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Stress-free? keep on coming. (©kattdepersia)

26 Oct

Hello! Before you read my blog, I want you to listen to this one to keep your good and chill vibes as you go through my post  🙂 

Everyone knows that working is stressful and probably the number one source of worry in life, especially with the current state of things. Economic downturn anyone? Remember that learning to prioritize your deadlines and work load can drastically relieve some pressure. Cognitive behavioural therapy is also a viable treatment for work stress as it solves problems concerning negative emotions, thoughts and behaviour patterns using a goal-oriented process. There are also other ways wherein we can relief stress. As for me, eating and shopping are my major stress relievers. I am sure that most of you would agree to me. 

As a culinary arts student, I almost know what the best foods available in town are. Usually, whenever I feel stressed or after being stressed, I eat out with my friends and try foods or eat foods which are very mouth-watering in some sorts. Together with my friends, we even tend to go to food places which are far from us but we know it’ll be worth it. And it does! To be honest, eating really helps relieving my stress. It makes you forget all the negative vibes you were encountering in school and it makes me happy. Though sometimes, I know I go beyond my limits and like they say, too much of everything is bad. So whenever I go beyond, I stop and find or do something that can also remove or relief my stress.

That is when I go shopping. It is in the nature of girls whenever they feel sad or stressed out, they usually go around the mall and update themselves on what is in today. I am one of them! Shopping really relieves your stress too because it makes us appreciate things in life which can lead to more satisfaction and happiness. It takes away your mind off to things and you will just feel that you are in a state of being characterized by being fully present in the ‘now’, without trying to make anything different. Mindfulness is the word! Mindfulness actually takes some practice for most people, but brings wonderful benefits as well.

For you to further understand, I would like to tell you about positive psychology on what else will you feel when you apply positivity to relief your stress. Positive Psychology has so far identified several positive emotional states that can contribute to greater emotional resilience, health and fulfilment.

First is GRATITUDE, you’ll must learn how to appreciate what life has to offer. Whether it may lead you to satisfaction or happiness. Getting what you want and wanting what you have can lead you to feel gratitude. Next is OPTIMISM, We tend to have a natural tendency toward optimism or pessimism, but that’s just part of our potential. We can work on developing more of a tendency toward optimism if we choose to take that path. And, given that optimists see many benefits in life; this is something to worth having when you want to relief your stress. You see what you must value. The third one is FLOW, Losing track of time when you’re absorbed in fulfilling work or another engaging activity, ‘flow’ is a familiar state for most of us. And most of us don’t get enough of it! But it has also benefits where in it also takes out mind of to things which enable us to be relaxed and to internalize so that whenever we need to go back to our work, we are on the right track! The fourth one is MINDFULNESS which I said in the earlier part of my post. It is a feeling wherein we feel a state of being characterized by being fully present in the ‘now’, without trying to make anything different, mindfulness actually takes some time though you will learn to appreciate the benefits it bring when you already know how to feel that way. Last but not the least to positive emotional states is SPIRITUALITY. Whatever the path, a focus on spirituality can lead to a greater sense of meaning in life, as well as greater flexibility in the face of stress. It definitely can make you feel fresh and renewed afterwards.

So whenever you plan to eat and shop just to relieve your stress, don’t go overboard. Just intake and go what you think is enough just to suffice everything you want, to remove your stress from the bits of hard work you are encountering in school or in work. Check also if you already achieved or felt the five positive emotional states you should feel to relief the stress you are currently encountering. let also your friends make you happy! They also take part for you to relief your stress from school or work.

Stress is a part of life, but it doesn’t have to take over every waking moment. Learning to deal with stress using psychological techniques, eating, shopping, and name more can definitely lead you out to stress-free life. You have to be happy with what you are doing! 🙂



Sports: Is it really a stress reliever?

25 Oct

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1o! Knock out!

Ouch! straight to the heart..

This exactly what I felt when AJ Banal was knocked out by a Thai boxer. Banal was fighting a great fight, but one punch was all it took for the opponent to take the title. It was truly a heart breaking moment.

A week ago, I was thinking of a topic to talk about in this blog. Then suddenly, my cousin asked me if I wanted to watch Pinoy Pride 17. Being the boxing enthusiast that I am, I said yes without any hesitation. This was also my chance to enter the new MOA Arena for the first time. On our way to the event, It hit me, I could use “Sports as a Stress Reliever” as my topic in my blog.  Everybody uses sports as a way to relieve stress. YES! A new topic! As we arrived, I was so happy. I have a new topic, I get to see the MOA Arena, I got to eat delicious burgers, we had great seats, and of course when it came to the fights, there was a lot of knockouts! It was only fun until it got to the more serious bouts. Rey Bautista vs a Mexican boxer named Ruiz. The fight was close, neither one of them wanted to give. It was the first time in the whole event that a bout went the distance. I got nervous and stressed to say the least. Personally, I thought Bautista lost because his punches weren’t really connecting. But nevertheless, I’m glad that they awarded Bautista the belt.


