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Self-Care for Partners

The Self Care Hub was created by DLSU-Dasmariñas to serve as a reminder for all our partners that despite the multiple demands of your daily life, you have to focus on your well being too.

Self-care is important in maintaining your overall wellness. It covers several aspects including the physical, social, mental, emotional, spiritual, financial and environmental as it all has an impact on your life.

We applaud all of your efforts and hope that in our small way, we will be able to help you find opportunities to care for your personal well being too.

Enjoy your visit to our Self Care Hub!


Check out this Shortcut to a Guaranteed Healthy Meal

Want to have enough energy and stay healthy? The Department of Health, the Department of Science and Technology, and the Food and Nutrition Research Institute rolled out the Pinggang Pinoy initiative as a guide for Filipinos to maintain a healthy diet.

The move seeks to ensure that the average Filipino gets their recommended nutritional intake per day.

What does a Pinggang Pinoy comprise? It’s pretty simple. Simply follow an imaginary partition on your plate divided as such.

  • Glow Food (Half Plate). Fill your plate with glow food or body regulating food. These comprise fruits and vegetables. Fruits and veggies take up a bigger portion because they provide the body with vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
  • Grow Food (1/6th plate). Go food is body building provides your body with protein and minerals necessary for the growth and repair of tissues, muscles, and bones. Meats, fish, and egg products are among the major source of these essentials.
  • Go Food (remainder of the plate). Go food are energy boosters that are found in rice, grains, and other starches. Go food provides you with energy to keep you going throughout the day.

It’s a pretty easy pattern to follow to stay strong and healthy. Accompanied with proper exercise, good nutrition helps you ward away sickness and disease without having to spend a ton on medication.

Stay healthy Lasallians!

Mental & Emotional

How to Protect Your Mental Health as an Overworked Parent

Parents are given the responsibility of caring for the family but more often than not, they lose themselves in the various roles they play for the household.

The business of earning an income, doing the chores and juggling the endless demands of the role takes its toll on one’s mental health. There are times that these get too overwhelming and it affects their mental health.

If you are a parent experiencing signs of stress and fatigue, take a breather and try these tips to ensure your mental health.

  • Prioritize yourself. There is a saying that you cannot effectively care for other people if you do not take care of yourself. Find time to address your personal needs. Do not let yourself grow hungry just because you are feeding the kids. Make sure you carry around a healthy snack. Sneak in some time to do the things you love like read, or watch your favorite show.
  • Get sleep. Sleep helps your body recover and gives your brain the break that it needs to prepare for a new day. Stop worrying and snuggle up. Stop using your devices 30 minutes before bedtime and try to put on relaxing meditation sounds to help with the relaxed atmosphere.
  • Connect with others. Socialization is important for parents just as it is for kids. While face to face meet ups is still limited, set up a date with your buddies so you can catch up online over coffee.
  • Do not overwhelm yourself. Sure, there are a lot of responsibilities that need to be fulfilled. Do not feel overwhelmed by them. Take things one step at a time. When the stress gets to be too much, step outside your garden and take in the fresh air. Do some stretching exercises or talk things out with your partner.


4 Methods to Stay Resilient

Getting in touch with your spirituality does not have to be complicated. Connecting with God enriches your life with positive words and actions and helps you look inwards to reflect. It also motivates you to look outwards to serve others.

According to book author Dr. Steven Southwick, who wrote Resilience: the Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges, people who have spiritual strength

“meet the challenge and continue with purposeful lives…they bounce back and carry on.”

If you are suffering through difficulties, try these methods:

  • Meditate. Meditation can induce feelings of calm and clear-headedness as well as improve concentration and attention. Mindfulness meditation in particular, helps you focus on what you are sensing and feeling at the moment.
  • Prayer. Connecting with a Higher Power through a moment of prayer helps alleviate worries and burdens, and inspires feelings of hope and positivity.
  • Yoga. This centuries-old spiritual practice performed through stretching and breathing helps you stay centered and increase feelings of well being.
  • Journal. Through journaling, you can connect deeper with your inner self. Writing about your thoughts and feelings helps you realize the meaning of life’s challenges and builds your resilience.


