Manulife Philippines held a free wellness webinar led by celebrated dermatologist Dr. Vicki Belo, President and Medical Director of the Belo Medical Group, to share self-care advice with
Filipinos, as they face the uncertainties brought about by COVID-19.
“We want to help Filipinos learn how they can take care of themselves during these challenging
times, when we have heightened fears and worries because of the pandemic. We believe self-
care is not a selfish indulgence, but an investment in one’s self. When we, as individuals, are healthy and happy, we are better able to support one another with our struggles, and offer the best of us, rather than what’s left of us,” said Melissa Henson, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Manulife Philippines.
At the webinar titled Beauty Behind Closed Doors: Self-Care During Quarantine, Dr. Belo
shared self-care advice grounded on four principles:
BALANCE: as more companies embrace remote working to keep their people safe, many
struggle with the blurring lines between the office and home. Dr. Belo shared ideas on
how one can find work-life balance by setting a specific work area and work schedule,
dressing up even at home, and protecting one’s mental health by doing projects that will
make you happy and journaling your progress. She also mentioned taking care of your
skin even while indoors. Screen time can be just as harsh as sunlight and can cause
hyper pigmentation and premature aging.
EATING & EXERCISE: aside from sharing the benefits of regular movement,
cardiovascular exercises for increased lung capacity, and a balanced diet in toning and
strengthening the body, Dr. Belo also noted how these can help boost one’s immunity
and manage stress and anxiety amidst the pandemic. She also mentioned “Face Gym,”
a form of exercise specifically for the face and neck, and the importance of staying
hydrated, getting plenty of sleep, and avoiding alcohol and drugs.
LEARNING: Dr. Belo also discussed the importance of exercising the mind. She believes
that it is good to stay informed but not overwhelmed, and to seek reliable information
from trusted sources only. While physical distancing is necessary, Dr. Belo reminded
people to minimize the feeling of isolation by fostering deeper emotional closeness with
OFFERING GRATITUDE: Dr. Belo encourages embracing an attitude of gratitude, as it has
been cited as an important pillar of psychological wellbeing that also manifests in
stronger physical health.
This is only the latest of Manulife Philippines’ series of free webinars. To know more about
future webinars and topics, follow Manulife’s Facebook page.