We cannot deny that social media plays a huge role in our lives more so during this pandemic. In the absence of face-to-face interaction, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter provide safe and convenient ways for us to connect with family, friends and even work colleagues. Social media updates us on the events in each other’s lives without having to initiate contact and ask “How are you?” Such information is freely shared and available through a mere tap of a finger.

But too much of a good thing may lead to problems. Though virtual interaction may be beneficial to our mental health during the pandemic, mindless scrolling of social media feeds can lead to sadness, loneliness and even exhaustion. Because mobility and activities are currently limited, such emotions may push us to simply pick up the smartphone and indulge in another round of scrolling. To better care for our mental health, we need to break this cycle.


What is social media detoxification? 

According to Itin Lachica-Umali, a Psychology professor at the Colegio De San Lorenzo, social media detox is a component of digital media detox. This involves refraining from or minimizing the use of television, and other “technology vices” in favor of face-to-face connection.

Though social media is convenient, the constant distraction it offers may keep us from processing our own experiences. Because the pandemic is unforeseen, Psychologist Roselle Teodosio, owner of IntegraVita Wellness Center, believes that we must be allowed to grieve. “There is an added pressure, most especially from social media, to make the most out of the situation, kind of like making lemonade out of lemons.  This can make people more frustrated with themselves, when they can’t seem to find their own “niche.” Also, people are afraid to show their fear, lest they be labeled as negative or a pessimist.  But it is actually okay to feel not okay, to admit that one feels fear, that one is afraid, that one cannot function well since there is really an uncertainty during this time.  It is also very natural to grieve. Grief would mean an end to something, not just death of a person.  It is an end to a friendship, an end to a relationship, an end to a dream and most of all, an end to a lifestyle, a life one had known.”   

Umali agrees that social media may push you to compare yourself with others. “This is the root of unhappiness,” she says. “We need to detoxify from social media so we can pause and process things in our own time.”   



When do you need a social media detox?

If you experience any of the of the following, you may need to take a break from your computer or phone:


Here are some steps for social media detox:


When you do a social media detox, you may observe these benefits:


According to Umali, the responsible use of social media begins with thinking before clicking. Carefully think about your comment before posting it. Will it harm other people? What does it say about you as a person? Whatever you put on social media reflects your values and beliefs. Be a responsible user—and this includes limiting your time on social media in order to be healthier.

With the Hot and Dry season just around the corner, it’s important to remember that in hot and humid conditions, we tend to get dehydrated. Though constant hydration is needed, its source still needs to be healthy.

Aside from water, natural fruit juices that are rich in vitamins and fiber can also be a healthy way to quench your thirst. But instead of buying them in juice stands, you can make your own. This way, you can hold off the sugar!

Mint Lemonade

From detoxification and boosting the immune system to skin care, lemons have been recognized for their endless health benefits. On the other hand, mint serves as a natural breath freshener while relieving indigestion. This healthy drink is super easy to prepare so you can go from thirsty to satisfied in just minutes.

Combine 2 sliced lemons and 1 cup of fresh mint leaves with 4 cups of cold water. Let it chill for about 1 hour to absorb the flavors.

Ginger Fizz

This is a popular South Indian drink perfect for those hot summer days. Ginger is well known for assisting the digestive system and its anti-inflammatory properties. Dayap, rich in Vitamin C, is an immunity booster.

Combine ginger with dayap in a jar. Seal with lid and place in sunshine for 2 days. Boil for five minutes. Cool and strain. Place 1 Tbsp. ginger juice in glass add the juice from one lemon then, sweeten with honey. Top with ice cubes!

Pandan Iced Tea

The use of the pandan leaf isn’t limited to cooking; it also has medicinal benefits such as healing wounds and relieving cough. Its fragrant aroma is perfect for a refreshing drink!

In 8 cups of water, add 5 pieces of pandan leaves. Boil for 3-5 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons of sugar or honey. Leave it to cool, then serve in a glass with ice!

Cucumber Orange Water

Cucumber is a cooling agent that hydrates the skin, increases metabolism, and provides our body with vitamins and nutrients. Citrus fruits are also good for the skin and the liver!

Combine 3 sliced oranges and sliced cucumbers with 6 cups of cold water. Let it chill for about 1 hour to absorb the flavors.

There are plenty of reasons to stay hydrated. Flavoring water with fresh fruit slices and herbs is an easy and healthy way to beat tag-init!


For those watching their food intake, the holiday season may also be called “cheat season” because during this time, diets are thrown out the window as we eat to our hearts’ content. To help you kickstart the new year with the right frame of mind (and body), we interviewed Nutritionist and Executive Chef Ma. Lourdes Cruz-Caudal.

To jumpstart our post-holiday detox, what should we eat?
Instead of 3 servings of meat, Chef Lourdes advises to go for vegetables, nuts, fruits and legumes. Add fish, chicken (avoid the chicken skin), and all-natural fruit juices to the menu. Chef Lourdes also suggests limiting portions, even with fruits and vegetables, to 5-6 servings per day. Space these servings throughout the day–2 each for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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What should we avoid? Chicken skin, chicken liver, crabs, shrimp and squid are some of the food you need to avoid during the detox phase due to their high cholesterol levels.

How long will detox take? 1-2 weeks should be enough, but if you’re aiming for optimum health throughout your lifetime, you should make this a regular habit. Avoid fatty and cholesterol-rich foods, control your portions, and always make sure that you eat your fruits and veggies everyday.

Remember, detoxifying or dieting is not about starving yourself! It is about choosing the right food and being conscious of your calorie intake.

Here are more detox guidelines:

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