Self-care during self-isolation: how to deal with the overwhelm

We’ve been living under different lockdown measures for 8 months as of writing, and this COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed our lifestyle and our lives as we know it. 

As we all do our best to take care of ourselves and our families in these challenging and uncertain times, self-care is a critical tool we must turn to. Being cooped inside and self-isolated doesn’t mean your physical and mental health should suffer. There is a lot we can do to maintain a strong mind and body despite the chaos we are all facing today.

This excerpt is from Dawns: A Weekly Devotional for Self-Care and Spiritual Growth, co-authored by Isa Garcia, Janina Marie Rivera and Ida Torres, published by OMF Literature, the leading publisher and distributor of Christian books in the Philippines. The book is a helpful guide that we can use to practice daily self-care. 

Through these actionable steps that we can take everyday, we can be able to take better care of ourselves and show up as the best version of ourselves. 


What To Do When You’re Too Overwhelmed

At one point (or maybe more than a hundred points) in your life, things will become just too much. Too many items on your to-do list. Too much pressure from your boss. Too much anxiety over things you have no control over. Too many people in the room with you. Too much anger over a situation. Too many things on your mind. When faced with too much, here are some things that you can do.

Talk to God. Don’t make this your last option. You don’t have to say a “formal” prayer. Make your prayers as normal as breathing. The more you talk to God, the more natural it will feel to turn to Him when things get too overwhelming.

Breathe in, breathe out. The act of physically taking a deep breath and releasing it after a few seconds can help your brain and your heart slow down. Do this a few times until you feel calm enough to think with a clear head.

Step out/away. If you need to leave a roomful of people, do it. If you need to walk away from a person you’re talking to, do it. When you need to leave that to-do list and walk around for a few minutes, do it. When you’re ready to face whatever needs to be dealt with, go back.

Read, watch, or listen to something. It sometimes helps to do something that is so far from your current, overwhelming task just so you can get your bearings back. Read a few chapters from a non-school or non-work book. Watch a few minutes of your current favorite show. Listen to soothing (or rocking!) music. The idea is to get your mind off things, if only for a while.

Sleep. Yes, sometimes, you just need to fully rest.

This is an excerpt from the book entitled Dawns: A Weekly Devotional for Self-Care and Spiritual Growth, co-authored by Isa Garcia, Janina Marie Rivera, and Ida Torres. It is available at OMF Lit Bookshop and other leading bookstores nationwide and can also be ordered online through OMF Literature.

Garmin ® solar-powered smartwatches launched

Proprietary technology powers up the world’s first solar-powered multisport GPS smartwatch series

Building on the success of the debut of its patented solar charging technology in fēnix 6X Pro Solar, Garmin recently launched the extension of this technology into two of its flagship outdoor smartwatch series–Instinct and fēnix Solar.

Unlike other solar-powered watches that convert the solar energy into electrical energy for single function such as time, Garmin’s solar charging technology is the only watch that can convert electrical energy to support various sports activity modes and health monitoring features like heart rate, GPS, various sensors, and data calculation.

Solar Instinct / photo by TrendSpotting

This solar charging technology not only brings about an overall improved power performance, but also reduces carbon emissions by 59% compared with other smartwatches due to its reduced power charging frequency. With the enhanced battery life, added sports activities, and comprehensive health data monitoring, Garmin hopes to motivate users to continue their outdoor adventures and enjoy their activities for longer periods of time without having to worry that this activity not recorded when battery runs out.

To know more about the Instinct Solar and fēnix 6 Solar series, visit Kinetic site or They are also available at Lazada, Shopee, Garmin stores, and authorized retailers.

About Garmin International, Inc. Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN). Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. Garmin, fēnix, QuickFit and Instinct are registered trademarks. Garmin Pay and Power Glass are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.

All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

Notice on Forward-Looking Statements:

This release includes forward-looking statements regarding Garmin Ltd. and its business. Such statements are based on management’s current expectations.  The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this release may not occur and actual results could differ materially as a result of known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties affecting Garmin, including, but not limited to, the risk factors listed in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 28, 2019, filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 0-31983).  A copy of such Form 10-K is available here .  No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed.  Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and Garmin undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

PRURide PH 2020 Postponed Due to Public Health Safety Concerns

Pru Life UK is postponing the upcoming edition of PRURide PH 2020 originally scheduled on March 11-15 at Mimosa Drive, Clark, Pampanga.

