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I read this in Women's Health Philippines May 2009 issue. It helped pull me out of the black hole I was in. I unearthed it awhile ago and I thought that maybe this can be of good use to someone out there who's in a not-so-chirpy state. Here it goes, what I'd like to share to you my readers.

*Resilient Pinays are characterized by their proactive mindset, ability to network for support, healthy sense of self and well-developed spirituality, as well as their realistic and positive perception of life. Life coach May SOriano uses the acronym ACT, which stands for awareness and acceptance of the present reality, choices that they need to make to move forward, and taking action with responsibility.

*Experts agree that a healthy self-esteem is essential to being able to bounce back.A lack of self-esteem is marked by "feeling bankrupt emotionally, or having a sense of loneliness, alienation, or a lack of social support," says clinical psychologist Dr. Randy Dellosa. If you have these signs, reopen channels of communication and support with friends and family, advises Dr. Violeta Bautista, a family therapist.

*Move away from the belief that happiness is an end product. "It's something you have to keep working at," Soriano says. Live in the now, but with clear and realistic future goals to strive for. "Being aware and accepting of your present state allows you to move forward."

*"Enjoy what you do, for as long as you know you're doing the right thing, you will be happy with your work." says Soriano. But it's a good idea to get out of your comfort zone and learn more of what's out there.

*Keeping a journal is recommended, but Dellosa warns against potential downside. Some people get stuck in a negative rut, writing dismal thoughts that play over and over. Focus instead on the positive.

*Don't suppress negative emotions for a long period of time. This can lead to panic attacks, major depression or substance abuse. If you feel that you and your network of family and friends cannot get you out of your rut, do seek professional help.

*Watch what you eat when you are depressed. Research shows that in the US, the recession has led to an unusual spike in candy sales in the late 2008 and early 2009, reflecting a similar trend during the Great Depression in the 1930s.

Blessed night everyone. May your dreams be filled with unicorns pooping butterflies and witches in rainbow cloaks and trees bearing candies instead of fruits and chocolate mushrooms.