Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines

5 questions with guest interview

Hello! I'm Chloe, a mental health advocate and student. Mental health is something I truly hold close to my heart. I love sharing mental health awareness and tips on my Instagram page @mentalitymasterpiece.

I didn't always care for my mental health. I would just go through the motions of life. But, 2020 left me with just myself and my thoughts. And social media, of course.

My page began as small reminders for myself, but it's grown to a beautiful community of people!

1. Do you think you’ve already mastered meditation? Why or why not?

I’m not a master in meditation...yet. 

One of my resolutions for the year is to meditate more often. I've started some morning meditations and moments of gratitude, but I won't lie. It isn't always something I do. Some days I have trouble focusing and other days I'm behind schedule so I skip over my meditation.

If you're thinking about meditation, you should do it! It can be so calming and peaceful. Something we could all use nowadays.

2. What’s something you regret doing and not doing in the past year?

In 2020, my limits were definitely pushed further than ever. It was a tough year for us all. While we all have our struggles, I know I'm privileged. I didn't have to worry about losing my job. I didn't have to worry about missing my next meal.

But I did spend a lot of time worrying. And I wish I spent more time truly living rather than being stuck in my head.

If I could go back in time, I would keep in touch with more of the people in my pre-pandemic life. I truly miss talking to some of my old friends.

3. Do you consider yourself a goal digger? Why do you say so?

I used to. In the decade that I have been in school, I have been wired to structure my life around college admissions.

"Do get a 1530 and you'll surely get into Stanford"

"Yale loves self-starters. Why don't you start a non-profit."

And I fell for it. I would join clubs that I didn't truly love, but I thought they would look good on my resume. I wasn't happy.

Last year, I learned the importance of doing what truly brings me joy. Getting into a top school won't do that for me. I have to do it for myself.

4. How do you protect your mental health in the same toxic environment?

I tend to build a loving world from within. I've started practicing affirmations and becoming aware of my inner voice. I try not to make self-deprecating jokes or tell myself "How could you mess that up?!"

However, this is all very specific to my personal experiences. Some environments can be really toxic and difficult to escape. Anyone who could use someone to talk to can visit the Suicide Prevention Hotline

5. What is your message to those who still consider mental health a taboo?

I would ask these people to reflect on their own mental health. We all have mental health that deserves to be cared for. When you avoid your emotions and suppress your feelings, they often bubble over in huge outbursts.

Do yourself a favor and get help if you need it. It's okay to not be okay.

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