Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Life has been a series of gadget screens on my face lately, and I think my mental health is affected by it. What is a proper coping mechanism do you suggest about this? Your column article about this topic allowed me to start thinking about taking care of myself.


Danny Boy

Dear Danny Boy, 

As a fellow student myself, I share the same sympathies as we go through these unprecedented times. Last year was an outlier among others—it became a year full of uncertainties. This pandemic has been tough for both students and teachers alike as we struggle to overcome the challenges brought to us by separation.

Shifting from face-to-face classes to online learning brought rough adjustments to schools. We were forced to live on through virtual realities. I am grateful that you decided to take the initiative to take better care of yourself after reading my column. 

Here are five ways to kick-start your journey to self-care: 

Sleep 8-10 hours

Let’s admit that the pandemic has affected us in various ways, and one of those has been our sleep habits. Although the power of sleep may be underestimated, did you know that inadequate or poor sleep quality negatively affects your mood, mental alertness, energy level, and physical health? Better start catching those Zzzs!

Engage in Physical Activities

While exercise improves your physical health and overall sense of well-being, it also has proven benefits for stress belief. Physical activity may help bump up the production of your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins. Also, regular exercise can increase self-confidence, improve your mood, help you relax, and lower symptoms of mild depression and anxiety. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get physical!

Practice Gratitude

Take a moment to list three (3) things that made you happy today! You’d be surprised at the multitude of things you can include, may it be your family, friends, or even waking up to a brand new day.

Communicate and Reconnect with Friends

Just like physical and mental health, keeping our social health is important as well. Social health is our ability to interact and form meaningful relationships with others. Try reconnecting with your friends and spending time with each other catching up about your lives. 

Spend Time Outside

Although we may be tempted to lock ourselves in our rooms and drown ourselves with watching movies or scrolling through social media, why not take a fresh breath outside for a change? Researchers discovered that nature makes us happy. Additionally, spending more time outdoors is linked to higher levels of concentration, creativity, and improved mental clarity. 

Well, what are you waiting for? As we continue the academic year through digital means, let us not be carried away with virtual realities; Let us still live our lives, even behind the screens.

Wishing you all the best, Danny!


Karminia Gabrielle

Karminia Gabrielle Reyes

Karminia Gabrielle Reyes


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