She Talks Asia, a movement that “celebrates the modern woman, providing a space for inspiration and support among women across multiple platforms,” has launched their new campaign on mental wellness, #WeAreEnough.
It will also be the theme of the third edition of their annual summit, which is set to focus on strengthening one’s self-worth, nurturing healthy relationships, and overcoming barriers to personal success.
In a press briefing, the movement’s founders Iza Calzado-Wintle, Bianca Gonzales-Intal, Victoria Herrera, and Lynn Pinugu admits even they who seek to empower fellow women have their bad days, too. Here’s how they motivate themselves when they don’t feel like at their best.
“Be grateful.” – Iza Calzado-Wintle
Bullet-journaling is the first on Iza Calzado’s to-do list every morning. One other thing she does on not-so-good days–being grateful. “I think when you catch yourself feeling down, it’s very powerful to be grateful for who you are and for the little things in your life,” she says. By little things, she means having the ability to walk, or breathe, which can then grow to celebrating bigger things like writing or articulating opinions well.
“Feel whatever you’re feeling.” – Victoria Herrera
The reassuring idea that moments of self-doubt is just a phase is what keeps Victoria Herrera in a positive disposition. “I know I’ll be up again so I don’t try to bury my emotions,” she says. “That’s why I just relax and let myself have that little moment to let myself feel whatever I’m feeling.” She says a hot cup of tea and going to sleep early helps her deal with negative thoughts.
“Be productive.” – Bianca Gonzales-Intal
Bianca Gonzales-Intal has an alternative to self-talk–channeling the negativity to work. “If you force yourself to be productive or help out someone else, it gives you a sense of fulfillment,” she says. “It never fails to make you feel better.” She also cites spending time with her kid, eating ice cream, or simply watching a funny movie as surefire ways to pick her mood up.
“The good always outweighs the bad.” – Lynn Pinugu
Listing down all the good and bad in her life is what helps Lynn Pinugu on a daily basis. “I would list down what makes me feel bad because I don’t want to just ignore it, and proceed to the things the things that are going well in my life,” she shares. “Everyday, the good always outweighs the bad.” She also reminds herself of what her mom once told her after an incidence of bullying as a kid: Life is not perfect. “Life is never meant to be easy,” she recalls. “It’s full of struggles. It’s up to you to choose which battles you will fight.”
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