BU-HRMDO launches first webinar on Stress Management

Monday June 29,2020

Bicol University (BU) – Human Resource Management and Development Office (HRMDO) launches their first webinar on “Stress Management: Mental Health and the New Normal,” via Facebook Live, June 29, 2020.

With the pandemic situation and its effect to mental health, BU-HRMDO invited Associate Professor III of BU College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP) Dr. Salvacion L. Villafuerte, a Registered Professional Psychologist, currently completing her second doctoral degree on Clinical Psychology.

The one-hour webinar was aired live via Facebook account of BU HRMDO at around 9:00 a.m. Dr. Villafuerte started the webinar with a Wellness Quiz where participants, answered ten questions that reflect the state of their Mental Health.

Afterwards, Dr. Villafuerte discussed and explained the perception of the word “stress” and its symptoms. She furthered that there are specific stress source and psychological impact during quarantine called “quarantine stress”.

To avoid dwelling on these stress indicators, Dr. Villafuerte advised the viewers to practice daily gratitude even on simple situations, optimism, and being appreciative of what one has.

Making the participants engaged in the webinar, Dr. Villafuerte shared the meaning of the yes-no answers from the Wellness Quiz given earlier. She said that the questions focused on the physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual aspects.

Dr. Villafuerte then discussed stress in the new normal due to restrictions on movement or traveling, avoidance of public places, prohibition of face-to-face interaction, social or physical distancing, mandatory wearing of face masks, sanitation, and disinfection.  

Focusing on the stress about work in the new normal, Dr. Villafuerte gave an activity to the viewers for submission to BU-HRMDO vis FB Messenger. Continuing with the topic, she then discussed what is stressful about working from home.

She said that stress on working from home may be caused by the lack of internet access, no laptop/computer access, printer, scanner, no workspace, distractions, the feeling of being over-worked, and the lack of drive due to uncertain situations.  

With this, she gave her Work from Home Coping Strategies to combat stress caused by the stressors mentioned at the same time maintaining good mental health.

To conclude the webinar, Dr. Villafuerte gave the final activity called Self-Care Bingo. All the activities are documented and submitted to BU-HRMDO’s Facebook account as requisites for receiving the e-certificate of the said webinar.



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