This is to ensure the health and safety of PRURide participants and athletes, and the public–which is a top priority of the organizers.

An update of the new schedule will be announced later this year.

AmCham Foundation ScholaRUN’s Eat & Run (9th : 1 March 2020 : Pasay City)

More runners eyed to join as AmCham Foundation brings its 9th ScholaRUN’s Eat & Run

Around 6,000 runners are expected to join ScholaRUN Eat & Run of the American Chamber (AmCham) Foundation Philippines happening on March 1 at the SM By the Bay, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City.

AmCham Foundation has been embarking this charity fun run for nine consecutive years with its main advocacy on education. The Foundation also feels a debt of gratitude to its member companies and the general public for their unwavering support to help educate the underprivileged yet deserving Filipino youth.

The ScholaRUN Eat & Run offers the following race categories and corresponding race fees: 200-meter dash (P 500), 3 KM (P 650), 5 KM (P 700), 10 KM (P 750), and 21 KM (P 1,100). Each race kit includes a race shirt, race bib, loot bag, and medal.

Like the previous year’s ScholaRUN Eat and Run, runners will be treated to several American food staples such as doughnuts, pizza, and burgers served along the running course. The fun run event includes a 21-KM distance category allowing more participants to run a longer distance.

AmCham member companies can now send their registration forms to secure race kits. Meanwhile, onsite registration has opened on January 6 at select Chris Sports outlets at SM Mall of Asia, SM North EDSA, Glorietta, SM Megamall, and Market! Market! You can also register online at Goorahna .

For inquiries and more information, please contact Candy Angeles-Gabriel at 8867-2426 or email at The AmCham ScholaRUN Eat and Run is co-presented by Caltex and Emerson. 

Nike Launches the Nike React Infinity Run

The React Infinity Run Keeps You Running

Nike React Infinity Run

Imagine a world where every runner gets faster. Pretty exciting, but also a hearty challenge given the presumed hurdle of injury. But are injuries actually inevitable? The question spurred Nike to focus its efforts on reducing runner injury; hence, its newest running shoe, the Nike React Infinity Run is a step toward that objective.

When Nike debuted the Zoom Vaporfly 4% in 2017, racers cheered; the shoe was built for notching PRs and breaking limits—privileging running economy. In the same year, Nike React, a proprietary foam offering game-changing cushioning and energy return debuted. In running, the technology answered for a near impossible desire: a feel that was soft, resilient, lightweight, and durable.

The Nike React Infinity Run or Infinity encompasses the best qualities of these two technologies for a breakthrough shoe that offers a more democratic solution to stability and motion-control designs. It provides a soft, responsive platform, and delivers it with a widened midsole similar to the geometry of the 4%. Likewise, it has a rocker-like bottom that yields a more fluid transition from foot strike to toe off.

Nike React Infinity Run is exclusively available to Nike Members January 23rd at Nike Park Mall of Asia

The Infinity’s rocker-geometry encourages a slight lean forward, moving a runner’s foot strike from heel to midfoot, or even forefoot. This creates a natural forward-feel propulsion. The wider platform and the supportive foam that accompanies it provide a reassuring feel. The shoe guides the foot in a smooth, straight line and reduces side-to-side wobbling and movement.

This shoe matches best to base-run days even those middle-mileage, moderate efforts. In fact, an external study by the British Columbia Sports Medicine Research Foundation on 226 runners using the Infinity and traditional motion control shoe Nike Structure 22 showed that runners wearing the Infinity had a 52% lower injury rate confirming that they felt less pain in their knees and feet than those who used the motion control shoe.


Just as mixing up movements and intensity in training will build a fitter, more complete athlete, doing a variety of types of running workouts will increase speed, strength, and endurance, while also helping to prevent the kind of overuse injuries all too common to runners. The sport’s most successful champions—we’re looking at Eliud—are known to incorporate a range of running workouts (and corresponding types of running shoes) to stay their fittest and healthiest. Below, a glossary of some of the most common variables and how to incorporate them in your training.


