Manage your mental health: Self-care is key

Breast cancer survivor, mental health advocate and Philippine leader of Livestrong Foundation Dr. Gia Sison shared the importance of taking care of our mental health.

Dr. Sison pointed out that while women have been found to be three times “more likely” to report significant mental health consequences such as loss of appetite, lack of sleep and anxiety based on the Global Burden of Disease Study in 2015, mental health problems are more complex.

She shared, “Mental health problems are complex so we cannot separate work and personal life. I’m a firm believer of work-life integration instead of work-life balance because it’s all about work, home conflict. And of course, we have to consider individual bio-psychosocial factors as well. So it’s complex.”

She noted that self-care is key and one practice we should adopt. Citing the World Health Organization, she noted that the “whole basis or foundation of mental healthcare” is self-care.

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