Yesterday, actress Alexa Ilacad opened up about how the quarantine is affecting her. Spoiler alert: She's not like the people who are thriving and whose energies are up for a good part of the day. She revealed, "Some people are more energized having all this time at home. And some, myself included, aren't really enjoying this."
Alexa continued, "There are days I feel useless [from] not doing anything, just being stuck at home. But there are days my schedule is jampacked but I feel so drained for some reason. I guess it's because of the lack of human connection."
"I would love [to have] someone to talk to, to go to counseling, just to untangle my thoughts," Alexa was quoted as saying.
Alexa keeps herself busy (and afloat) at home by doing yoga. She said, "At times, there's no motivation to get out of bed, but there's yoga online which I try."
For work, she's part of the teleserye Init Sa Magdamag, which also stars Gerald Anderson, Yam Concepcion, and JM de Guzman. On April 30, 2021, she'll drop her dance-pop single titled "Stay Right Here" on Spotify.
A number of studies have been done on the effects of quarantine on one's mental health. This piece of research published on The Lancet states that people have reported negative psychological effects, like "post-traumatic stress symptoms, confusion, and anger." It also listed things or events that cause more stress, such as "longer quarantine duration, infection fears, frustration, boredom, and financial loss."
Some studies have found that these mental health issues can have "long-lasting effects."
The CDC has listed ways to cope with quarantine-induced isolation, stress, and anxiety. Apart from taking breaks from the news and taking care of one's body, it's important to make time for fun activities and to stay connected with people—to be able to talk more openly.