Practice self-care: Taking a break from social media

PRACTICING self-care can be done in different ways, one of which is taking a break from social media. Engaging in social media feels like a love-hate relationship. Most of the time it’s a perfect tool for catching up with people, but in some situations it’s a “breeding ground for hate,” to quote the song “Miss You Love” by Silverchair.

It’s this constant cling to social media that inspired Fashion Design and Apparel Technology student Geraldine Tomaquin from Fashion Institute of Design & Arts Cebu to create a styling session bearing the theme “Social Media Detox”—in a fancy way.

“The shoot was about showing people how to disconnect a little from the social life and allowing them to realize that the astounding amount of time could be spent in other ways that would turn into self-care,” shared Tomaquin.

“My point is to let people see the positive benefits of a social media detox. It’s time to take a break. I know it’s going to be tough but detox doesn’t have to be forever,” she said.

The shoot was made for her Fashion Styling class, mentored by fashion designer and stylist Edward James Castro. Castro shared his guiding principles to his students including being grateful for the chance to learn and having access to resources; being open to criticism (constructive or otherwise) and finding one’s own voice.

“Use your voice to uplift and inspire. We never know who’s life we’re affecting just by sharing our gifts,” said Castro.

For those wishing to be stylists, looking to pursue other passions like this or for those looking to have a fun shoot, Tomaquin imparted some advice on styling.

“Be Creative. Challenge yourself every day. Never doubt yourself but always have a backup plan. Be enthusiastic and cultivate a strong belief in your ability to cope with whatever life may bring. And don’t forget to have fun.”


Wardrobe stylist: Geraldine Tomaquin

Mentor: Edward James Castro

Photography: Garel Sison

Model: Princess Paraiso from Origin Model & Artist Management

Makeup Artist: Rolito Cuizon

Hair Stylist: Nino John Solis

Assistants: Janine Cristina Rivera Mendez and Lyanna San Pedro


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