JM de Guzman, Lovi Poe on handling anxiety amid pandemic

JM de Guzman and Lovi Poe

Like many people, some celebrities experience issues about their mental health, mostly as effect of the five-month community quarantine brought by the COVID-19 scare. 

Among those who shared his story is actor JM de Guzman.

"This is what my panic disorder looks like 4:00 am middle of a good sleep. intense waves of emotions. rapid heartbeat that'll make you feel you are about to pass out or die," he wrote on Instagram, along with a video that shows him trying to calm self by putting ice-cold towel on the back of his head.

JM added that he uses ice to slow down the heartbeat and feel his face whenever he feels "numb, overpowered by emotions."

"This may be caused by a painful trauma in the past," he related. 

The actor explained that he recorded it to show that he's trying to cope and that, hopefully, others would do the same.

"And to let you know you're not alone," he declared.

"If you have this too, put ice on your face, head hand and body. Just pray
and deep breaths and make the people around you understand your condition. Tell them to stop asking questions and just be there so the attack will subside quicker rather than (be) triggered. “it'll be over after 30 or 40 mins and you'll be fine” (keep telling that to yourself so that's the only thing running inside your mind) just a little exhausting. keep safe... (heart emoji)," JM said, ending the post with "#TobeAwareistobeAlive."

Meanwhile, Lovi Poe also admits to experiencing anxiety amid lockdown though, thankfully, she knows of ways to handle it.

In a report on GMA News' "Unang Hirit," the Kapuso star was reported to be writing poetry and stories, as doing so is "therapeutic" and it "helps" her cope with the pandemic.