The University College of Dentistry (UCD), organized an interactive workshop on October 29, 2020, titled as “Am I present where I am”. It aimed at making the postgraduate students and the faculty members understand the concept of mindfulness and all its dimensions.
Prof. Dr. Samina Malik (Head of Physiology & Mind-Sciences expert, University College of Medicine and Dentistry, The University of Lahore) was the key speaker of the session. Dr. Arooj-ul-Hassan (HoD Community & Preventive Dentistry, UCD) was the cordinator while Dr. Muhammad Hassan (HoD Science of Dental Materials, UCD) and Dr. Amina Tariq (Psychologist and PG Research Co-ordinator, UCD) moderated the session.
The participants were seated in two parallel halls with audio-visual facility in order to realize the ample space dictated by the COVID-19 SOPs. The session was also streamed live session on facebook.
Dr. Malik discussed the four tips of highly effective dentists. She focused on stress coping strategies of mindfulness and highlighted in detail the mechanisms by which human body tries to cope with stress physically and mentally. “The biggest cause of stress is the mismatch between our expectation and achievement. Stress in an individual perception and different people react to it in different ways”, she said.
She explained 12 tips for the teachers to avoid burnout at workplace and how to live in the present and be powerful adding that mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we are doing, without being overly reactive or overwhelmed by what is going on around us. “Mindfulness is something we all naturally possess under the normal circumstances, but it is more readily available to us when we practice on a daily basis”, she further explained.
Dr. Malik made the participants to perform 10 minutes guided mindfulness meditation and elaborated that it requires from people to suspend judgment and unleash their natural curiosity about the workings of the mind, approaching their experience with warmth and kindness to themselves and others. “Cherish what you have and what you are sowing today, is what you will reap tommorrow. Positivity attracts positivity. Apply nature`s law of attraction and abundance”, she added.
The workshop was concluded with ethusiastic and inquistive discussions followed by presentation of appreciation certificate to Dr. Samina by Prof. Dr. Moghees A. Baig (Dean and Principal, UCD). Prof. Mughees also thanked the organizing committee and appreciated all the participants.