Self-Care Plan of College Freshman Students During the Covid-19 Pandemic in the Philippines


The covid-19 pandemic affects not only physical health but also mental health and wellbeing. Loss of loved ones, fear of being infected by the virus, threats to the financial stability of their family, changes in normal routines, and feelings of isolation can contribute to increased anxiety, sadness, and loneliness which pose a greater danger for psychological impairment. Literature pinpoint that promoting self-care has a favorable effect on individuals’ mental health. With the current health crisis worldwide, the majority was inevitably shaken by its life-changing effects. The student population is one of those who were directly affected due to the overwhelming challenges and uncertainties they face. It is in this light, that this research was conducted to encourage freshman students to design their self-care plan embedded in online course-based mental health modules to help them overcome difficulties and promote resilience. This research employed a qualitative approach to describe the selfcare plan of freshman students. The eighty-two participants were enrolled in a non-academic online course on mental health literacy at a private university in the Philippines. Thematic analysis was utilized to examine the data gathered using the eight dimensions of self-care by Fisher (2015). Results show that students’ self-care plan includes systematic (physical selfcare), emotive (expressing emotions), luminescent (spiritual practices), cognitive (having a positive mindset), aptitudinal (finding creative ways to use skills and talents), relational (connecting with others), environmental (supporting local communities), and financial selfcare. With these findings, implications of the importance of comprehensive and sustainable mental health programs in schools and universities are discussed.

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Rosemarie A. Tayoto, De La Salle University, Philippines

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Conference: ERI2022
Stream: Engaging At-Risk Youth

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Tayoto R. (2022) Self-Care Plan of College Freshman Students During the Covid-19 Pandemic in the Philippines ISSN: 2435-1202 – The IAFOR Conference on Educational Research & Innovation: 2022 Official Conference Proceedings
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