Psychological Debriefing: Keeping Up One’s Well-Being

by Rachelle Anne U. Lee, JANUARY 2021

A series of Virtual Psychological Debriefing is held from December 2020 to January 2021 for the Operations Management team. Being at the front line despite the threat of COVID-19, they continue to battle the virus with courage and brave mindset. With 10 participants in each batch, they shared their stories about their own experiences during the time when the strict lockdown was implemented and were assessed on how they are now, mentally and emotionally. The session included opening their thoughts towards their current life and especially at work. Keeping in mind that mental well-being is also an important part of one’s body that needs to be taken care of.

The five psychological debriefing sessions is led by Ms. Mary Margarette Pangilinan, or Ms. MM, an EDMR Therapy Practitioner – Trauma Focused Therapy, Psychologist at Porta Coeli Center for Psychotrauma and Pastoral Counseling Management. Ms. Pangilinan was able to share key points on how to address their own concerns and gave a very interesting way to cope in times of too much anxiety through the ‘Butterfly Hug’. It’s like an immediate stress-reducing technique and is something you can do right away to decrease anxiety and lower your heart rate. The participants from the third batch manage to immerse themselves to it in spite of being on an online session.

Furthermore, Ms. Pangilinan added that the immediate help a person can do to ease anxiety and other causes of trauma is to open and speak up to a person that they are comfortable with. Moreover, she also said that during these times, we need to focus also on strengthening our physical health and our mental health as well.

When wrapping up the session, we took a group shot and Ms. Pangilinan shared a motivational video by Nick Vujicic which says that we must look for the beauty of what surrounds us as a source of strength and happiness.

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About the writer:

Rachelle Anne U. Lee. One of the HR Specialist from Human Resource and Admin Division. Although writing is not her forte, she enjoys sharing and creating stories through video vlogs. She has her own YouTube channel which showcases her talent in video editing and camera works. Southlink opened a great opportunity for her by capturing stories of people from MPTSouth through the camera lens and sharing her interest in multimedia arts.

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