Event Details

The world has been on lockdown for two years since the first spread of the Covid-19 virus. The isolation and separation from family and friends as well as other major stressors have taken a toll on our mental health. In fact, the WHO Special Initiative for Mental Health reported in the early part of 2020 that mental health and substance use disorders affected 13% of the world's population with 3.6 million Filipinos suffering from one kind of mental, neurological, and substance use disorder. According to the World Health Organization, mental health is not just defined by the absence of illness or disease but it is "a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to the community."

The Danish word Hygge is used to describe a feeling of comfort and overall well-being. A balance of work and leisure is held at high regard in Nordic culture. NordCham Philippines invites its valued partners and guests to take a much needed pause, prioritize our well-being, and do a self-check if we are doing okay.

The Hygge Wellness Talk will focus on giving the participants valuable skills and coping mechanisms that they can use in their day to day life amidst the stress experienced brought about by the pandemic.


3:00 - 3:05 PM

Welcome Guests + Introductory Remarks

Pio Arreola

3:05 - 3:35 PM

Presentation: Mental Health and Coping amidst a Pandemic

Mrs. Carmela S. Arreola Ph.D. RGC LPT

Guidance Counselor/Mental Health Consultant

Miriam College/ChildFam Possibilities Psychosocial Services

3:35 - 4:05 PM

Presentation: Meditation for Stress Management and Inner Peace

Ms. JM Rebueno OSB-Obl

Benedictine Oblate with the World Community for Christian Meditation

4:05 - 4:25 PM

Open Forum/Q&A

4:25 - 4:30 PM

Closing Remarks

This event is free to attend.

Zoom log in details will be sent to registered participants via a separate email an hour before the event.

About the Speakers

Carmela S. Arreola Ph.D. RGC LPT

Carmela Sanchez-Arreola graduated from U.P. Diliman with a degree in B.A. Psychology. She took her Masters in Guidance and Counseling from Miriam College where she also recently finished her PhD dissertation in Family Studies entitled, "Human-Animal Bond towards Family Wellness: A Descriptive Phenomenological Study."

She started with Miriam College Grade School as a Reading and Science teacher. Later on she was appointed Grade Level Coordinator and Assistant Principal handling student affairs and services. After doing administrative work, she opted to become a licensed counselor with training in play and solution focused therapies. In the future, she plans to pioneer the use of animals and pets in therapy practice in the Philippines. As of present, she is a mental health consultant in a call center in Antipolo.

Outside work, she enjoys organizing events and giving talks to groups & organizations as well as being active in playing sports and traveling outdoors.

JM Rebueno OSB-Obl

Ph.D. Cand.in Child and Family Studies, Miriam College    

WCCM Program Director and Schools National Coordinator

Trained in WCCM International and Plum Village HK and Bangkok

Facilitator and Modules Developer for Retreats and Values Formation Workshops

Former VP for Marketing and Corporate Planning for Photokina Marketing Corp., Energy Food and Drinks, Inc., and PMC International Food Corp.

She shares the practice of Christian Meditation & Christian Mindfulness.



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