‘Paano ba magpahinga?’: UP Psych Services give tips

October 28, 2021 - 12:27 PM
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A graphic from UP's Psychosocial Services (Facebook/UPD PsycServ)

The University of the Philippines Psychosocial Services (UPD PsycServ) gave advice on how to rest amid the still ongoing COVID-19 pandemic following the World Mental Health Day on October 10.

Its official page also released infographics on October 27 where it stressed the importance of rest.

“Paano nga ba magpahinga? Sa panahon ngayon na hindi na natin mapaghiwalay ang lugar at oras para sa trabaho at leisure, importanteng alamin at isabuhay natin ang iba’t ibang paraan ng pagpapahinga, at alalahanin ang magagandang dulot nito sa ating kalusugang pisikal at isipan,” read the post.

In the infographics, the group cited the loss of “transitions” between work and rest as the main reason why some struggle to take a break.

“Ngayong may pandemya, marami sa atin ang nawalan ng ‘transitions’ sa gitna ng oras ng pagtrabaho at pagpahinga, tulad ng pag-commute. Meron namang hindi alam kung ano ba talaga ang kinakailangan o gusto nila para makapagpahinga,” it said.

It also stated that exhaustion and overthinking are factors for the inability to rest well.

“Naka-focus ang buong araw sa trabaho o mga kailangan gawin. Pagdating ng gabi o weekend, wala nang energy o motivation na gawin ang activities na nagbibigay ginhawa,” the text in the infographics read.

“O kaya naman pakiramadam ay hindi pwede magpahinga hangga’t may hindi pa natatapos na gawain,” it added.

The post had since garnered 4,300 shares and earned more than 1,700 reactions on the platform.

The UPD PsycServ then gave general tips on how to take of oneself amid the busy life.

  • I-explore at alamin kung ano talaga ang nakaka-ginhawa para sayo.
  • Maging committed sa pagpahinga.
  • Appreciate and be grateful for the opportunity and space to rest.

It also invited the public to attend its events for the UP Mental Health Month 2021 with the theme “Enhanced Virtual Yakap: Promoting Well-being in Trying Times.”

The World Mental Health Day is an annual campaign of the World Health Organization to raise awareness on mental health issues in the world.

“The overall objective of World Mental Health Day is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health,” WHO said on its website.

“The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide,” it added.

Meanwhile, the country celebrates National Mental Health Week every second week of Octobe based on Proclamation No. 452, dated Aug. 25, 1994, signed by then-President Fidel Ramos