While Mental Health Awareness Week is over, we continue to take care of our selves. Here are this week’s tips.

Art Samantha Gonzales

Meditate on Spotify

Believe it or not you can meditate using Spotify. Spotify has an amazing podcast called Meditation Minis, 10‑minute meditations for anxiety, stress and sleep hosted by hypnotherapist Chel Hamilton. The meditations come from a wide variety of sources and do not subscribe to any particular religious ideology. There are currently 92 videos in her podcast, which includes titles like “A meditation for people who can’t relax,” “Crappy to Happy… how to think positive,” “heart blooming meditation.” Start your day and end your day with meditation, which studies have shown to increase happiness. The best part is it doesn’t cost a cent—just a few minutes and your 100% attention.

Art Samantha Gonzales

Take your vitamins

Vitamins support our body and safeguards it during stressful events. If you’re feeling tired or exhausted, get a good night’s sleep and then start the following day with vitamins like Berocca. Berocca contains a specific combination of B‑Vitamins, Vitamin C enhanced with added Calcium, Magnesium and Zinc which work in synergy to help your body release the maximum energy from the food you eat. Best taken in the morning, it helps improve mental sharpness and physical energy. Berocca is available in all drugstores and selected supermarkets nationwide in Orange, Citrus and Mixed Berries.

Art Samantha Gonzales

Eat well

Comfort food is one of the most accessible means to self‑care, pasta being a classic go‑to. Italian chef Chris Locher—the man behind My Kitchen by Chef Chris and Amare—labels our passion for for Italian cuisine as “intense.”

But if you’re going to indulge in complex carbohydrates—which you are free to do so every once in a while—might as well take it to the next level. Recently, Fly Ace Corporation, which is behind pasta brand Doña Elena Al Dente Pasta, introduced a new way to enjoy noodles—while painting.

At the #LovePasta event this month, staged in celebration of World Pasta Month, they invited people from Sip and Gogh, a paint‑and‑sip studio where you can sit down with a bottle of wine while being taught how to recreate a famous painting with your own hands. During the event, guests used a plain apron as canvas.

Do the same at home. Grab some brushes (or better yet, avail of a session at Sip and Gogh), paint on a blank apron, and whip up some dishes using Doña Elena’s array of artisan‑quality pasta, which has a higher protein content and uses 100% all‑natural and GMO‑free ingredients. Own it by mixing in Filipino ingredients like ampalaya, okra, longganisa, tocino, or even kesong puti.

Art Samantha Gonzales

Set a date with yourself

The 3rd Danish Film Festival is ongoing until October 22 at Shang Cineplex, Shangri‑La Plaza in Mandaluyong City and will be presenting movies like Iqbal Farooq and the Secret Recipe, The Commune, Long Story Short, Echo and Going to School.

Turn off your phone, splurge a little at the mall, and travel to Denmark from a movie theater seat. All screenings are free to the public but seats are on a first‑come, first‑served basis so make sure to allot some time to fall in line. Maybe you can also make new friends. *wink wink*