Actress and yoga instructor Maxene Magalona spoke up about going through different emotions as she experienced for the first time how it is to be under quarantine.
Magalona and her husband, musician and fellow yoga teacher Rob Mananquil, have been back in the country after residing in Indonesia last year, having been caught there by COVID-19-related travel bans. Magalona shared how she was greatly affected by the quarantine via her Instagram page yesterday, April 5.
“The past two weeks have been a roller coaster of emotions. For the most part, I’ve been quite sad and low as feelings of anxiety, frustration and disappointment towards myself continue to arise,” she said.
Later, she realized that these may be the immediate effects of being held under quarantine during a lockdown. She shared how she would find herself tearful in the middle of meditation, being overwhelmed by thoughts, and binge-watching Korean dramas and eating vegan or junk food.
Magalona thinks that while “quarantine is proving to be very challenging,” it is “necessary for our growth and evolution as human beings.”
“We need to take the time to stay still and experience life in solitude so that we can come face to face with whatever is happening underneath the surface. Our world before the pandemic was very busy and fast-paced which was why we were always distracted by external [factors] and couldn’t really pay attention to our internal experience,” she explained.
The observance of Holy Week, Magalona believes, was also an “important time of [reflection] and prayer.”
“So, if you are currently feeling stuck, unmotivated and hopeless like me, please know that you are not alone. Jesus died on the cross for your sins. You can get through ANYTHING,” she said.