When it comes to self-care, selflessness is probably the last thing that comes to mind. We have our carefully mastered routines of doing face masks at night with Etta James in the background, all while burning a giant cinnamon candle for that maximum hygge. On the flip side, some people’s idea of self-care involves creating comforts for others. This is one thing I learned while talking to Spring Philippines founder Bettina Jose.
Launched in 2018, Spring’s main goal is to encourage people to have honest and candid conversations about mental health. They hold talks in different schools and organizations about their personal experiences with depression, anxiety and other mental health disorders. Their live activations in select schools are especially fun with yoga classes, nutrition talks, art therapy sessions, and bullet journaling workshops. While these activities sound like your regular Sunday afternoon, they serve a bigger purpose, too. “We’re trying to give them different ways to cope with their mental illness or improve their mental health without going to the doctors,” she says. “After dealing with high school kids, (I realized that) not everyone is open about it with their parents and mental health therapy is expensive.” By doing these live activations, their team provides some sort of emergency kits in case the clouds get dark.