Actor and COVID-19 survivor Christopher de Leon experienced firsthand how the disease can test a person’s resolve. When he battled the virus last year in March, he shares the three key factors that helped him cope with stress and uncertainty.
Prayers. While confined in the hospital, he said that he prayed deeply and fervently, drawing strength from Bible passages and from his family members who were praying just as intently at home.
De Leon, along with his wife Sandy Andolong, has always believed in the power of prayer. They believe that prayer is not only a source of comfort, it is also a source of strength. Praying has made their family closer, and has helped them overcome the most difficult of times.
Partner. Having found the right partner in Sandy has helped him go through life’s ups and downs. “During these difficult times, we are each other’s anchors,” said De Leon.
Staying connected with a loved one – whether a person or a beloved pet– he said, was important for mental health. This is particularly important amid the current pandemic, where many people struggle with feelings of isolation and loneliness.
Preparation. The actor also points to keeping a healthy lifestyle as the key to his recovery. At 64 years old, De Leon believes in the basics of health and wellness – a balanced diet, regular physical activity, and a positive mindset. “As we grow older, keeping to these basics becomes more important than ever,” he said.
In this climate of uncertainty, many Filipinos are also learning to care for their financial health to protect themselves from the burden of huge medical expenses if they get sick.
For De Leon, this is an important part of being prepared. “In addition to the support I received from family and friends, the assistance Pacific Cross gave me allowed me to focus on my recovery. I’m proud to call Pacific Cross family!” he shared.
The actor joins medical and travel insurer Pacific Cross in urging more Filipinos to get insured.