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Self-Care for Students

As students who are faced with a unique challenge during this extraordinary time, you must feel tired from adjusting to the online learning set up. Without the physical presence of your professors and your classmates to make your high school or college life complete, you are compelled to limit your interactions through technology to remain safe from the pandemic.

We understand. The struggle is real. This is why the University’s care-centered learning system is geared towards ensuring the students’ well being during this difficult time. Apart from a compassionate learning and grading system, Self-Care weeks are also declared to provide you with opportunities to engage in relaxation activities geared towards physical, mental, emotional, social, financial, and environmental wellness.

This Self-Care Hub is our gift to you. It comes with practical tips and advice to promote self-care. It also includes features self-care opportunities that the Lasallian community has come up with.

Enjoy your visit to the Self-Care Hub. Remember, you matter.


Simple Ways to Care for Your Health

No gym time? No worries. There are many ways you could stay fit, even when you’re at home. Don't forget to take a break from schoolwork and focus on your physical health, as well.

Here are a few tips to stay fit even at home.

  • Perform simple exercises. You can do simple stretching exercises. You can even try to do some yoga, zumba or pilates which only take a couple of minutes of your time.
  • Eat healthy. Partake of a healthy diet with fruits, veggies, protein and whole grains to keep your energy up.
  • Monitor your weight. Maintain a regular weight to avoid obesity and chronic illnesses that may develop from it.
  • Get enough sleep. Teens should get between 9 – 9 ½ hours of sleep. This helps you focus better on your classes and be in a better mood.
  • Don’t go overboard with sounds. Even though it is tempting to let loose with mood music as you complete your schoolwork, maintain a moderate volume on your headset because loud music can damage your hearing later on.

Mental & Emotional

How to Balance Academics and Extracurricular Activities: Self-Care Tips from Student Leaders

In this time of the pandemic, student leaders are challenged to balance their academic performance and their commitment to their respective organizations. This can be emotionally draining and, sometimes, student leaders become burned out due to all the pressure. Small acts of self-care can have a significant impact on their academic and personal lives.

Here are 3 methods that DLSU-D Student Leaders practice to alleviate the stress:

  • Create a to-do list. One of the most important tools in academics and extracurricular balance is the to-do list. By keeping a to-do list, all your tasks are organized in one clean document. This helps you focus on the most important task and consider the time allotted in doing the task. Student leaders Nicole Calinap (President, Teatro Lasalliana), Michaella Tamonan (President, Visual and Performing Arts Production Unit), Czarina Cledera (President, La Salle Filipiniana Dance Company), and Kathleen Mae Aquino (President, Lasallian Pointes n’ Flexes Dance Company) share how a to-do list helps them stay focused and productive.
    Nicole shares how creating a to-do list helps her keep up with her busy schedule, “By setting myself targets it helps organize and structure my time. I usually work according to a timetable. I do my weekday work and weekend work. This helps me finish my work without wasting time.”
    “I would arrange it by date and by how high the priority the task is so that I would be able to finish the urgent ones. I would also mark my calendars and create alarms for my meetings in my organization so that I would not miss out on anything.”, Michaella adds.
    “I develop my schedule, then prioritize the most important things to the least, and will only pick the one that is worth it and will make me a better person at the same time.”, Czarina adds.
    Get your planner or organizers, know your goals, know your priorities, work hard for it, be passionate about it”, Kathleen encourages. Having a to-do list orients your brain in the task at hand, creates order in your hectic life, and relieves stress because it breaks down a task into bite-sized and doable chunks. The big tasks do not seem daunting anymore, and you can achieve your goal by focusing on one task at a time.
  • Unplug from technology. With the pandemic, your gadgets have practically become an extension of yourselves. Constantly glued to screens for online classes, social connection, student activities, and more have become regular activities of a student. Taking regular breaks from using your gadgets is also helpful for your mind and body. “When I am burned out, I let myself relax for a whole day, not even daring to check my laptop or SchoolBook. My reason for this is that I don't want to allow myself to perform in a condition where I won't be presenting to the best of my abilities.”, says Adrian Daniel Joshua P. Santos (President, Lasallian Pop Band).Unplugging from technology allows you to recharge your body and reboot your brain. This helps you slow down, and just be present at the moment.
  • Connect with people. The need to connect with people has become more prominent with social distancing measures because of the pandemic. Maintain good relationships with others will help you have a positive outlook in life despite the pandemic. Student leaders Mark Charlie Reynoso (President, DLSU-D Symphonic Band) and David Troy S. Payumo (President, DLSU-D Chorale) believe that good connection with people impacts their lives positively, and how good connections can be maintained.
    “It tends to make me panic and those are the times when I am the least productive. My mind cannot properly function how it is supposed to be. Malaking tulong din kapag may kasama ako sa mga gawain. Classmates or kasamahan sa organization.”, explains Mark.
    On the other hand, David explains “As the president of De La Salle University – Dasmariñas Chorale, we, the current executive board agreed on conducting lessened productions because we understand how difficult it is for each member. We implemented new rules and regulations that are fair for everyone in the organization and we are doing great so far.” Understanding the pressure that fellow organization members are going through also helps in nurturing camaraderie among members of the organization.
    Small self-care actions can help you be more productive and less stressed and anxious which will benefit your studies and extracurricular activities. Take it from these student leaders who are not only surviving but thriving in this time of the pandemic.


