11 Easy Tips to Protect Your Mental and Digital Well-Being

It’s been more than a year since the pandemic started and I can count with the fingers of both hands the number of times I went out. I have adjusted surprisingly well considering I live alone, but the cracks have started to show in the past few months. There are times when I talk to myself out loud. My social skills have declined and I find myself unable to respond during meetings and video calls. I get tired when I get multiple deliveries in a day or when I interact with a lot of people. My wellbeing is not doing so good.

So when Google invited me to a Well-being Day with Ronald Del Castillo, PsyD, MPH of DIWA Mental Health, I knew I needed to go. I wanted to find ways to care for myself as we continue to survive during the pandemic. Other speakers during the webinar included Geia Lopez from Google, and YouTube creators Janina Vela, Lyqa Maravilla, and Madam Ely.

Here are some of the things I learned during the talk:

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You Can Now Pay For 550 Billers Using the PayMaya App!

Before I discovered PayMaya, I went to service providers and business centers just to settle my bills. It was such a waste of time preparing cash, going out of my way, and standing in line just to pay a bill. With PayMaya, I can just open my smartphone and settle them anytime, anywhere. Lately, I’ve been paying them in the middle of the night, when I’d suddenly remember I have an outstanding payment. There’s also the cashback you can get when you make transactions on PayMaya.

Filipinos can now settle payments at over 550 billers using the PayMaya app, the most number and widest range of billers offered by a Philippine e-wallet to date – enabling consumers with a safer, more convenient, and more rewarding way to pay.

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WATCH: Grab Gives Surprise Deliveries for Riders in This Touching Video

One of my favorite apps is Grab. Apart from the convenience, I love how friendly the delivery riders are. I’ve had packages delivered from Quezon City, Mandaluyong, even Malabon, and they all arrived down south with a warm greeting and virtually zero complaints.

Delivery riders truly are heroes during the pandemic: as we stay comfortable indoors, they brave traffic, heat, rain, and long distances just to make sure we get our food, groceries, and packages. To thank all that they do, Grab gave a few of them surprise deliveries from GrabMart. As expected, it’s touching and emotional.

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LOOK: Google Uses Poetry and Animation to Teach Digital Responsibility

The internet is a wild place. I love how I can use it to learn new things, express my creativity, and stay in touch with my loved ones. It can be scary, too. Trolls and fake news abound, and there’s always a new form of kalat every day. It’s a double-edged sword.

Recently, Google launched a collection of spoken word poetry and animated videos on its local YouTube channel. It aims to teach digital responsibility and help Filipinos be better netizens and stewards of the internet. The content is developed by the youth volunteers of Teach Peace Build Peace Movement (TPBPM), an NGO which aims to build peace online and in vulnerable communities nationwide.

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