As the nation awaits its personal COVID vaccine rollout set this month, actor John Estrada is encouraging individuals to”do your analysis, too.”
“Google it. COVID-19-related information is free, anyway. I really pray that the vaccines will not have adverse side effects on those who will take them. The public should also be made aware of these side effects before they are given these vaccines,” John mentioned.
“It’s really mean to say, ‘Mauna na muna sila and let’s wait and see if they’d survive it.’ How can anyone say something so awful? Every single human life is worth saving,” he added.
On whether or not or not he was open to having his household vaccinated quickly, John mentioned: “Honestly, my wife (Priscilla Meirelles) and I talked about this and she is still really scared. She did some research on the vaccines. She said it takes eight to 10 years to create a fully developed vaccine. Our scientists only worked on these ones for months.”
John mentioned that what he and Priscilla deliberate to do was to “really boost our immune system. That’s the best we can do right now—take care of ourselves, so we don’t have to queue for those vaccines just yet.”
He mentioned he was conscious that many felt depressed and skilled nervousness assaults particularly in the course of the early days of quarantine. “As for me, I was busy doing a teleserye then, ‘Babawiin Ko ang Lahat’ for GMA 7. We had to drop everything and go home. No more taping until further notice,” he recalled “And yes, I’ve felt those moments, but I already knew how to handle them.”
Never use the phrase “depression” calmly if you end up round this actor “unless you know what really happens to someone who has gone through it.”
“Whenever my kids use the word ‘depressed’ to mean they are sad about something, I really tell them off. I say they cannot use that word lightly because they have no idea about what a person who experienced it has gone through. I did, some 20 years ago. I hit rock bottom,” John advised Inquirer Entertainment.
John has 4 kids, specifically, Ina, Kaila, Yuan and Moira, with ex-wife, actress Janice de Belen. He additionally has a daughter named Anechka along with his present spouse Priscilla (a former Brazilian mannequin and wonder queen).
“The only reason I’m disclosing this to you now is that I already know how to properly handle the condition. I thank God I survived it. It was no joke,” mentioned the actor, noting that lots of people have already misplaced their lives whereas battling with despair.
In his case, John mentioned he stored himself busy at dwelling. “I told myself to just live my life one day at a time. That’s actually what I learned from battling depression before—to savor every experience, every memory because life is really too short.”
Whenever he had “episodes,” John mentioned he would have inside monologues, too. “I would say, ‘I will not entertain this!’ ‘I will keep myself busy!’ If I have to clean my car or my room, I’d do it,” he defined. “I also tell my kids that boredom is also part of life. It’s OK to be bored once in a while. One should just embrace it. Don’t tell people you’re depressed just because you’re bored, especially because other people are having pandemic experiences that are far worse.”
John additionally mentioned it was good that he didn’t need to console or give emotional help to his closest household and mates on the time of the strictest implementation of the lockdown. “We had a lot of Zoom meetings. Some of them even organized ‘house parties’ via Zoom. Once in a while, I chat with my golf buddies since we weren’t allowed to play at that time.”
“All of us had the same mindset, that this, too, shall pass. We knew that the situation wasn’t permanent. We just did what we could do with the limited personal space we had. We kept reminding ourselves to be patient, to be still, because we have no control over the situation,” he added.
These days, John is busy with the promotions of the sitcom “John en Ellen” (reverse Ellen Adarna) as its line producer for TV5. But every night time, John mentioned he would usually pray, “to ask Him to take care of my family—that’s No. 1. Second, that He takes care of me so I could continue to care for other people. My third prayer is for the world. I hope we can finally see the day when we can all go back to the ‘old normal’ If the vaccines will help make this possible, then I pray that it will happen the soonest. We all want our old lives back.”
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