Health And Family

Health and beauty secrets Mom told me

WELL-BEING - Mylene Mendoza-Dayrit - The Philippine Star
Health and beauty secrets Mom told me
Like mother, like daughter: Janeena Chan and mom Sally.

TV personality, host and content creator of “Rise Up!” on Apple podcasts, the stunner Janeena Chan and her equally beautiful mom Sally flooded Instagram with photos of their OOTDs, travels and bonding moments, which clearly showed their tight bond.

In an email interview, we asked Janeena and Sally how they both influence each other to look good inside and out.

The Philippine STAR: What healthy habits did you get from each other?

Janeena Chan: She taught me the value of hard work, of having a good work ethic, being professional, and to treat everyone with respect. Of course, one should always look presentable.

Sally Chan: Stressing less and having more faith that things will turn out all right. Janeena is such a positive ray of sunshine and always sees the good in everything. And especially in these times, it’s been really helpful. She also always reminds me to be grateful about the little things. She has a strong spirit, yet a childlike heart that’s both comforting and empowering. She’s the pep-talker and cheerleader of the family, and always reminds us of our worth. So I guess to put it simply,  it’s the habit of positive self-talk, and veer- ing away from limiting beliefs. She may be too idealistic and trusting at times but that’s what we’re here for, to protect and guide her as well.

Please share some of the beauty tips you learned from each other.

Janeena: As a cancer survivor, my mom had to have a complete lifestyle change. Since then, she’s influenced my sister and I to eat healthy and be conscious of the food we take. We still give in to guilty pleasures once in a while so we don’t feel deprived.

Choosing to eat clean and wholesome foods, and getting our optimum sleep hours as much as possible have been beneficial not only with the way we look, but also the way we feel.

Another not-so-secret beauty secret that she’s passed on is to never leave the house looking shabby. I didn’t understand her at first, but I now I totally get it. A well-groomed person not only commands respect, but is also a sign of respect towards others.

Sally:  It’s fun to live with her since she shares the many makeup and skincare brands she gets. And she’s been sharing new makeup trends and tips to me as well, like how highlighters can re- ally enhance your features and makeup look. She also urges me to always wear my SPF, anti-aging creams, and even col- lagen- boosting drinks. Another beauty secret is laughing more, since she’s also the joker of the family!

How did the pandemic positively change your lifestyle?

Janeena: I’ve come to appreciate the beauty in the stillness and slowness of life, and in the not-so-little little things we tend to easily take for granted. Being home more allows me to be more conscious with how I spend my time, too. I both have the freedom and responsibility to take charge of my days and use it wisely. It was tough at the start since it was quite a drastic change from the always on-the-go lifestyle I was used to, but now that I’ve gotten used to my WFH setup, I’m so amused and amazed by how things can actually work if you’re willing to adjust and grow.

Opportunities arise even in a crisis, we just have to be patient and humble enough to unlearn some things, so we can be open to more growth. One example is how my podcast, “Rise Up with Janeena Chan,” came to be last year. It was an unexpected blessing, and we continue to provide uplifting episodes on a weekly basis via Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

Sally: I’m actually an introvert and a homebody, so working and staying at home is no problem for me. By God’s grace, we’ve been blessed by being able to have a more balanced lifestyle of work, play, and rest. The stress and time spent traveling through gruesome traffic has been replaced by setting up our home studio for virtual events and podcast recordings, giving us more time to actually live our lives, not stuck on some road in a car, which was usually the case before with taping and shoot life. The hustle and bustle, and constant chasing of the next thing is something we’ve grown accustomed to, and was dubbed as “normal” before. But maybe it became too fast that we’ve forgotten to appreciate the treasures right in front of us. Now we have more time to actually breathe, appreciate the sunshine in our garden, enjoy unhurried cups of warm coffee in the morning, and the smell of brunch being cooked. Those are life’s real luxuries, and a lifestyle that was so alien to us before the pandemic. Moving forward, it’s all about balance and choosing our priorities wisely. Health and family will always come first!

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