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Wellbeing biography: Diana Banzon

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Hello Marquette employees! My name is Diana Banzon and I am a sophomore studying Public Relations and Marketing. I was originally born in the Philippines, but moved to Rochester, Minnesota at the age of 2, which is where I currently call home. Words can’t express my excitement for joining a team that promotes overall health and wellness. I am whole-heartedly honored to be representing an organization that holds strong beliefs toward achieving the hope to inspire others in a life long journey to living the best life they possibly can. It is a mindset that is applicable to anyone, sometimes you just need a little motivation to get on the right track.

The importance of health played a significant role in my community growing up back at home, due to living in the same city where the world-renowned hospital of the Mayo Clinic’s original headquarters resides. It was convenient during times when I needed medical attention, which unfortunately, was often when I was younger. One day, I was shopping at my city’s local mall when I decided to throw my hair up in a ponytail. My brother immediately pointed out that I had a significant bald patch that extended from my left side wrapping its way around to the back of my head. When I finally had access to a mirror, I was in immediate tears. I had never felt so ugly in my life, knowing that my current state of health was reflecting the way I looked on the outside. Immediately, my mom scheduled a visit to the doctor, where she eventually came to the conclusion that I was suffering with a condition called Alopecia, which is when your immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles, resulting in hair loss.

Hearing the validation through the diagnosis of the condition made it feel very real. She eluded that the cause was still considered to be uncertain, but has been clinically linked to stress. I connected the potential cause to some bullying that I was experiencing at school during my early years as a child. It made finding myself beautiful, when I had no self- confidence or self-love to begin with, near impossible, especially with finding out about my current state of health that affected my physical appearance.

I knew that there needed to be change. I discovered a more untraditional approach to the idea of wellness, that many seem to disregard, or simply just find it to be superficial. It went back to how I viewed myself. I started to style my hair and really made an effort to make myself feel beautiful through the process of putting myself together every morning before school. Most importantly, I made an effort to no longer let the disease define me. That was when I finally started seeing results. It genuinely translated through my newfound self-confidence, and the way I dealt with the bullying to have it never let it get to me again. My hair eventually all grew back and I beat my Alopecia.

It just goes to show that everyone’s journey to a state of health and well-being differs because there are so many components that contribute to it, aside from solely just exercise and diet. I am by no means a full expert when it comes to health. I am a normal college student who goes through those unhealthy, late night cravings and disregards sleep when it comes to procrastination to eagerly get my homework done. Despite this, you are never too late to recover by setting aside priorities that provoke stress, and focus on yourself and what makes you happy. Taking the first step to do so, has the potential to inspire self-assurance that can open the doors to greater success. Personally, getting myself all dolled up for the day and picking out an outfit that gives me confidence translates well into my overall happiness and performance in everything I do. What’s yours?

My wellness journey has only begun. Join me in continuing to find new ways to maintain and inspire others throughout this process to overall health and well-being. It doesn’t have to be done alone because we are striving for the same goal and we all in this together as a team!

Diana Banzon

Purging of the poisonous people

Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 2.43.16 PMLife is filled with handfuls of wonderful people. But it also cannot be ignored that there are plenty of Debby-Downers in day-to-day life. Sometimes people are just chronically negative, having a bad day or taking out a personal problem on you. Needless to say, this can ruin a work day, or any day really. We all probably have in mind that one person who constantly picks on our work or can barely spare a compliment when you do happen to do a good job. Usually, I try to ignore the negativity, but it can build up into a pessimistic mountain at times. So recently I’ve taken on the task of separating myself from the people who have just proven to be toxic in my life.

No, I’m not saying rid yourself from every single person who has hurt your feelings ever. You would be one lonely loner, that’s for sure. In life, we all have to remember that we are just human. We cannot be perfect and we cannot expect others to be perfect either. But we also cannot ignore self-care by letting Negative-Nancys take advantage of us. And we can’t let Meany-Mike strip us of our self-esteem on a regular basis. What I mean to say is that if there are people in your life that you are constantly putting yourself out for, relying on or covering for and they just keep using you like that, move on.

Ah, those scary words. Move on. Certainly not an easy thing to do and certainly not one of my favorite things to do either. I always find myself worrying about things like, “Oh, what if they change and see how much I do for them?” or “Maybe they just need a positive influence in their lives like me.” Forget it, man. Letting someone who does not have his or her own self-esteem worked out steel-roll you for all of your I-love-myself points is not fair to you! I fell into this trap of trying to be the bigger person by staying close friends with some people who were quite rude to me on a regular basis and would constantly use me for whatever I had to offer at the time. Not a fun gig. Not a real friendship.

And I know, you might be thinking that God says we should love our enemies. This is true. But He never said let them take advantage of you and toss you around for whatever they want or need. We can go out of our way, as Christians (and frankly as decent human beings) and help our neighbors, whether we like them or not. We should also, though, stand up for ourselves and the precious person that we were created as.

So if there are bullies getting you down, just step away. It is way more possible than you think. I’ve done it, my mother has done it with her friends and my dad has done it with his job. They seem much happier to me. And I can assure you that I’ve never felt better or stronger myself. Like I said, there are tons of fantastic people in the world. Go out there and surround yourself with great influences, others who lift each other up and friends who will always have your back. You deserve it. No one needs the little guys picking on you, and soon enough, they too will realize it themselves.

Being your own Valentine

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Valentine’s Day is around the corner and we’re all scrambling to get our loved ones mementos to show them our love. One thing that we should not forget this season of love, though, is to show some love to the most important person in our lives – ourselves!

Self-love is one of the most challenging goals to reach but with small steps, its totally achievable. And what better time to take care of yourself than Valentine’s Day, the day of love? Here’s some quick ways to reinforce the self-love this week.

Accept your flaws. – Everyday each of us messes up. That’s alright, we are only human. Go ahead and give yourself some love by being forgiving of yourself when you mess up. Instead of taking a negative position on the matter, encourage yourself to do better next time.

Take a bath. – Or an extra long shower or just sit in the sauna at the gym. You deserve to relax, especially after all the hard work you put in at work and at home every day. Taking the time to pamper yourself can really improve your mood and view of yourself.

Chocolate (in moderation). – Not just chocolate, but any kind of small savory treat is alright every once in a while. As long as it is in moderation, treating yourself is always a great way to reward yourself for being exactly the way you are.

Spend quality time with your loved ones. – Surrounding yourself with positive people and people you care about a lot is a great way to build up your own self-respect and self-worth. Hanging out with your family or other loved ones not only allows you to positively influence their lives, but they can positively influence yours too.

Dress up. – Dressing for success is a real thing. When you take the time to wear your favorite shirt with a pair of shoes you like or do your hair the way you think is best, it helps build your self-confidence. Feeling like you look good on a daily basis can help you keep you chin up and ultimately boost your self-esteem.


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