As the name suggests, these workouts are a runner’s highest mileage and usually slowest speed, and are meant to build muscle endurance alongside mental fortitude.

Frequency: Typically once a week


Mid-range in mileage and performed at a comfortable pace, these bread-and-butter efforts are the bulk of a runner’s mileage.

Frequency: Two or three times a week


Alternating high-intensity sprinting with a period of recovery, these short bursts build speed and stamina. Intervals are commonly performed on a track to dial in precise distances, while fartleks are often spliced into base runs.

Frequency: Once or twice a week


These mid-distance, faster sessions push a runner to a challenging speed— think 85% of maximum effort—to help build the strength and endurance to run fast for longer periods of time.

Frequency: Once or twice a week


Typically performed after a muscle-depleting race, time trial or hard workout. These runs are short in distance, easy in intensity, and meant to give the body the opportunity to bounce back while continuing to log miles.

Frequency: As needed

Seasoned runners know that for optimum performance and injury prevention it is crucial to vary the types of runs they do. (Please See Why Variable Training Matters) The same goes for the shoes one wears. Nike’s suite of running shoes caters to the variety of workouts that help deliver peak results.

The Nike React Infinity Run will be exclusively available on January 23 for Nike Members at Nike Park Mall of Asia opening. Its retail launch is set on January 30. Visit Nike React Infinity Run for more details.

About NIKE, Inc.

NIKE, Inc., based near Beaverton, Ore., is the world’s leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Wholly-owned NIKE, Inc. subsidiary brands include Converse, which designs, markets and distributes athletic lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories; and Hurley, which designs, markets and distributes surf and youth lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories. For more information, Nike’s earnings releases and other financial information are available at Investors Nike Individuals can also visit News Nike and follow @Nike.

La Filipina Gives Hope to Filipino Athletes with its First Power Up Run

From the maker of the only corned pork in the Philippines, La Filipina, brings its first-ever fun run titled Power Up Run on 23 February 2020 at Fort Santiago in Intramuros, Manila. 

The Power Up Run offers various distances from 1.5 KM (P 500), 3 KM (P 550), 5 KM (P 650) to 10 KM (P760).  Corporate promo such as 10 + 1 and student discounts are also available. All runners will get a singlet, race bib, finisher’s medal, and La Filipina loot bag.

Coming from the brand’s tagline Power Up with La Filipina,Power Up Run encourages everyone to start their day right by eating protein-rich breakfast like La Filipina’s Corned Pork or Luncheon Meat. These meals bring power to performance whether doing a sport or any regular activity.

True to its name, the local brand of luncheon meat and pasta products will take you to the historical landmarks of Fort Santiago and Intramuros not only to make it more interesting to runners but also a unique way of promoting the country’s history and culture. This fun run is in partnership with the Department of Tourism and Intramuros Administration.

Apart from promoting tourism, history, health, and fitness, the fun run’s goal is to help aspiring Filipino athletes and teams to represent the country but could not do so due to insufficient financial support; hence, the proceeds from this project will aid selected athletes to continue training in their chosen sport. 

At present, La Filipina is supporting teams in various sports such as volleyball, basketball, sepak takraw, and dragon boat including young athletes from public schools of Manila, Valenzuela, and Quezon City.

Visit La Filipina’s official Facebook page to register. You may also drop by at their official on-site registration partner Chris Sports at select branches at Robinsons Place Ermita, SM Manila, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM North-Annex, and Market! Market!

For more information and updates, please contact Ms. Nikka Ramos of Aldenver Marketing at 0927-848-4533 or 0998-956-5231 or visit their official Facebook page. You can send your queries thru e-mail at Register NOW!

PRURide Philippines 2020 Kicks Off in March

PRURide PH 2020 will get going on March 11 to 15 in Clark, Pampanga. More than 2,500 cyclists are expected to join, which includes 18 local and international professional teams who will be racing in the 2.2 Stage Races accredited by the Union Cycliste Internationale; meanwhile, amateur cyclists and biking enthusiasts are expected to pedal in other races such as the Criterium, Gran Fondo, Virtual Ride, Fun Cycle, and Striders Cup for kids.

