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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.