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Managing your mental health: How Nadine Lustre, Alden Richards coped

Managing your mental health: How Nadine Lustre, Alden Richards coped
How did the two deal with mental health challenges during the quarantine?

As ambassadors of a contest where the fittest and most sculpted win, it’s no wonder that Nadine Lustre and Alden Richards are known for their strict diet and fitness routines. The two, however, make it a point to keep their mental health in check too.

During the online press conference of Century Tuna’s Superbods competition on Saturday, July 25, the two said they fortunate to have their families and close friends to spend time with during the coronavirus pandemic.

“I’m really thankful that friends would always check up on me because it’s really hard,” Nadine said. “I live with my assistant, my brother, and my dog. So everyone else is back up in the North, so I can’t really hang out everyone especially during ECQ (enhanced community quarantine), but I’m really thankful because they are always there to check up on me and ask how things are doing.”

The ECQ is the highest level of quarantine in the Philippines, which bars all non-essential outside activities and minimized economic activity to the bare minimum.

Nadine said that she keeps herself busy, and makes it a habit of connecting to people, like making sure to chat with friends after watching a movie. She also made it a habit to write in her journal since, she said, she became very emotional during the ECQ period.

Alden said the quarantine also challenged sanity. 

“It’s not normal for us. This pandemic came in without notice. We only thought of it as a virus from another country. And all of a sudden, it became a pandemic. A lot has changed. You are not allowed to go out, you’re just advised by the government to stay at home. Mahirap siya for me kasi (It was tough for me because) I am a very active person I always go to work 24/7 for the past 5 years,” the GMA 7 actor said.

What kept him sane, Alden said, was spending the new-found free time with family and for himself.

“What I did really during this pandemic was to look at the bright side of it and not look at the things I can’t do anymore as a person that I used to do. With that tool and mindset, I was able to cope up with the new normal. And parang hindi na siya naging mahirap (It didn’t become that hard),” he said.

It was the first 3 weeks of the quarantine, said Alden, that took the heaviest toll on him.

Alden said the first weeks were tough. “I’ll have to admit that that first 3 weeks of this crisis medyo mahirap siya (It was really) mentally of course. You wake up, you do your thing, you take a bath, you eat and you sleep again. And for the past 3 months ganun lang nangyayari (that’s what was just happening). And for the past 3 months ganoon lang nangyayari (that’s all that happens). So parang when the second month of the quarantine came in, parang medyo may feeling na kailan ba matatapos ito, ang hirap (you begin to wonder: when will this end? It’s a difficult place to be in).”

“I am not used to this but really it’s up to the person on how he or she would take in this situation that we are in. And always look on the bright side because this will be over soon,” he added

Alden and Nadine are ambassadors for the contest, which has produced winners like Maureen Montagne, Julz Aquino, Angel Jones, and Johann Ludovica. The 2020 edition will feature 34 men and women vie for the title during the finals night on September 19. –