Last year’s edition of PRURide PH clinched the Bronze Award for Best Sponsorship of Sport, Team, Athlete, Venue or Event in the Philippines at the 5th Sports Industry Awards Asia (SPIA). This recognition honors and celebrates those who have significantly contributed in the development of sports in the region.

All registered participants will receive a PRURide PH 2020 race kit, while finishers will be given a finisher’s medal. Over 2M pesos worth of cash prizes will be given away.

(L-R) SPIA Asia Representative Jeffrey Ballares, Pru Life UK President and Chief Executive Officer Antonio De Rosas, Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Marketing Officer Allan Tumbag, and Merchandising and Branch Compliance Officer Elmer Centeno

For more information and to register, please visit PruRidePH website. Early bird discounts and limited edition freebies are offered to participants who will register on January 15.

About Pru Life UK

Established in 1996, Pru Life UK is the pioneer of insuravest, or investment-linked life insurance products, in the Philippines and is one of the first life insurance companies approved to distribute US dollar-denominated investment-linked life insurance policies in the country. Since its establishment, Pru Life UK has expanded its reach to over 170 branches in the Philippines, with the biggest life agency force of more than 34,000 licensed agents. The company is also one of the country’s top three life insurers based on the Insurance Commission’s 2018 rankings in terms of new business annual premium income. Pru Life UK is headquartered in Uptown Bonifacio, Taguig City.

Pru Life UK and Prudential plc are not affiliated with Prudential Financial, Inc. of the United States, Prudential Assurance Company (a subsidiary of M&G plc, a company incorporated in the United Kingdom), Philippine Prudential Life Insurance Company, Prudentialife Plans, Inc. or Prudential Guarantee and Assurance, Inc. (all Philippine-registered companies). Pru Life UK is a life insurance company and is not engaged in the business of selling pre-need plans.

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Philippine Merchant Marine Academy (PMMA) Bicentennial Fun Run 2020

In support of the upcoming PMMA Bicentennial Alumni Homecoming, a fun run event dubbed as PMMA Bicentennial Fun Run 2020 will be held on 25 Jan. 2020 at the Quirino Grand Stand at 5:00 AM. The event is led by PMMA Sandagat Class 1995. More details about the running event in the poster below.

Race Categories, Registration Fees, and Race Kit Inclusions

You may now settle your registration payments through bank deposit at PMMA’s BPI Savings Account # 2859-2518-73 (Account Name: Jose Fred Bracamonte). After paying, just send a copy of your deposit slip via e-mail at, or to Facebook (FB) Account: Bicentennial Fun Run FB Page.

Race registration form can be downloaded from here for you to fill out and send online.

If you have further questions, please get in touch with Ms. Xaxa via FB messenger (Grexa Xaxa with IRONMAN photo) and by accessing either their PMMA Bicentennial Fun Run FB Page or Bicentennial Funrun FB account.

This event is brought you by Pocari Sweat, Garmin, Pascual Consumer Healthcare, and Maynilad Water.

Gran Fondo New York (GFNY) Philippines to host GFNY Asian Championship

The second edition of GFNY Philippines is set to be a contested race among Asia’s elite and international riders to see who will be crowned GFNY Asia Champion

The world’s largest Cycling Marathon Brand GFNY features a total of 18 GFNY World races in the 2019-2020 calendar seasons. They include the GFNY World Championship in NYC and five regional championships in Asia, Europe, North America, South America and the Middle East – Africa. 

