When life throws you challenges, especially during these trying times, it’s important to take a step back and focus on yourself. For this podcast episode, Dr. Ging Zamora, a rheumatologist and loving mother, reveals her personal journey of resilience, healing, and self-love.
Change is inevitable so, make the most out of opportunities.
It’s important to keep in mind that things have the tendency to change and your plans might not work out the way you want them to. These “changes in direction” may be out of our control, but what’s in our control is how we make the most out of the situation given to us. Dr. Ging simply reminds us to “dream and work hard” with all the opportunities that come our way in. By doing so, we will know what works for us and where our happiness lies.
Social media can be a double-edged sword.
A lot of people have been mentally affected by the pandemic, and many escape to social media. However, Dr. Ging said, “Social media can help us but can also harm us.” Nonetheless, as Dr. Ging advised, we can still be in control of what we filter out to take care of our mental health. It would also be best if we choose not to dwell over what we see on social media since most of the things that are shared are unrealistic and deceptive.
Don’t dwell on the past.
Dr. Ging shared an experience of her first failure as a child, but as years went by, she realized it didn’t matter or even affect her present situation. We shouldn’t dwell that much on the past because it hinders us from moving forward. Though it’s normal to grieve or be sad about it, it’s also healthy to let the emotions out. Past mistakes and experiences should not define us. Instead, we must learn from them. You won’t grow if you refuse to learn from your mistakes.
Appreciate and communicate with your support system
We are not meant to go through life alone, considering all the hardships that come along with it. It’s important to keep the people you trust close by and depend on them when life starts to overwhelm you. Dr. Ging emphasizes that we should have faith in our loved ones and that they will help us when the going gets tough because “believing in the people who love [us] the most, gives [us] strength.”
Time heals all wounds.
Dr. Ging emphasizes that healing shouldn’t be rushed since there is a process for coping, in order to heal adequately. These are the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. It’s also normal to skip a phase or two, but it will only end in acceptance if you choose to help yourself.
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