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Rodrigo Mata

Rodrigo Mata

Wellness is a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential. How do you actively pursue your wellness?
I take moments of the day and reflect on both the positive and negative events that have happened in the present, never the past. Look at the positive events that have happened in the day (i.e: got out of bed, made myself breakfast, showered, performed well at work, etc). Look at the negative aspects and evaluate why you felt poorly about the particular event. Why did you feel that way? What are am I going to do to get over it?

Days where I feel down and unproductive, make a goal to do at least ONE thing. Some things I do is paint my nails, make a genuine breakfast for myself, participate in skin care, or my absolute favorite isĀ GETTING READY FOR THE DAY by dressing up for myself and putting on makeup to feel and look amazing.

Self-care highlights the events of the present and indulging in your own self through activities and self reflection. Something you always wanted to do? Do it! Having trouble starting? Do research about or watch other people do it to gain interest and that last push!

Finally, it is OK to take a day to yourself and relax.

What do you do to take care of yourself when you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed?
Playing music or finding new genres of music soothe me and keeps me occupied. Watching films or TV series also distract me from what I am currently worrying about, whether it be a break up or loads of school work.

What motivates you to be well and stay healthy?
The pandemic really highlighted how detrimental depression and anxiety can be. I never want to enter back in my lowest of the low and experience what I gone through. I never wish for someone else to experience those states as well. Anytime I feel something negative, I practice affirmations to help me avoid those thoughts and feelings and replace them with positive ones! Taking care of your mental health will outline how your day will go now and in the future.

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Public Health

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