Mahrukh Khwaja

Mahrukh Khwaja

Author at Dentistry Online

Mahrukh Khwaja is a dentist and founder of Mind Ninja, a well-being start-up providing preventative mental health and well-being coaching for dental teams. Connect with her on instagram @mindninja.ltd or via www.mindninja.org.

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Stress-awareness month – let’s talk about it

With April signifying stress-awareness month, Mahrukh Khwaja draws attention to positive psychology strategies to overcome stress and increase well-being. Stress affects the health of millions of individuals in the UK. However, few people realise that stress is one of our time’s most pressing public health issues. Despite this, stress is seldom treated with the same … Continued

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Thrive in dentistry with Mind Flossing wellbeing cards

After launching the Mind Flossing toolkit, which consists of a deck of cards to nurture greater wellbeing and resilience, creator Mahrukh Khwaja – AKA Mind Ninja – explains her vision for bringing preventative wellbeing practices to the dental team. What inspired you to create a deck of wellbeing cards for the dental team? I experienced … Continued

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Tackling burnout through positive psychology

Catherine Rutland speaks to Mahrukh Khwaja about working with dental professionals on enhancing the wellbeing of the profession. Never has mental health and wellbeing been higher on the agenda. A member survey from Denplan, part of Simplyhealth, showed 42% saw mental health and wellbeing as the most significant challenges facing the dental sector in the … Continued

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Mindfulness to the rescue for dental professionals

Siobhan Kelleher chats to Mahrukh Khwaja about tackling burnout, building resilience and founding Mind Ninja. Tell us about your dental journey and how you got interested in mindfulness? I graduated from King’s College London in 2010 and delved straight into busy general practice life. I upskilled in restorative dentistry and completed a postgraduate certificate in … Continued

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Avoiding burnout – how to foster engaged dental professionals

Mahrukh Khwaja discusses the importance of fostering engagement to avoid burnout and how it can boost wellbeing and resilience levels. In order for us to weather adversities and enhance our psychological wellbeing, studies have reported very interesting findings. The converse of the ‘rat race’ culture of chasing more clinical work as a dental professional, longer … Continued

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The power of positivity during the second wave of COVID-19

Mahrukh Khwaja discusses how to lean into positive emotions to counteract the anxiety of the second wave of COVID-19. As the UK heads into the second COVID-19 wave, it is very understandable for many dental professionals to feel a range of uncomfortable emotions. From anxiety and deflation, to uncertainty and being overwhelmed. In the business … Continued

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The transformative effects of mindfulness in dentistry

Mahrukh Khwaja discusses how mindfulness can suppress anxiety in dentistry and replace it with optimism and courage.  Do you regularly experience negative thoughts? Do you catch yourself chewing over a patient interaction even when you’re back at home? Or do you find it difficult to be present after a stressful dental day? If any of … Continued

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