After the Bautista fight, straight to the main event! The fight that’s everyone’s waiting for. It was a world championship bout, a chance for another Filipino to be a world champion boxer. AJ Banal vs Sor Singyu! It was also a chance for Filipinos to get their revenge on this Thai fighter. Considering that he has defeated 16 Filipino boxers. If Banal defeated him, he would not only become a new world champion but he would also be a source of pride for many Filipinos. Then, the bell rang. The fight was great they were both trading punches. Although Banal was connecting with more and clearer punches, his opponent doesn’t seem to feel it. I heard someone say “Ang tigas naman ng mukha nito!” the Thai boxer doesn’t seem to be hurt in any way from all the punches that he received. Round after round Banal was doing great, his movement was great, his punches were connecting, his defense was good, not great, but good, and he had the home court advantage. He had the crowd cheering for him. For me, Banal was ahead on the scorecards, if the fight went to the distance no doubt Banal was going to win. Then, came the 9th round. A punched went through AJ’s defense. He went down but it was ruled as a slipped but he was clearly dizzy. AJ couldn’t recover from the punch. And the rest is history. Banal didn’t become a world champion, he wasn’t able to avenge other Filipinos that his opponent defeated, instead he was the number 17 Filipino that was defeated. After the fight, we went home stressed and low morale.  I couldn’t forget the fight; I think I was stressed the whole time after the fight, even the day after.  We went to their for entertainment but we got disappointment. But then again, it is all part of sports. You win some you lose some. If you are looking for sports as a stress reliever is it better to play it than to cheer for others because the stress might grow on you.


25 Oct

You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.

-Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free



Throughout my life I thought that I have experienced stress that was until I went to college. I always lived a life where I got 8 hours of sleep everyday, I ate my meals on time, and I was very organized when I did my work. I was always home at an early time in order for me to relax and do the things that I wanted to do. My parents never let me out on school nights to go to parties or hangout with friends.


I Love/Hate College

Once I got to college I had no idea what to expect. I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into. I knew the work would be difficult and I prepared for that, what I didn’t prepare for was my social life. I didn’t realize that once I was in college I would always be invited to hang out with my friends or go to parties. I wasn’t prepared to always go out. As my social life began to rise my academic life began to go down. If only I can go back in time I would focus more on my studies rather than hang out with friends.  I started becoming stressed with school and overwhelmed with my homework. Since I was so stressed out about school and such it showed while I would take my tests. I would study all throughout the week and still fail my test.


The Sickness

I realized once I got stressed out from college, I started losing sleep which in turn made my skin break out, then I would gain weight from lack of proper diet and nutrition, (also the fact that I’m living on my own and I have to find out how to get dinner some nights, which I then turn to fast food restaurants around my dorm). I didn’t realize what college stress was doing to me until I started getting sick. I woke up suddenly with a horrible cough and my temperature began to rise. Thankfully my brother who is a doctor came to my rescue and brought me oranges for vitamin C and medicine for my cough and fever. He then told me to get lots of rest and just take a moment to relax. But I couldn’t relax, I had a huge load of work I had to finish and I had to study for my last couple of tests. But as the days go on, I can feel my immune system shutting down little by little. I basically turned into a zombie and for a while there is nothing I could really do about it.


The Cure

Now that sembreak is starting I’m going to try to go back to my original lifestyle where I got 8 hours of sleep a night. We learned in class in order for our bodies to maintain equilibrium we should sleep at least 8 hours a night. I also want to start drinking more water and having a better diet because fast food is not a good source of vitamins and nutrients. Being in this September intake made me more prepared for the next semester, which is to come. By this time around I will try to be more organized and try to go with the flow. I learned that you should try to go with the flow more often than not because when you’re stressed out parts of your memory would be cloudier than when you are stressed.  All in all this semester was a good experience because I now know how to manage my time wisely.

-Yvette Belleza


24 Oct

An alley-oop is a kind of play in basketball when one player makes a pass in the air to his teammate and the teammate catches the ball and finishes at the rim. This play is one of the most spectacular parts of basketball or in my opinion is even one of the most exciting and magnificent plays to watch in all of sports. An alley-oop is basically one player assisting his teammate to score by finding him open, near the basket.

Lakers new center Dwight Howard dunks an ally-oop pass from Kobe Bryant!!!

I started playing basketball pretty late, when I was around 11 or 12 but I can say that even if I just play this sport for recreation it has made a big impact on my life. I feel that basketball is like my alley-oop in life since it helps me relieve my stress and tension and I also feel like it taught me a lot of values and helped me meet a lot of new people who eventually became my friends and people I can rely on.

I was never the sporty or athletic kind of person and when I was a kid I would be more of the bum at home, play video games, and eat junk foods kind of guy. I was rather fat and unhealthy with a low self-confidence. Eventually I felt this needed to change and with the influence of some friends as well I started getting into sports mainly basketball, I would often play in the village, school and random games organized among friends. Although I would play for just recreation it kind of changed me, It helped me mingle and meet new people through common liking and this was something great for me since I was very shy when I was young.  Through countless hours of playing I made a lot of friends since it is a team sport and you do need to have good chemistry with your teammates in order to win. It helped me socialize and learn how to go outside of the box I kept myself in. Another reason why I would say basketball helped me become a better person is because I learned to work with others, I am stubborn, and headstrong but in life you must be able to work with others since it will always throw you in situations where you will need to adjust around other people. This sport taught me how to work and adjust when I’m with different kinds of people. Aside from people skills and all that it made me more fit which was great for me since being fit would definitely boost any person’s self-confidence and it’s great to live a healthy life style. Whenever there is something bothering me or I am stressed about something  I look forward to playing basketball since this is my way of relieving all the stress and tension, As it has been proven and I have learned in the semester, Exercise is the one of the best way to deal with stress and for me this is the best way possible because when I’m on the court may it be just alone shooting around I feel at peace, I can focus and just forget the nonsense around me and divert my mind to something I enjoy doing.

            I am thankful and glad I got into this sport because it changed me and made me a better person all around. I learned values such as teamwork, camaraderie, believing in yourself or confidence and it also helped me balance my life by motivating me to stop being a couch potato and exercise and also relieve my stress. Basketball was and is my alley-oop to becoming a better person in life, It assisted me just like how one one player would assist his teammate to an easy bucket by finding him in the air for an alley-oop.