GFNY World 2019/20 calendar

August 4 GFNY Brasil

September 8 GFNY Europe Championship Portugal

September 22 GFNY Philippines

October 12 GFNY Ecuador

October 20 GFNY Panama

November 3 GFNY Argentina

November 10 GFNY Cozumel-Mexico 

November 24 GFNY Chile 

23 Feb. 2020 GFNY Bali

8 Mar. 2020 GFNY Monterrey

15 Mar. 2020 GFNY South American Championship Uruguay

22 Mar. 2020 GFNY Colombia

29 Mar. 2020 GFNY Italia

29 Mar. 2020 GFNY Republica Dominicana

24 Apr. 2020 GFNY Middle East–Africa Championship Jerusalem

17 May 2020 GFNY World Championship NYC

7 June 2020 GFNY Santa Fe

Opus Land Cyclists 📷 by Patrick Joson

This is the first time GFNY Philippines to host the Asian Championship happening in Iloilo on September 22. With the support of Megaworld, Opus Land, LA Course Velo, Trygon among others, the event is set to offer a world-class experience to nearly 1000 cyclists from across the Philippines and 15 nations. The competitive long-distance course covers 133 KM and 650 m climbing. The non-competitive middle-distance course covers 64 KM with 220 m climbing. Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo and the Richmonde Hotel Iloilo are the official host hotels. The prerace expo and registration will be held in the atrium of the Festive Walk Mall.

REGISTER NOW at GFNYph before the price increase on August 15!

At GFNY Philippines, riders can expect: 

  • closed roads or police moderated traffic with right of way at all intersections 
  • the chance to do their best on a challenging course without having to worry about anything, but riding 
  • chip timing, results, and rankings based on the full start-to-finish course 
  • the chance to start in the Qualifier Corral at all GFNY World races
  • competition prizes across all age groups for podium winners 
  • uniform set of rules 
  • great cycling experience 
  • an event organized by fellow cyclists who love bikes and GFNY 

The overall male and female winners in the competitive long distance will be awarded flight, hotel, and entry to the GFNY NYC World Championship next 17 May 2020.

20% of finishers in each age group in the long route will be earning a coveted start seeding in the GFNY Qualifier Corral for 380 days, including at the 2020 Campagnolo GFNY World Championship in NYC on May 17.

📷 by Patrick Joson

About GFNY

GFNY is the global cycling marathon brand with events held in NYC, Argentina, Bali-Indonesia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Italy, Jerusalem-Israel, Indonesia, Cozumel-Mexico, Monterrey-Mexico, Panama, Philippines, Portugal, República Dominicana, Santa Fe-USA and Uruguay.

Riders get to Be a Pro for Day ® by competing against others, themselves, and the clock in a personal endurance challenge.

At all GFNY events, riders have the chance to qualify for the elite racer corral at the GFNY World Championship in NYC by placing in the top 10% (20% at regional championships) of their age group.

Campagnolo GFNY World Championship NYC

The 10th annual Campagnolo GFNY World Championship New York will be held on May 17, 2020. The race features the world’s most international peloton with riders from over 90 countries. Athletes take on a challenging 100-mile route from NYC to Bear Mountain to Fort Lee to compete against each other, the clock, and themselves in a personal endurance challenge.

The official GFNY website is:

Another adidas Boost Innovation for Urban Runners: the Pulseboost HD

adidas Pulseboost HD
  • Pulseboost HD delivers more stability
  • Pulseboost HD offers the first iconic midsole technology called Boost HD
  • adidas collaborates with urban runners from New York, Paris, and Berlin to opensource the creation of Pulseboost HD

Introducing the Boost HD, a new innovation in boost technology. adidas engineers Boost HD with the same unrivaled energy return and comfort. It’s a new expression of the best.

Sitting lower to the ground, Pulseboost HD is ready for the unexpected. A sudden stop, juke, or quick change in direction on a busy city street is not a problem with a completely new package of performance benefits for runners.

–   Boost HD is engineered for more stability with the same best-in-class comfort and energy return—a new expression of the best.

–   Continental Adaptive Traxion is a new Continental™ Rubber outsole developed by artificial intelligence, giving maximum grip to quickly change direction on any surface, dry or wet.

–   Adapt Knit is a new flexible upper that stretches where you need it.

To highlight the design and collaboration story, the shoe features the GPS coordinates for New York, Paris, and Berlin where runners from each city helped develop Pulseboost HD.

Women’s Pulseboost HD
Men’s Pulseboost HD

In partnership with Spotify, adidas put a QR code on the tongue that links directly to a custom playlist based on where you are in the world, ensuring every runner is ready to move. Scan the code with a mobile device to launch Spotify and unlock an exclusive playlist.

The limited-edition monochrome colorway is now available in stores and at

Sign up for more information at Follow the conversation on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using #Boost and @adidasrunning.