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Rough 2021? Let this be a sign for you in 2022—it might be time to get a therapist and pay extra attention to your mental health. The pandemic has only exacerbated our shared stress and anxiety, and if it’s getting too much for you, there’s no shame in talking to a professional. 

In the latest episode of the Lonely Hearts podcast, we dive into the complicated state of our pandemic mental health with the help of psychotherapist Luis Villarroel and Mind Nation co-founder and chief marketing officer Cat Triviño. 

This podcast is supposed to be intelligent, productive, and extremely interesting, except the pandemic has ceased to be intelligent, ceased to be productive for a lot of us, and certainly ceased to be interesting,” said host and Esquire's Editor at Large Sarge Lacuesta. 

General anxiety, cabin fever, WFH-induced burnout: The pandemic has taken a toll on our mental health, which this episode explores in detail.

“A lot of people actually, a lot of people actually think that they're working less when, in fact, they are working more. There's no barrier anymore. You don't have to get dressed. You start working almost immediately,” shared  Triviño on burnout at work. 

Despite the potential rise in mental health concerns—or perhaps just the awareness of them—there still remains the stigma of seeking help. 

“A lot of the stigma comes from not being aware [and] not being able to admit to themselves that there's something wrong,” explained Triviño. 

If you find yourself stuck between a rock and a hard place, then don’t hesitate to seek professional help. It’s not an indication that you’re crazy or damaged—just that you’re human seeking validation and explanation like the rest of us. Still, Villarroel warns that therapy isn’t a magical cure—it requires work from your end, too. 

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“It's all about awareness talaga, being aware of what your problem, what the root problem really is. That is one of the biggest challenges that we face as therapists. We have to get the person to understand what their problem is without telling them. We don't tell you, ‘ah, problema mo kasi yung tatay mo ‘“ joked Villarroel. 

“It’s like Inception: if you tell someone an idea, it's not their idea. They have to come to that idea themselves for it to have any value or meaning to them.” 

To learn more about seeking help, dealing with burnout, and surviving the state of our pandemic mental health, check out the latest episode of the Lonely Hearts podcast on SpotifyApple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Consider this episode one long—and free—therapy session. You might just need it.

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