Actress and yoga instructor Maxene Magalona reminded everyone about the importance of mental health awareness, stressing that unreleased emotions can cause disorders or diseases.
May being the “Mental Health Awareness” month, Magalona reminded everyone to “check in with yourself regularly” as seen in her Instagram page today, May 3.
“See how you’re doing and make sure to honor your emotions by holding space for them and just allowing them to come,” she said.
“As humans, we are designed to use our intelligence to protect ourselves from threats which is why when unpleasant feelings of anxiety and fear start to creep in, our minds tend to take over and deny our emotions,” she noted.
Magalona stated that while protecting one’s self is necessary, it is also equally important to freely feel one’s feelings, and to release these feelings so they would not remain repressed in our bodies.
“Emotion means ‘energy in motion’ so when they don’t get released, they turn into stagnant energies that cause blockages in the body which can eventually lead to diseases and disorders,” she said.
Magalona believes that there will be an “imbalance” if we only welcome emotions that make us feel good and deny those that will upset us.
“This is why ‘it’s okay to not be okay,’” she pointed out. “So go ahead and cry if you need to. Get angry if you must. Just remember to let it go as soon as you can and keep coming back to your true self — a beautiful and kindhearted soul.”
Magalona and her husband, musician Rob Mananquil, have returned to the country after living in Bali, Indonesia last year, where they were constrained from leaving due to lockdowns and border closures amid the COVID-19 pandemic. JB