The journey toward mental well-being that Ellen Adarna chose isn’t an easy one. But after comitting to it, she's undoubtedly walking the talk.
In a series of Instagram Stories posted on Sun, Nov. 29, Ellen shared that she walked a total of 115 kilometers for over 25 hours as part of her mental training at a resort in Bali, Indonesia.
The actress said she did this exercise to strengthen her “will and courage.”
On her social media account, she shared: “We have to exercise that muscle. And also I kept my word, to finish what I (started).”
Ellen said she did the 25-hour walk without sleeping or eating. “Maybe every 30 minutes I would take 5 to 10 minute breaks. It depends on my condition, but no sleep,” she shared.
Asked by one of her followers how she prepared for the grueling activity, Ellen said that besides her usual exercises, she “just really prepared mentally.”
“I was in a lot of pain,” she said. “But I was committed. I wanted to finish it."
“So, when your body shuts down, the mind takes over. Basically, it was mind over matter. And I had to deal with a lot of emotions. I was frustrated, I was angry. I was questioning myself. But also, at some point, I was feeling happy and fulfilled and content,” Ellen added.
In a separate Instagram Stories post—perhaps pertaining to her current state of mind—Ellen, answering a follower’s question, said that happiness “is the by-product of the meaningful things you do in life.”
This isn’t the first time the 32-year-old celebrity has done physically grueling activities as part of her “mental training.”
Earlier this year, Ellen revealed that she also underwent training, also in Bali, Indonesia, to help her deal “with her demons.” Her training involved jumping for five kilometers and standing for five hours straight.
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“I did mental training coz I was stuck in this black hole for almost three years,” she said.
Ellen has been tabloid fodder for the past three years despite being absent from the limelight due to her relationship with actor John Lloyd Cruz. In 2018, it was reported that Ellen gave birth to Elias, her son with John Lloyd.
Ellen and John Lloyd reportedly broke up last year.
Earlier this month, PEP.ph reported that Ellen will star in a TV5 sitcom with John Estrada next year—despite her declaration a few months ago that she won’t make a showbiz comeback “in the next seven years.”
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