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#LifeLessons - Devika Mankani

Devika Mankani

Age: 43

Instagram: @devikamankani

Job title: Psychologist at The Hundred Wellness Centre, Founder at Privèe Wellness, Member of the Board of Directors at Fortes Education 

Serial entrepreneur and psychologist Devika Mankani uses her background in wellness and psychology to help her navigate her busy working life. 

  1. Finding Meaning in Adversity

One of the most profound lessons life can teach us is finding meaning in our struggles. Adversity, while challenging, often acts as a catalyst for personal growth and self-discovery. It's important to view difficulties not just as obstacles, but as opportunities to learn, to strengthen resilience, and to gain new perspectives. I try to ask, "What can I learn from this experience?" rather than "Why is this happening to me?" This shift in mindset transforms challenges into valuable life lessons. It's often said, it’s not the adversity itself, but how you respond to it, that shapes your character and life path. 

  1. The Value of Stillness and Reflection

In a world that constantly demands our attention and action, the value of stillness and reflection cannot be overstated. Regularly taking time for solitude and introspection is so important for mental and emotional well-being. I try to use these moments to connect with my inner self, to reflect on my goals, values, and emotions. This practice provides clarity, reduces stress, and enhances decision-making skills. It also fosters a deeper connection with your own needs and aspirations, guiding you towards a more authentic and fulfilling life. 

  1. The Power of Letting Go

Letting go of past grievances, regrets, or attachments that no longer serve you is vital for emotional health and well-being. Holding onto anger, resentment, or sadness often causes more harm to ourselves than to others. Learn to forgive, not necessarily because someone else deserves forgiveness, but because you deserve peace. Letting go also applies to unattainable standards or unrealistic expectations we set for ourselves. Acceptance of what is and who you are at this moment is key. This doesn’t mean giving up on growth or improvement, but rather understanding that self-acceptance is the foundation upon which growth is built. Letting go liberates you from unnecessary burdens and opens up space for new experiences and joy.

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