instagram @rachelramavedawww.rachelram.wixsite.comIf you would like toc connect with me:
    Instagram: @drdevikapatel
    https://www.drdevikaandrajiv.com
    https://www.drdevikaandrajiv.com/collections/all 
    Join my course "Making Life Happen"
    There is a limited 50% off offer on all courses, until June 2023, so sign up to kick start your transformation journey. 
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 6: Workplace Wellbeing with Matt Bayliss

    Episode 6: Workplace Wellbeing with Matt Bayliss

    In this episode, I'm joined by the incredible Matthew Bayliss. Although the episode is titled workplace wellbeing, as always, we cover so much more!

    After spending over eight years in the corporate world of senior HR/operations management Matt found himself climbing the wrong ladder, burnt out both physically and mentally ignoring his own values on prioritising his own health and wellbeing.
    "A former competitive athlete focusing on my own health to be at its best was my number one focus. Then came the expectations of professional working life and the 50/60hr weeks to climb to whatever I defined as success."

    This led Matt to create "Designed by you" to unlock the potential of well-being to allow everyone to thrive both professionally and personally. This workplace well-being company is changing the culture of our workplaces. 

    These are the topics we cover in today’s episode:
    -Practical workplace wellbeing 
    -Wellbeing in the NHS
    -Wellbeing for the sake of wellbeing
    -Getting a “real” job, as defined by society
    -Climbing the wrong career ladder
    -Re-finding your true essence by exploring your childhood passions
    -Growing up as 90s baby and the scarcity mindset
    -Importance of play and joy in your career.
    -Working from a place of curiosity, rather than fear. 
    -Exercise as a lifestyle change, rather than for an aesthetic goal
    -Taking small steps every day to improve your physical and mental health.
    If you would like to connect with Matt, see below:
    Instagram: @designedbyyou @mattbaylisspt
    Website: www.designedbyou.co.uk 

    Email: info@designedbyyou.co.uk

    Making Life Happen: intentional living programme:
    If you would like to join the intentional living programme mentioned in this podcast, you can find more details here. 

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    • 49 min
    Episode 5: The Power of Sharing Stories with Vanita Patel (Gujrati)

    Episode 5: The Power of Sharing Stories with Vanita Patel (Gujrati)

    This is a special bonus episode I recorded for Mothers Day. It's in Gujarati with, a few bits of English where I got stuck!

    In this episode we just talk about her life journey, the ups and downs and reflect on the power of sharing stories, and what happens when we don't.

    I want this episode to be heard by women across the world who speak Gujarati, so they can feel heard, talk to their daughters and sons about their life experiences and reflect on the beliefs they hold. We can only progress when we question and debate these interesting topics.

    I hope it inspires more conversation and sharing. It has inspired me to improve my Gujarati speaking skills and make sure the art of this language is not lost. Forgive me for my poor grammar, use of slang and poor pronunciation.

    The topics we briefly touch on our:
    - getting married
    - life changes after having children
    -parenting for immigrant parents
    -SEX
    -periods
    -relationships with in-laws
    -creating a life after the marriage of your children
    - sharing stories

    Deciding to learn my mother tongue is one step in my journey of living intentionally.

    Check out our website www.drdevikaandrajiv.com where we talk about living life intentionally in all aspects of our lives.

    Join our free workshop on Sunday 10th April to find out more, on how to be the best version of yourself.

    https://www.drdevikaandrajiv.com/pages/making-life-happen-free-workshop

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Episode 4: Womanhood and Mental Wellness with Seema

    Episode 4: Womanhood and Mental Wellness with Seema

    Seema De Jorge-Chopra was born and bred in London; she is a mother, a movement coach and a kathak dancer. She is passionate about helping women to connect with their physical & mental health and promotes the benefits of strength training for all. \

    In this episode, we take a journey through womanhood. These are the topics we cover:
    Birth trauma, C-sections, birth plans, hypnobirthing.Transitioning from womanhood to motherhood.Generational patterns and pressures.Motherhood during the lockdown.Returning to work after giving birth.COVID allows for rest and reflection.The perimenopause and the menopause.Exercise for the menopause.Adapting exercises to your menstrual cycle.The menopause and HRT.Being aware of the different phases in your cycle.Being at peace with your period and changing cultural periods. My personal experience of the oral contraceptive pill.Expectations of roles in parenthood and careers.Gender roles in a marriage.The true essence of YOU.Here are some useful links related to the topics we have discussed. 
    Birth better- https://www.makebirthbetter.org
    Menopuse-  https://www.newsonhealth.co.uk/resources/#factsheets
    Exercise for depression: https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/self-help/guides-tools-and-activities/exercise-for-depression/ 
    Menopause and exercise: https://www.balance-menopause.com/menopause-library/055-exercise-the-menopause-janette-cardy-dr-louise-newson/ 
    If you want to connect with Seema, follow the links below:
    @seemadejorgechopra
    www.seemadejorge-chopra.com

    Join our Making Life Happen Workshop:
    Sign up to the workshop on Sunday 10th April using this link.
    Learn 5 steps to create your 12 month action planCreate meaningful intentionsDiscover the why behind your actionsMake those dreams into your reality.Start living life, for YOU.www.drdevikaandrajiv.com

    • 1 hr
    Episode 3: Overcoming Anxiety with Sajni Haria

    Episode 3: Overcoming Anxiety with Sajni Haria

    In this episode I spoke to Sajni who bravely shared her story of recovering from anxiety and panic attacks. We covered:
    AnxietyPanic attacksSeeking helpTriggersGrounding techniquesUsing reflectionWork place cultureSmall step to manage anxiety. On episode 2, Rajiv my husband and I spoke about a new offering for this community. We hosted one very successful workshop and will be doing one more free workshop on Sunday 10th April to get to thinking differently about life, and live life intentionally. It’s for everyone willing to take honest look at their life and ready to make small steps.  Sign up here.
    This is what others had to say about out workshop:
    "Feeling refreshed and intentional about areas of life that are important to me."
    "Was lovely session, and a great introduction to what an intentional life can look like."
    "Very focused & inspiring."
    "Excellent well thought out workshop that has challenged my usual mindset.
    Read more reviews here. 
    If you want to join the membership programme, use code EARLYBIRD50 till 24th April for 50% off every package. Check out what's included here.
    For any queries email us on hello@drdevikaandrajiv.com
    If you require any help for your mental health, seek support from your GP, mental health professional or call Samaritans on116 123
    Disclaimer: The content in the podcast and on this webpage is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

    • 55 min

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