Rediscovering joy and the self with Renuka

Rediscovering joy and the self with Renuka
Hosted by Smitha Murthy
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| 29 March 2024

In this thought-provoking and emotionally candid conversation episode, Smitha Murthy talks to Renuka, a mental health advocate and suicide prevention activist, unfolding Renuka’s life journey. It’s one that has traversed darkness and light, tragedy and renewal, pain and profound healing.

Renuka peels back the layers to reveal how creative self-expression through art became a sanctuary during her deepest bouts of depression, anxiety, and the trauma of an abusive relationship. Her story is an inspiration, showing how she mustered the courage to face adversity head-on, silence her harsh inner critic, and ultimately rebuild herself piece-by-piece using the vibrant colors of her paintbrush.

Quote from the conversation

“It’s important sometimes to accept that we don’t have to go anywhere. That sometimes the past is a constant companion and we don’t, we can’t just push it away.”

We discuss

  • How art can be a great coping mechanism
  • Dealing with imposter syndrome
  • Managing the trauma of an abusive relationship and suicide
  • Connecting with her inner child
  • Renuka’s inspiring perspectives on her journey of healing and self-discovery

Renuka’s bio

Renuka S is Senior Manager, Analytics at a globally reputed organization. She is based in Bangalore and helped organizations solve challenges using big data.

She is also an enthusiastic toastmaster, a bird photographer, and an artist who shares her stories and pursuits on her blog –

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*Disclaimer – The content in this podcast is only for educational purposes. It cannot be considered as individual therapy advice or counseling and is not to be taken as medical or mental health advice. All views expressed here are personal.