- LifeRisks, an NGO, launched an online tool in order to assess social and emotional well-being of people in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic
- This was made in partnership with the DLSU Manila’s The Hope Lab
- The survey can be completed in 10 to 15 minutes and is available for free in English and Filipino
Do you feel like the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting your social and emotional well-being?
LifeRisks, a nonprofit youth organization collaborated with De La Salle University Manila’s The Hope Lab in order to come up with an online assessment tool called the Global People’s Unexpected Life Events Self Evaluation or #GPULSECOVID19.
It is a 10 to 15-minute free online self evaluation on social and emotional well-being amidst COVID-19 and ECQ.
“It contains questions regarding your sleep, well-being, social support, hope, and other variables. You will receive the results immediately after completing the survey,” the NGO explained on their Facebook page.
Based on the partial results of the survey, one out of 4 Filipinos need more than one hour to sleep at night since the ECQ. “This is also known as sleep latency which is one component of sleep quality. It is possible that this is because of lack of physical movement, late waking hours in the morning, and other factors like afternoon naps,” LifeRisks explained.
In order to sleep better, they suggested limiting caffeine intake at night and reducing blue light exposure from 10 to 11 p.m.
Another partial result showed that 19.74 percent or 3,182 adult respondents from the National Capital Region experience severe anxiety symptoms. “Those who met specific criteria automatically received linkage to mental health services available here in the Philippines,” the group explained.
Meanwhile, 74.73 percent of the total sample met the criteria for moderate to flourishing well-being.
LifeRisks also enumerated the following ways to manage anxiety from Mind HK: Acknowledge emotions regularly, rather than avoid them; Talk to someone you trust but avoid talking about COVID-19 only; Maintain physical health by getting enough sleep, eating nutritious meals, and exercising; and Try breathing and mindfulness exercises.