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Self-Care for Employees

The University recognizes the challenges brought on by the pandemic to faculty and staff members. The difficulties and demands of the transitioning work sphere has brought a lot of worries and demands on Lasallian employees. However, as the pandemic wore on, the resilience of the Lasallian workforce shone through and the animo spirit became stronger than ever.

Amid these challenges, it is the University’s wish that faculty and staff members will have an avenue to support their self-care objectives. This Self-Care Hub was created to cater to this goal as part of the University’s commitment to ensuring the well being of all Lasallians.

Enjoy your visit to the Self Care Hub!


5 Minute Self-Care Tips

You might think that with the combined responsibilities of a remote work set up, assisting your kids with online learning, and juggling household tasks, self-care is a luxury that you cannot afford.

The good news is, focusing on your own wellness does not require hours from your day. In fact, just a few minutes to breathe is enough to protect your well being. Don't believe it? Here are some things you can try:

  • Massage. If the pandemic has rendered you unable to book an appointment at your favorite spa, take five minutes to stretch out and give yourself head massages, neck massages, back massages or foot massages. You will feel relaxed in no time.

  • Exercise. Get your blood pumping by doing a few basic exercises at the beginning of the day. Take a brisk walk, simple aerobics or stretching.

  • Write. Express your feelings by writing them down. Whether you’re frustrated or happy, a few minutes of journaling can help you cope with your emotions.

  • Snack. Take a break and enjoy a snack. Indulge in the food you like in moderation. Make sure you keep them balanced with healthy meals.

  • Take a sound trip. Turning on some music as you go about your daily tasks can help start your day right and put you in a better mood.

Mental & Emotional

5 Tips to Deal with Anxiety

A recent study conducted by Premiere Value Provider Inc. indicated that the pandemic has spurred mental issues such as stress, depression, and anxiety. As a matter of fact, among the respondents surveyed, 15 percent admitted to suffering from stress. Twelve percent said that they had depression while 21 percent acknowledged that they were experiencing anxiety.

According to the Student Wellness Center, there are effective and simple ways to prevail over anxiety. Here are some of them.

  • Don’t blame yourself. Understand that anxiety is not your fault. Getting to the root of your anxiety will help you realize that you should not blame yourself for experiencing it. Step away from these negative feelings to make room for the positive.
  • Understand your subconscious power. Realize your power to control your subconscious mind. Re-channel negative energy to positive thoughts. Focus on love rather than fear, which drives anxiety. Use your subconscious to soothe anxiety and focus on being calm and confident.
  • Discover a positive self-concept. The way you speak about your life is essentially a way of creating your own story both for yourself and for other people. These form the framework of how you feel about yourself and the life that you have created.
  • Learn to love and parent yourself. The full realization that you are responsible for yourself is a fundamental step for mental well-being. Feeling you are worthy of care and love is liberating. Value the relationship that you have with yourself.
  • Start caring for yourself. Your body responds well to having its needs met and recognizes the rewards of a healthy self-care habit. Make time for it.


The Ultimate Self-Care Weapon? Try Self-Introspection

Work-life and student life in the time of the pandemic pose a multi-pronged challenge for everyone. This extraordinary situation leads to health, issues, financial problems due to the fluctuating economy, spiritual crisis, and even social anxiety.

DLSU-D faculty member Dr. Frank Villanueva takes all these in stride using a secret weapon – self-introspection.

Based on studies, self-introspection increases one’s ability to reflect on oneself and boost self-confidence. The improved ability to connect with oneself can also encourage compassion and connection with others. It also inspires self-improvement and spiritual development.

“Self-care activities indeed give me time to recharge mentally and psychologically as a teacher. For any teacher, this is a very important time to reintegrate oneself and refocus on the demands of work,” Dr. Villanueva said.

He cited that finding time to care for oneself is not very easy, especially for those who are juggling multiple responsibilities while at home. “Hindrances may come in various forms. It can either be internal and external as well. Things I would consider internal are those which have to do with physical condition and work habit. External causes are internet connectivity, set of priorities, and the programs and activities,” he said. However, he said that he uses self-introspection as a tool to “pave the way to sustaining and nurturing the spirit in us to move further to be able to embrace better things and to be more focus on the demands of our work.”

For Dr. Villanueva, self-introspection is already a way of life. As a Religious and Values Education professor, he counts the time he spends on the practice as part and parcel of his daily routine. He highly recommends others to do the same.



