The current situation may be challenging but Kabalikat ng Dasmariñas President Mylene Joson is making the most of it by making sure that she takes time to care for herself.
“It’s true that taking care of the family makes one happy. But it is also important to take care of ourselves especially for a mother like me,” she said.
During the time of the pandemic, where the new normal comes with travel restriction, stricter health protocols, and a shift in the work environment, Mylene said that self-care is her remedy to stay sane amid the chaos.
“Self-care makes me sane in this otherwise, insane situation. Listening to music takes me to my happy place even if it is only in my mind. Gardening makes me feel refreshed. Taking care of my dog is like taking care of my children which I really miss, and long solo drives give me a sense of freedom,” she explained.
She admitted that there are countless hindrances to engaging in self-care activities such as the lack of time, social and health restrictions, travel limitations and the normal pet peeves that she experiences when she steps out for essential travel.
To this, she makes it a point to make time for all the things that she needs to do. She said she wakes up at the crack of dawn every morning to get a head start on her chores, office work, and everything that demands her attention. With the extra time, she feels less pressured to do what needs to be done. Balancing her responsibilities becomes a piece of cake for her.
She admits that there are times that she feels stressed and disappointed when people misunderstand her good intentions, especially when it comes to her work as head of the KND but there are also positives in her life that she chooses to focus on like giving back and caring for her family and herself.
She also shared the realization that even though there may be things that do not turn out the way she expects, there is always another chance.
At the end of the day, she chooses to focus on the good things, like living in the present, helping people, taking care of things that should be done, and being disciplined.