Prayer and Photography: A Guide to Self-Care and Spirituality

Photography is a great hobby to take up if you are looking for a way to relieve your stresses and appreciate the beauty of creation. It is also a wonderful way to strengthen your faith.

For SERVE volunteer Sr. Jenny Mhy-sy Yasa, her Self-Care routine includes prayer, reading self-help books, and taking photographs to help her connect with her inner self and enrich her spirituality.

“I channel most of the time my creativity during Self-Care Week through photography, particularly mobile photography (iPhone 6s). Photography makes me appreciate every single element of God’s creation that surrounds us. It's just a matter of witnessing and appreciating every beauty that is around us, may it be tangible or intangible,” Jenny reflects.

She said that every photo that she captures has its unique charm and a different story.

“It makes me realize and value more the beauty that God allowed me to witness in that particular moment. Since everything that we see around us is all passing, capturing such a moment or object will serve as memorabilia which is priceless,” she muses.

Jenny said that she owes her talent to God and this makes it hard for her to put her feelings to words. Through photography, she is able to convey her gratitude to Him. At the same time, she uses her talents as an opportunity to share the joy with others.

“If my words aren’t heard by many praising the Lord or if my actions aren’t visible serving Him, let my photos convey my message to others that glorifying God can be also through photography,” she says.


Youth and Nature: How Caring for the Planet is Part of Self-Care

Man has a strong connection with nature. This makes people intricately linked to the environment. This is why caring for oneself also includes caring for our Common Home.

LS Verde President Ruth Antoinette Chin believes so.

“Caring for the environment is deeply connected with caring for one's self. If every member of the community strives to take care of our common home, does environmental actions that aim to restore the pristine state of nature, aims to protect and preserve the flora and fauna species in it, and makes it a point to not degrade the environment by throwing wastes, polluting the land, air, and water resources, we are also ensuring a safe environmental space for everyone in the community,” she explained.

As part of a group that advocates for sustainability and the environment, Ruth further said that living in a pollution-free environment allows everyone to breathe the freshest air, drink the freshest water, and set foot on the cleanest ground. “Thus, if we do take care of the environment, we are also taking care, not only of ourselves but of others' well-being as well,” she said.

Ruth said that young people can still do their part for the environment even during a pandemic.

Some simple ways to do it include segregating waste, saving electricity and water, reusing and recycling, as well as limiting the purchase of non-essential products that would only generate more waste. She also recommended growing vegetables at home and maintaining clean surroundings too.

For her part, she engages with organizations that promote positive environmental actions. She also uses her voice to speak for the Earth and all its creatures.

“Young people such as myself can do so much for the environment. We may not have that many resources, but we sure do make it a point that we help in protecting, preserving, and conserving mother Earth,” she said.


Take a Pause: Small Things Matter

For students dealing with the new normal in flexible education, the tendency to become overwhelmed with the demands of schoolwork and other responsibilities is high.

Student leaders Franchesca Garcia and Lean Jane Pantorilla share their strategies for coping with stress.

“For the past three weeks, things have been hard for me, pretty much for everyone. The constant notification bell from a new posted assessment; The unceasing rise of the number that everyone has been seeing at the right side of the screen; The never-ending need to go to Google to completely understand the daily lessons; The tedious meetings that would extend beyond two hours; The need to fulfill the role of a daughter, a sister, a son, a brother, a partner, and a friend; and the 'I-need-to-responsibly-fulfill-this pressure' that come along these things,” Franchesca admitted.

