Stressed? Here are 5 Ways to Cope In Times Of Crisis

The times are tough, to say the least. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll on us for months. Not to mention, the news just keeps adding up—making us feel more anxious than ever. To help protect your mental health, we’ve rounded up ways that might help you cope.

1. Find time to meditate.

Meditation can work wonders for a person’s wellbeing. Twice a day, allot at least 20 minutes to meditate. Sit in your most comfy position, focus on your breathing, and let go of your thoughts. This will allow your brain to recharge and hopefully, reduce your stress.

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2. Listen to music.

Allow yourself to heal through music. Curate a playlist filled with songs to match your mood—whatever will help your heart cope. Then, crank it up, close your eyes, and actually listen.

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3. Talk to a friend.

Find time to call or message your friends and family and ask about how they’re doing—feelings, state of mind, and all. Check in on them and share your experiences. You may be dealing with things differently, and that’s perfectly okay. Sharing a heartfelt convo is one of the best ways to keep each other sane, tbh.

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4. Give yourself a break.

To anyone who needs to hear this, YOU DESERVE A BREAK. In these difficult times, practicing self-care is important. When the social media barrage becomes too overwhelming, take a step back and distance yourself. 

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5. Watch feel-good movies.

To lift a bit of stress off of your shoulders, take this opportunity to stream feel-good films. Better yet, set a long-distance watch party with friends, stream together, then rant or rave away! iWant offers over a thousand of titles to choose from for FREE—from Pinoy classics to blockbuster hits:

 

Four Sisters and a Wedding

This pop culture favorite features four of the most notable actresses in the country: Toni Gonzaga (Teddie), Bea Alonzo (Bobbie), Angel Locsin (Alex), and Shaina Magdayao (Gabbie), as the Salazar sisters trying to stop the wedding of their brother (Enchong Dee). With iconic lines like, “Bakit parang kasalanan ko?”, the film is practically a meme fest that will make you LOL so hard!

 

Bride for Rent

The film follows Rocky (Kim Chiu) and Rocco (Xian Lim) as they pretend to be a married couple, in the hopes of convincing the latter’s grandmother to give him his trust fund money. As their phony act progresses, they start developing feelings for each other. Will they fall victim to their own scheme, or will they seal the real deal? Watch to find out!

 

Home Along Da Riles The Movie

Remember when you were a kid watching Dolphy play Kevin Cosme in the ‘90s sitcom? Relive the good ol’ days by watching the movie—featuring the whole gang: Vadolph as Baldo, Nova Villa as Azon, Smokey Manaloto as Bill, Claudine Barretto as Bing, and Babalu as Sgt. Baba! The film follows the misadventures of the Cosme family as they accidentally cross paths with syndicates, headed by Gov. Quiogue, played by Eddie Gutierrez. 

 

Super Parental Guardians

The invincible Ang Probinsyano actor, Coco Martin, stars in Super Parental Guardians, alongside THE Vice Ganda. Their characters, Paco and Arci, find themselves playing Momshie and Popshie to the children of Arci’s bestfriend, Sarah (Matet de Leon) who suddenly passes away.

This movie includes loads of laugh-aloud moments—no wonder it’s one of the highest grossing Filipino films of all time! 

 

I Love You, Hater

Joko (Joshua Garcia) wants nothing more than to help his family, while Zoey (Julia Barretto) wants the world to see her worth. The universe leads them both to meet Sasha (Kris Aquino) who is in need of a personal assistant. The catch? They have to compete against each other for the role. To make matters more complicated, they fall for each other.

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The times may be hard, but we hope these tips will help put your mind at ease.