Dr. Vikram Patel cautioned against factors leading to work-place stress and also advised on the management aspect. He was speaking at the sensitisation programme for judicial officers organised by Indian Medical Association Goa State Branch alongwith Goa State Legal Service Authority and Sangath Goa at the conference hall of High Court of Bombay at Goa on Saturday.
Dr. Patel mentioned that often stress is an external factor which influences work and personal life in a negative way and the vicious circle leads to disruption of mental well-being. He said that primarily three professions, teaching medical and legal are most vulnerable and stress is an occupational hazard due to astral nature of these professions. Often the responsibilities which are inherent to these professions can cause ‘moral injury’ to the practitioners.
He further explained to the members that being aware and self-realisation is the key to handle any events leading to stress. Stress is a part of day-to-day life and we should train ourselves to deal with it. He emphasised on the role of ‘Resilience’, which is our ability to thrive in the face of adversity; having resilience skills will help cope better with stress and demands of the profession.
Dr. Patel said that empathy is the most important quality of any professional and it plays a vital role in legal profession as judiciary is the guardian of justice. He demonstrated various methods to handle work related stress efficiently.