Dr Ameen Shaikh is a late phase trainee of the FACEM Training Program, based in Brisbane, Queensland. He says he has grown up in four different countries and found in each that humanity and humility run the same.

‘It is remarkable how people are similar in spite of different cultures and languages. I have found similar aspirations everywhere I have lived. People are always seeking happiness, love, affection, health and wealth.’

His fluency with languages (seven in all) has helped inform his world view – his wellbeing view.

‘I’ve been opened to different cultures because I know all these languages (four Indian, as well as Russian, German and English).

‘I have made friends around the world. There’s an understanding that happens and it helps you to be compassionate and to gain a broader perspective on life.’

With these lessons, he has tried to give up worrying too much about his past or future.

‘You cannot be afraid to make mistakes. I’ve had this problem my whole life, but I see how people get disillusioned or have regrets. I think it is better to find hope, to try to enjoy what you have and to be respectful, accepting and understanding of others.

‘Everyone makes mistakes, so I think we need to try to be forgiving of others and remember also to be forgiving of ourselves. We are not born with an instruction manual for life, but if we are open to feedback and experiences, we can learn.’

But Ameen also tries to live by a series of other lessons – opportunities he has found that contribute to his wellbeing. They include seeking happiness in the ones and things you love, but also managing potential stress factors, for example, by planning your finances.

His one key is to always ask for help.

‘You might be pleasantly surprised.’

Ameen’s ways to be well

  • Live in the present.
  • Learn a skill – find something you are passionate about.
  • Spend time with people you love.
  • Set and work towards goals.
  • Have faith – life is never all good or all bad.
  • Read, discover. A single idea can sometimes change your life.
  • Plan your finances (reduce their potential to contribute to stress in your life).

More information
The College has a range of wellbeing resources available to its members and trainees. We also invite all members and trainees to participate in wellbeing activities and discussions through our Wellbeing Network (login required).