I had the Best Summer 2019!

Raining season is approaching and is actually starting to pour these days. I had the best summer ever this year. I made fun memories with my family and friends. I am so grateful for this year’s opportunities to travel. Glory to God!

This was on April 21-22, 2019. The most enjoyable adventures – ATV ride, horseback riding, & flying lizard zip line with my siblings and cousin in Dahilayan Forest Park, Manolo Fortich Bukidnon.

On May 18-19, 2019, we went to Isla Jardin beach resort located in Glan, Saranggani Province.

Tips To Fight Against Depression

Depression has affected millions of people around the world no matter what the status in life and where they come from. It can develop at any age and can lead to serious mental illness if left untreated.  Understanding depression is very important in order to know how to overcome it. This is not an easy journey and it takes time to get over depression but taking a small step each day to fight against it has a great impact in overcoming it.

It may be hard but there are lots of ways to try against depression.

Pray
Praying is undoubtedly the most powerful way to fight against depression. Your strong belief and persistent faith to God will help you improve your thoughts and overall well-being. Always keep in mind that God is always bigger and greater than your sufferings.

Journaling
Writing down your thoughts and feeling is a great idea to eliminate depression. It helps you to express yourself and change your perspective. Journaling is therapy to your emotions because it improves your mood and mental health.

Exercise
One of the most important things in boosting your mood is exercise. You can start it with a 10-minute walk in the morning or at least aim for a 30-minute exercise per day. When you exercise, a chemical known as endorphins and serotonin is released by the body which helps fight stress and makes you feel even better.

Eat a Healthy and Balanced Diet
You are what you eat. As much as possible avoid foods with contents like caffeine, alcohol, trans-fat preservatives, and refined sugar. Choose a diet that is rich in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids.

Spend time in Nature
According to a study, it is best to spend some time with nature, get some sunlight as it boosts your self-esteem and may even reduce your feeling of depression. Nature makes you feel better and happy. You can also opt to go hiking, walking, and travel to places you have never been to before.

Read Good Books
Reading may not be a total cure but it can help to reduce stress levels. It helps you heal, grow, develop and to think positively. Choose to read a book that helps improve your emotional being and mental growth.

Choose an Enjoyable Hobby
Do the things that you enjoy and will energize you. You can learn a new hobby or develop a hobby you love to do. There are lots of hobbies that will make you happy and productive. Whatever hobby it is that you enjoy, it’s a good way to stimulate your mind. Thus, it is an effective way to cope with depression.

Challenge Negative Thoughts
Identify these negative thoughts first hand. You should always remember that thoughts and feelings aren’t always real. Avoid thinking negative thoughts as it may affect your life’s perspective. Lists down the things that make you sad, and as well as the things that make you grateful for. By doing so, you’ll realize that you are blessed with ample things in life.

Listening to Music
Research says music can heal emotional suffering. Music can reduce stress, help you get better sleep and improve your overall mood. Music therapy will not only improve mental health but it also helps people in a physical, emotional and social way.

Reach Out
Remember that you are not alone. Don’t ever hesitate to talk with a family member, a friend or ask professional help. Talk to them face to face. Hearing an advise, counsel or a simple message from them might give you hope for better days. Don’t miss out the opportunity to reach out.

P.S. I’d like to thank my close friend Ms. Sweet Diana Dawn Paller who is my mentor in writing. Thank you so much for the learnings.

Family Summer Getaway

It’s our first-time family vacation. We planned it long before and finally, we made it into reality. We stayed for two nights at Leonidas Inn in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon then we spent our whole day in Dahilayan forest park and adventure park. The place is so nice, cold weather, overlooking sceneries and with lots of beautiful flowers.

We are so much grateful to God for this great time and the chance to travel as a family. Time spent with family is always worth spending. This is just the start of many more family travels to come!

“Memories made together last a lifetime”

Seumul Ahob!

Twenty nine years ago this baby above celebrated her 1st birthday. How time flies! Isn’t she a cutie? LOL 😛

For twenty nine years her life is like a roller coaster ride. Though she doesn’t own everything in this world but she has a loving family, awesome friends and a great God who’s always there for her. She is grateful for all the experiences she has encountered. The joy in the pain, heartaches, rejection, sorrow and frustration made her stronger and better as a servant of the Lord. To God be all the glory!

“For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”Jeremiah 29:11 

“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her”Luke 1:45

2nd CYAA “Dasig” SUMMER CAMP

This year’s JCOG youth camp was a success! The venue was held in a very nice and conducive place at Tupi, South Cotabato  with the theme “Faith on Fire”.  It’s my first time to join and as one of the facilitators I have seen how the campers enjoyed, energized and empowered their faith throughout the camping.  We have learned a lot from this camp,which gave us more strength and wisdom in facing the trials and challenges of life as we wait on the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Just like in life obstacles are designed to make you stronger. Only the weak avoid them…

The Four  teams…

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