Television host and former volleyball star Gretchen Ho has offered comforting words for those who are feeling sad and lonely while in quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In an Instagram post, Gretchen shared the message that helped her combat loneliness when she had to self-isolate after being exposed to a COVID-19 case.
"To those who are feeling quite alone in quarantine, just wanted to share with you what gave me comfort in isolation (as close contact)," she began.
"I spent about a week (or more than a week) alone, not because I’m positive, but many close to me got COVID. This surge is also hard on those who don’t get it."
Gretchen admitted that she, too, felt scared by the idea of being alone on her first day of isolation.
"[So] I took out my white board where I normally write tasks for the day... and just wrote down this message I got from a friend: 'Relax... Don’t worry. God’s got you! You are not alone,'" she said.
"Every morning I would wake up to this message, it would be the first thing I’d see, and the words did not only bring me comfort, but also a smile on my face. I felt the Lord’s reassuring presence."
The TV host then shared how she spent her time alone in isolation, saying she treated it like a "silent retreat."
"I decided to take this time alone for quality silence and prayer... for slowing down time a little... for being more in the moment... and learning new things around here in my home," she said. "It’s weird because I feel like I’ve enjoyed so much, I lost track of time already."
To end her post, Gretchen said she is grateful for the peace and quiet she experienced while on home quarantine.
"I’m grateful for the guidance on how to spend this time, and for the peace that surrounded me," she said.
"So for those who are in quarantine right now and feeling a bit lonely... Maybe my white board can help remind you a bit: Relax... Don’t worry. God’s got you. You are not alone."
As of this writing, millions of Filipinos continue to stay at home as the country sees a fresh surge of new COVID-19 infections.
Currently, there are a total of 270,728 active cases of COVID-19 locally, 22,958 of which were recorded just this Wednesday, January 19.