Reasons Why You Should be a Plantito/Plantita

Finding time to relax is a good thing. Nowadays, a growing interest in cultivating a home garden has given birth to the trend of being a plantito or plantita.

If you identify with this growing group of plant affficionados, stand proud. There are a lot of benefits to being a plant enthusiast.

  • It’s good for your mental health. Plants give you the feeling of being outdoors. When you see green, even if its in your own garden, you feel refreshed and relaxed.
  • It’s good for the environment. Plants help improve the air quality in your home. It releases more oxygen and absorbs carbon dioxide.
  • It boosts your productivity. Having a small plant on your desk helps personalize your space, and beautifies your home office. You get a boost of inspiration from seeing them thrive.
  • You feel a sense of accomplishment. As much as you feel pride over raising your children and supporting your family, watching plants survive and grow gives you a deep sense of accomplishment.
  • You can bond over plants. With the limited socialization brought on by pandemic protocols, you can connect with your brood over a shared love of plants. You can also reach out to like minded enthusiasts by joining social media groups about plant parenting.


5 Cool Apps to Socialize with Your Pals

Staying connected in the face of health protocols and social distancing has been the main challenge of the new normal. With restrictions for social gatherings still in place, the prolonged time apart with the people you hold dear seems even more frustrating.

Technology to the rescue! Even though physical meet-ups are still not recommended, there are various apps and platforms that you can use to touch base with your people.

Check them out and see which activities you can engage in.

  • Zoom. Zoom may be associated with meetings galore but it can also be used to play games like chess, heads up, and even Among Us. You can also have a watch party by sharing your screen on Zoom meeting.

  • Facebook Messenger. You can gather your friends for a chat on Messenger rooms or simply video chat one-on-one through the Messenger app. Apart from fun filters, there are some fun games that you can try like Don’t Smile, and Nothing But Net. They’re cool to play if you’re interacting with friends. You can easily do screenshots of your silly faces while chatting too.

  • Houseparty. Like a literal Houseparty, you can host a virtual get-together through this app which allows you to hang out with your pals “in-house” or you can gather together in groups so you can play games and chill out. You can customize the rooms to leave the door open for any one of your friends to walk in or you can make it private so only certain people gain access. The great part is that it notifies you when your friends are online for a more spontaneous hang-out sesh.

  • Bunch. Chat away while you play online games together. Bunch supports up to eight users at once and includes games such as Mars Dash, Draw Party, Pool, Trivia, and FlappyLives.


3 Ways to Earn Extra During the Pandemic

One of the main challenges of the pandemic for many individuals is the loss of a steady source of income. With business closures and limited operations, many companies had to make tough decisions to save their businesses.

If you are among those affected by downsizing or impacted by the quarantine restrictions during the pandemic, take a deep breath. Here are a few tips to overcome the financial toll of this trying time, according to Alumni Relations and Placement Office Director Leo Manansala.

  • Improve your employability. Finishing a four-year course is not always enough especially with the increasing competition in the labor market. Thus, applicants entrants must continue to improve their employability skills like communication skills, leadership and decision-making skills, technology skills (knowledge in computer programs aside from the basics like MS Office), teamwork, etc.
  • Start your own business. Even though the business climate is challenging, there are still plenty of opportunities to be explored with the right idea, creativity, and drive. According to Manansala, the sad truth of our education system and family influence is that students are programmed to be employees with the "Finish college to have good employment" mentality. Of course, doing business is not as easy as it may sound but with the right mindset and perseverance...who knows? Many great business tycoons found their start from humble beginnings.
  • Consider other income streams. This is best for younger lads and gals but even those in the middle of the race may join. Consider side hustles, buying and selling stuff, sharing talents/ hobbies (photography, plant-Tito/Tita mode, baking, etc.) for a fee, engaging in investments, etc.

“What is important is that we don't put our eggs in one basket. This pandemic taught us the value of saving and investing for the future. We must educate ourselves financially,” Manansala concluded.



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

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