Episode #87 – Mental Health – Emotional Health and Finding the Light of Creativity with Dr. Saliha Afridi

Did you know this was Mental Awareness Month? Yes! And to improve your creative thinking, you need to be mentally aware and mentally healthy.

In today’s episode of The Create and Grow Podcast, we speak with Dr. Saliha Afridi.

Dr. Saliha Afridi is a powerful thought leader in the areas of mental health, wellness, parenting and dealing with that inner critic – that voice – that influences your creative identity. She established The LightHouse Arabia, which is now one of the largest mental health centers in the UAE.

Her clinical training has been as a generalist working with children, adolescents, and adults on a range of mental health. Her expertise is in parenting, as well as burnout within the workplace sector.  Her mission was to make mental health services accessible to the UAE community. Since its founding in 2011, Dr. Afridi and her team have contributed thousands of hours to the community, free of charge, to educate and raise awareness on best practices for mental health and wellness. Her most recent achievement was bringing the internationally acclaimed Australian Mental Health First Aid to the UAE, where her team has trained over 1,000 mental health first aiders for early detection and treatment of mental health difficulties within their communities.

Topics Covered on this episode of The Create and Grow Podcast:

[9:28] Increasing Emotional Awareness
[14:46] Why men need emotional agility and emotion freedom
[19:27] Why the formative years are critical
[25:00] The Importance of Play
[28:30] Being an Attuned Parent
[32:24] Why you need care
[33:30] SEEM – Core Ingredients for a life well lived
[36:43] Scheduling Spontaneity
[40:25] The Importance of the Arts
[43:30] The Importance of the ‘Observer Self’


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