Seeing Green in a Positive Way

Seeing green is often associated with the feeling of being angry, but isn’t it time to change this old perspective?

Seeing green and interacting with nature, actually has a lot of benefits, studies prove. Here are some of them:

  • Nature improves your health. Nature helps improve your immunity. Many plants emit chemicals called phytoncides into the air that boosts your immunity and viruses and bacteria.
  • Nature improves your mood. Stepping outdoors is a great remedy for stress because of nature’s soothing benefits. Take a break from your screen every so often and take a moment to appreciate the greenery.
  • Nature boosts your concentration. If you’re feeling stuck on a task and need to spark your creativity, being with nature gives your brain a welcome break. When you relax, you feel like your ideas flow better.
  • Nature aids weight loss. Being around nature makes exercising a more enjoyable task. Take note and start your day stretching in your garden or backyard.


Why Join a Social Group?

You have to admit that the new normal takes its toll on your social life. With restrictions on movement, commuting to your favorite café can be a hassle, not to mention, challenging with health protocols in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The next best thing perhaps is to connect with other individuals who share similar likes and hobbies online. An example of this is the Wildlife at La Salle Dasma Facebook page, which now has over 1200 members since it was created last March.

“Wildlife @ La Salle Dasma was started by a nature enthusiast who wants to showcase how the campus is a sanctuary to all its resident plants and animals. Somewhat relieving to all especially to our alumni how the campus has also been their sanctuary when they were here in DLSU-D,” page admin Marlon Pareja said.

Of course, there are other benefits to joining an online social group. Here are some of them:

  • A newfound perspective. Ms. Aileen Marasigan shared that since joining the group, she sees the campus in a new light. She said: “As I enter DLSUD every day, the roads in campus with a very calm green reminds me that looking forward is the best way we can do. Sometimes we need to pause and think, to let things cross or pass by and at the end of the day, the beauty of life will always be there and we were able to endure all these trials with a pure heart and with determination.”
  • A sense of connection. Ava, an alumna of DLSU-D said that joining the wildlife group makes her feel more connected to her alma mater as she reminisced good times shared in the University from the images shared by the members. It’s the same with Lester, who looks back at his college days fondly as he views the beautiful photos posted by group members.
  • Making friends. Sara, who loves to travel, became a member of a travel group where she met a lot of good friends over the years. Some of the members of her group also arrange to meet up on some of their adventures. She said she likes sharing stories and experiences with the members.
  • Networking. Ira, who is a member of a freelancers’ group, said she receives a lot of motivation from other members. She also gets leads on good companies to engage with from her contacts. Jam, an artist, said she gets a lot of encouragement from other members which boost her creativity and skills as a freelancer.
  • It’s fun. Sometimes, all you need are photos and videos of cute animals to ease your stress. This is the case for Agnes, who admits joining the I Heart Pomeranians group with fellow pom mommies is her guilty pleasure. “Feel good sya… Nakakagigil mga pics ng mga poms!” she explained.


Manage your Debts with these 'Wais'Tips

Managing debt is one of the biggest challenges of adulting. It is also one of the biggest sources of stress. As our responsibilities grow, so do the expenses that go with it.

There the usual utility bills, credit card bills, loan repayment and the occasional bill for splurging that you need to settle on a monthly basis. Sadly, there are times that it is difficult to make ends meet with your paycheck.

As a remedy to your problem, here are some smart tips to manage your money and pay off your debt responsibly.

  • Pay your bills on time. Credit card bills that are not paid on time incur interest charges and late fees which can add to the amount that you owe. If you can’t pay the entire amount, settle the minimum due. Set an alert so you don’t miss on your due dates. Utility bills are even more important as it can result in service cut off and additional charges for reconnection.

  • Set a monthly budget. Set aside the funds you need for food, utilities, educational, transportation and other expenses. You can also set a target savings amount for each month to reach your savings goals.

  • Spend wisely. If you’re barely able to make ends meet with your income, refrain from impulse spending and find ways to save on the things you need. You can also explore alternative ways to earn by selling some stuff that you no longer need through social media or e-commerce platforms. This will ensure that you do not overspend and incur more debt.


Check out inspirational quotes, top tips and informational materials to help you navigate through the challenges of the new normal.

Self-Care Videos

Relax with music, meditation, entertaining and informative videos to help you in your self-care journey.