Insular Foundation hosted an online forum on distance learning, mental well-being, and post-pandemic career prospects for Gold Eagle scholars, alumni, and teachers. The learning forum entitled “Alt+Tab: Shifting to the Next Normal” was attended by almost 200 participants via Zoom and viewed by 1,300 users on Facebook.
Dr. Dennis Rebueno, Chief Education Program Specialist of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) - National Capital Region, said new flexible learning modes are in place to ensure quality education during the new normal.
“We have to learn as one,” Dr. Dennis said, noting that education for the youth is not the sole responsibility of the schools but a shared responsibility of the community.
Ben Ampil, Neuroscience Coach, pointed out that stress is the number one problem during the pandemic. He explained that from the first level of calm, increasing the stress level also increases the performance level. He added that good stress or “Eustress” optimizes performance but beyond this level comes bad stress, fear or distress.
“If the stressors in life is equal to our life skills or life experiences, then we are on balance. But if the stressors outweigh our life skills, it tilts against our favor. That’s when problems begin to show. And that’s also when we enter the realm of fear and distress, and our performance declines,” he said.
Coach Ben shared neuroscience findings and practical advise to maintain mental wellness, manage stress, and improve academic or career performance:
Licensed psychologist Prof. Mariflor “Yeng” Gatchalian also discussed self-care during uncertain times.
“The best vaccine we can have is mental health. You can make good decisions, solve practical problems,” she said.
Prof. Yeng shared simple tips to main mental health and well-being: