I read your story that you shared with The Purple Diary Project in which you stated that you had gotten bullied in the past. How has that experience affected you throughout your life?
The main thing that affects you is in the relationship with you, you begin to doubt yourself, you do
not trust yourself, you sabotage yourself, you feel that you do not deserve anything, and the
negative feeling is very strong. But I think they are opportunities to also get the best of you.
After a long time, I realized that people who bully you are because they know your potential, and
they are afraid or envious of you. And I firmly believe that you cannot judge a book by the cover,
people know you for 20 minutes and they think they know everything about you, and that’s when
you have to put control back in its place, that is, in you.
What do you think are the most beautiful things in the world? Furthermore, what inspires you the most?
The most beautiful things for me are the simplest.
I am alive, I breathe, I have my body, I think.
I have a family that I know loves me, I have friends, I have a job, projects, etc.
And I have a mother and a grandfather who, although they are not with me physically, will always
be the ones who inspire me to be better every day, to fight for what I want, to be brave.
And that is the most beautiful thing in my life.
What self-care practices would you recommend to deal with one’s mental health?
Personally, I practice yoga, mindfulness, and meditate for 15 minutes upon awakening and before
going to sleep, I also read at least 45 minutes a day, listen to music, go to therapy, exercise, dance,
breathe. And it helps me a lot. 🙂
I see that you’re part of Resiliente Magazine. Could you tell us a little about that?
Being a writer is a great job, because you have the power to leave something in the people who
read you. Resiliente Magazine is very important in my life, I try to write about issues of self-help,
self-esteem, mental health, etc. But this year, I decided to give it a twist and do a challenge called
356 Díaz to learn more, which are topics of general culture, in order to promote reading and the
love of learning.
Do you have any favorite mental health advocates? If so, who are they and how have they motivated you?
My psychotherapist, Lizy Ballesteros, she is the one that motivates me to connect more with
myself, she is incredible. I also follow many pages on yoga, mindfulness, and ayurveda. but my
favorite is 100% Lizy Ballesteros. You have the confidence that she will always be there for you
Do you have a favorite quote? If so, what is it and what does it mean to you?
“Don’t run from who you are” – C.S. Lewis
Lewis is one of my favorite writers, and this phrase says everything, only you are you, there is no
one in this world who is the same as you, then because we run away and we do not love and respect
us. Our defects and virtues are what make us unique, exceptional, and extraordinary, only we have
the power of our life.
How have your priorities changed over time?
As I get older, my priorities have to do with what makes me happy. If I write, I am part of NGOs, it is because it makes me happy. I can also say that my priority previously was to fit in, to be part of a group, and I changed in order
to achieve it, today I prefer to be alone than in bad company, and I no longer worry about what they
will say. because I know my worth.
How has the pandemic affected you mentally?
The pandemic, personally, was a brake, now I realize that I lived in a hurry, that I lived with stress,
and I always kept to schedules. Thanks to the pandemic, I realized this, and it allowed me to
reconnect with myself, live in the moment, and stop worrying about what will happen tomorrow.
What does mental health mean to YOU?
Mental health is the most important thing a person can have. Being in optimal conditions, nothing
can stop you. That is why you have to take care of it and defend it so much, the mind is so powerful
that what you tell it it believes it, and mental health is what is going to rule your life. If you live in
fear, insecurity, low self-esteem, you are going to fall. but if you live optimistic, happy and resilient,
nothing will throw you away.
Is there anything else you would like Revive’s audience to know?
Despite the trials that life puts on you, it is up to you to let everything affect you, but you should
always know that in the end the sun will always shine. and as long as you are locked up and you
don’t know how to get out. ask for help.