In Conversation With: A Pakistani-Iranian Specialist Psychiatrist in UAE
<p>International Day of Happiness is an annual event celebrated on March 20th that recognizes and celebrates the importance of happiness in our lives. It&#8217;s important to remember that everyone has the right to pursue their own version of happiness and take steps towards achieving it. To help us achieve this goal, we can learn from inspiring individuals who have taken charge of their own well-being and pursued meaningful paths to find true happiness. </p> <p>Today, we hear from Dr. Samar Habibullah – a Pakistani-Iranian Specialist Psychiatrist living in the UAE. Dr. Habibullah shares her story about how she found success and happiness in her healthcare career while promoting self-love and acceptance along the way. <strong>Read on for inspiration!</strong></p> <h2>Please introduce yourself</h2> <p>Hi, my name is Dr. Samar Habibullah, I am originally Pakistani Iranian, and I was born and raised in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). I completed my education in Dubai and now work as a Specialist Psychiatrist.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-full is-resized"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" src="" alt="Dr. Samar Habibullah" class="wp-image-16719" width="200" height="200" srcset=" 800w, 300w, 150w, 768w" sizes="(max-width: 200px) 100vw, 200px" /></figure> <h2>Why did you choose a career in mental health?</h2> <p>I&#8217;ve always just been very fascinated by the human mind. Initially, I was very interested in psychology. But with time, I decided that I wanted to have a medical approach to mental health. So I could get the best of both worlds by pursuing a degree in psychiatry.</p> <h2>Would you recommend a career in healthcare?&nbsp;</h2> <p>Absolutely, I would definitely recommend a career in healthcare, especially to women. As women, we&#8217;re very giving and nurturing. And that&#8217;s the essence of healthcare. Being in this profession and serving others is a very selfless act. It’s very rewarding!&nbsp;</p> <h2>Happiness is a way of living, being, and serving communities and society. Does your role accommodate that?</h2> <p>Working as a psychiatrist plays a vital role in contributing to the happiness of society. Mental health is paramount. More so to physical health, in fact. If you&#8217;re not in a good place mentally, regardless of how physically healthy you are, you wouldn&#8217;t be able to enjoy life.&nbsp;</p> <h2>What key message would you like to share with our readers for the International Day of Happiness?</h2> <p>For the International Day of Happiness, I would like to help increase and spread awareness regarding mental health. As a community, we’re so focused on materialistic things in life. We want the best of everything when it comes to the external world.&nbsp;</p> <p>But working inside-out is the real key to happiness. You could be on the most gorgeous island, surrounded by the most beautiful things. But if you&#8217;re not happy on the inside, none of that would be enjoyable to you.&nbsp;</p> <p>So for International Day of Happiness, I would like to say that it&#8217;s really important to prioritize your mental health.</p> <h2>What tips do you have to ensure we experience happiness on a daily basis?</h2> <p>I stay happy by giving myself some self-love. I spend most of my time at work spreading love and positivity. And the other half of my time, I spread love amongst friends and family.&nbsp;</p> <p>Loving myself was a big step for me, and I make sure to take out time to love myself. And I encourage my patients and clients to do the same as well.&nbsp;</p> <h2>How can we promote self-love and acceptance?</h2> <p>It could be something as small as enjoying a meal or spending time with loved ones. Physical activity and engaging in exercise really pumps me up. And sometimes, I just want to be on my own and not have to think about others.</p> <h2>Happiness is a serious subject. What measures are you or your organization taking to raise awareness on this?</h2> <p>I have been quite blessed to live in a country where the importance of good mental health is really stressed upon. Unfortunately, it is quite taboo in a lot of other parts of the world.</p> <p>The organization I work with also plays a very active role in spreading awareness for mental well-being. This includes face-to-face interactions, visiting schools, other hospitals and clinics, and even via social media.&nbsp;</p> <p>I also have a <strong> membership</strong>, which helps me access my DataFlow reports for longer than the usual 90-day period. It’s very user-friendly, and I’m keen to explore more of it.&nbsp;</p> <p></p> <p>If you want to kickstart your international healthcare career like Dr. Samar Habibullah, create your FREE Digital CV today with to boost your chances of getting headhunted by trusted international employers.&nbsp;</p> <div class="is-layout-flex wp-block-buttons"> <div class="wp-block-button"><a class="wp-block-button__link has-text-color has-background wp-element-button" href="" style="color:#f5f5f5;background-color:#00497a" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Build my Digital CV</a></div> </div>