October 10 is known as World Mental Health Day, and Yassi Pressman recently took to Instagram to share a post about taking care of her mental health—likening it to getting past her struggles during her first surfing lessons in Siargao.
She posted a GIF of her on a surfboard...and falling off it. According to Yassi, going to the best surfing spots, paddling to the waves, and going against the current to get to the starting point was difficult for her because she wasn't "used to using so much of my upper body." There was also a lot of "suspense and build-up" while waiting for the waves.
Yassi says it was challenging to get up on her board and try to balance on it, and that there were many moments when she would fall off. Whenever this happened, she would get frustrated and try not to panic. Yassi would remind herself that she could always go back and try again.
"I kept telling myself 'ugh. So much work...palpak naman...
sayang...but it's okay, it's okay Yass, just breathe...
paddle out of the chaos.
Take a couple of breaths in a spot where the waves are calmer,
and when you are ready....
Start paddling back...
Get back to the beginning,
No matter how well you do,
Take the risk,
Magawa mo man in the beginning o hindi,
Don't give up,
Kaya mo yan,
Yassi says she is sharing this story in hopes that it will encourage others to not give up and to keep believing in themselves! "Take care of yourself, your mental health, your peace. Find people and places that make you happy."
Thank you for this, Yassi! Read her full post below:
ICYDK, this isn't the first time Yassi talked about her mental health on social media. In September 2021, Yassi also opened up about how boxing saved her from a dark time in her life when she "quit everything." Part of her inspiring Instagram caption reads: "I salute every strong person out there who is fighting a battle that no one knows about. Keep going."
"It's inevitable that some days or weeks you'll feel overwhelmed by everything that's going on, but know that that's okay...I hope this reminder inspires you to find something to keep your mind and body healthy. Always take care of yourselves [and] check up on your friends."
Yassi Pressman's Siargao trip
While in Siargao, which Yassi says was a spontaneous trip because she needed "some time to get away," she even visited Andi Eigenmann's fam! Yassi posted a photo with Andi along with Andi's bbs Ellie, Lilo, and Koa on IG and joked that they all looked like they were sisters! We TOTALLY see it.
Aside from learning how to surf, Yassi also got to go island hopping to Secret Beach, Naked Island, and Daku Island. She's *obviously* fallen head over heels with Siargao and has called it "another new love."