Despite the ongoing global health crisis, actor Vance Larena’s career is looking up. Last year, he released his first single ‘Tama’ under Star Music. He was then signed up as a new Star Magic artist earlier this year and became part of the cast of FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano and the upcoming new series Viral. But in a recent Instagram post, the talented actor revealed that he was going through mental health issues.
In the post, Vance shared before and after photos of his physical transformation after almost a month of working on his physique. He accompanied it with the caption, “I don’t usually share what I’m going through but perhaps I can share just a glimpse of a person experiencing a mental distress/condition with anxiety and depression and that there is a way to fight or manage them. I know it’s not easy but progress is the key and not perfection.”
In the same post, Vance also shared coping strategies from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA).
“Try these when you're feeling anxious or stressed:
Take a time-out. Practice yoga, listen to music, meditate, get a massage, or learn relaxation techniques. Stepping back from the problem helps clear your head.
Eat well-balanced meals. Do not skip any meals. Do keep healthful, energy-boosting snacks on hand.
Limit alcohol and caffeine, which can aggravate anxiety and trigger panic attacks.
Get enough sleep. When stressed, your body needs additional sleep and rest.
Exercise daily to help you feel good and maintain your health.
Take deep breaths. Inhale and exhale slowly.
Count to 10 slowly. Repeat, and count to 20 if necessary.
Do your best. Instead of aiming for perfection, which isn't possible, be proud of however close you get.
Accept that you cannot control everything. Put your stress in perspective: Is it really as bad as you think?
Welcome humor. A good laugh goes a long way.
Maintain a positive attitude. Make an effort to replace negative thoughts with positive ones.
Get involved. Volunteer or find another way to be active in your community, which creates a support network and gives you a break from everyday stress.
Learn what triggers your anxiety. Is it work, family, school, or something else you can identify? Write in a journal when you’re feeling stressed or anxious, and look for a pattern.
Talk to someone. Tell friends and family you’re feeling overwhelmed, and let them know how they can help you.
Talk to a physician or therapist for professional help.”
Vance ended his post on an uplifting note for his followers with “You got this! Love you! ”
He is currently part of the cast of the upcoming series Viral starring Jake Cuenca, Joshua Garcia, Charlie Dizon, and Dimples Romana.
* If you or a loved one is in need of help, the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) has trained respondents to properly deal with those in need. Contact the hotline at 0917-899-USAP (8727) / 0917-989-8727. You can also contact Hopeline Philippines at (02) 804-HOPE (4673), 0917 558 HOPE (4673), 2919 (Toll free for Globe, TM)