Physical health is not the only thing that needs precious care in this COVID-19 crisis. Equally important is mental and psychosocial well-being. UP Open University (UPOU) Assistant Professor Finaflor Taylan of the Faculty of Management and Development Studies, who is also a registered social worker, gives advice on maintaining psychosocial health during this time.
While aimed at helping UPOU students, these tips are useful to the general public as well.
1. Accomplish what you can, within your capacities and limits. Manage your expectations of yourself. Forgive yourself for your shortcomings.
2. Have constant communication with your support group/s. This can include your family, friends, teachers, co-learners, or even your pet.
3. Take care of yourself. Stay healthy. This includes your mental aspect. Have enough rest. Spend time on people, things, or activities that make you feel calm or at peace. Your favorite film, song, or spot in the house is waiting for you.
4. You are not alone. Reach out to professionals for help if deemed necessary. There are volunteers who are willing to share their time and listening ears. You can also be one of them.
5. Count your blessings. The sun shines for a reason.
UPOU students, in particular, may contact the Office of Student Affairs through its Offering Sincere Advocacy Helpdesk, which was launched in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Students may email email@example.com or send messages to the hotline 0929-818-1996. UPOU has announced on April 20 that the registration for AY 2019-2020 third trimester and midyear term is postponed until further notice.
To those seeking psychosocial support, Taylan may be reached via her Facebook account (Taylan Fina) or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. She is also part of the Facebook group, United Registered Social Workers, where members “provide free and confidential psychosocial support and psychological first aid.” They have agreed to post their contact information in the group page for those who need support.
(With reports from Anna Cañas-Llamas and the UPOU Information Office)