Amid all these, she encouraged her fellow Lasallians to take a breather and likened the break to the familiar use of the semicolon in a sentence.

“To read a semi-colon is to pause for a while before continuing to the succeeding sentences ahead (as you have experienced upon reading this article). To deal with the abovementioned is to pause for a while before continuing to the succeeding days ahead-- before continuing on the assessments, commitments, and all the other responsibilities. Every day I’m telling myself it will always be okay to rest, no matter how long, for everyone has thy paces. Every day I’m telling myself it will always be okay to pause, as long as there exists a mindset to continue, still. To pause and breathe a little, but also to continue."

Lean, in her experience as a student leader, talked about the expectations that people have about Self-Care.

“The thing about self-care is… it is glamorized. If most people don't see it as a well-deserved spa session or full-blown mukbang, it is a three-day or a week-long hibernation from social media. Don't get me wrong - those count as self-care, too. But self-care will not always be comfortable, nor will always be pleasurable. Most of the time, we cannot afford it. In other times, it is acknowledging that most of our problems right now should not be our problem anyways, and so we hold people accountable. That is self-care too, and probably the kind of care we all aspire to give and receive,” she said.

Instead of aiming for something grand, she said she starts with something simple – earmarking one brave thing at a time.

“For every day, one brave thing. And, this brave thing does not necessarily have to be groundbreaking: so long as it's something I believe needed to be done at the moment, it's brave. Sometimes, my bravery is acknowledging that I need some rest. Sometimes, it is getting out of bed and sending that email. On most days, it is keeping up with the news even if we can barely keep up with our studies,” she said.
“That one brave thing will vary for every one of us, and that is okay. As for me, it's fluctuated between taking that well-deserved rest and pulling an all-nighter, both of which, if I had to say, took a lot of bravery in itself. Forget getting into the right mindset - in the middle of a pandemic, what can we expect? I can tell you all the big things that we have to weather even before the school year started, but you have to understand: no big thing was ever accomplished without the small things. One step at a time sounds good in the paper, but it is hard in practice,” Lean added.

She likened her technique to playing a game of UNO!

“Sometimes, self-care is the harsh truth, and we must ask ourselves these things. Yes, we have all set our sights on big things. Great things. Extraordinary things. But for now, send that email. Catch up with that assessment. Take your vitamins, your medicine, your nap, or your willpower. Show up at that meeting, towel hair or no. Show up to that blank word document, to your family pet, to the dinner table, to class, to yourself. There is no step-by-step guide on how to be a fully functional student, how to construct the perfect routine, or how to achieve the perfect setup. Perhaps for some, there is, but the reality is that most people don’t. So do your one brave thing at a time, and let it compound. If one assessment can easily turn to ten, pull out a reverse UNO card. Skip a turn. Let the cards stack if you have to. Help a friend. Lose the cards one turn at a time, then scream Uno! Then, get rid of that last card too,” she shared.


Effective Job Hunting Tips

Looking for a full-time job and or a side hustle during the pandemic is pretty tough. While it may be difficult, it is not completely hopeless.

You can still earn a few extra bucks and capitalize on your strengths despite the difficult situation. Just check out the following tips from the Alumni Relations and Placement Office (ARPO).

  • Market yourself the right way. While the use of social media has become prevalent, creating and maintaining a good digital footprint can make or break applicants' or even employees' futures in an organization. Be careful about what you post on the net. Rather than use your social media to rant publicly, use it to showcase your talents.

  • Be careful where to apply. The increasing number of job search/matching websites can be a plus factor. However, applicants must be extra cautious not to become victims of illegal recruitment or data hackers. Check on the background of the company you are applying for and look for feedback from previous employees.

  • Beef up your communication skills. Job interviews (which are usually done now online) can be also challenging. Extra effort must be exerted in order for the applicant to express himself and impress the hiring representatives. A higher level of communication skills is needed.

  • Be competitive. For some industries (like tourism) which have been greatly affected by the pandemic quarantines, low job opportunities are expected. Thus, competition is tougher. Applicants need to do something to improve their skills. Consider other industries while trying to surpass the challenges of the pandemic.


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