Uncomfortable and stressful situations are inevitable, these are life’s given. However, when the pandemic broke out these were elevated to levels unimagined. The world was painted with sorrow, uncertainty, and fear, and left many with the question: How do I deal with the constant anxiety and depression brought on by something everyone may have to live with indefinitely?

Some of the takeaways from Q&A included:  understanding our emotions and reactions, the difference between thought and truth, validation of the causes of anxiety, problem solving techniques for causes rooted in facts, managing expectations and differentiating tell-tale signs that require professional intervention. The activity was made possible by the partnership of CSC with National Center for Mental Health (NCMH).

The program closed with a message from CSC Chairperson Alicia dela Rosa-Bala: It shouldn’t take a pandemic for us to appreciate and recognize the importance of mental health and well being as it is instrumental in performing well at work and in life. The foregoing was then followed by a physical and wellness aerobic exercise, sound mind and sound body. 

 GINO RAYMOND M. MIRANDA