Former Pilipinas Got Talent finalist Markki Stroem might be busy as a radio jock on Monster Radio RX93.1’s iconic The Morning Rush show and as an actor in several projects but last October 10, he took time to mark World Mental Health Day. The 34-year old Fil-Norwegian shared his thoughts on what the day truly means for him.
“Today is World Mental Health day. A day of reflection where we raise awareness for learning to understand ourselves better. A day of reflection and TRUE self love.
“In this tumultuous day and age, we are constantly confronted with hurdles that sometimes seem to get higher and higher. On the days that we trip, it is up to us if we want to stay on the ground, or find a way to pick ourselves up."
There are times, when the fall is so bad, we need the help of a loved one, a therapist or even man’s best friend to pick us up off the proverbial ‘floor’.
“We live in a world where APPEARANCES are oftentimes more important than REALITY. This could take a serious toll on us if we continue to keep our struggles to ourselves,” he wrote.
Markki cited a show he recently watched as an example of the impact mental issues can have not just on the individual but to the people around them as well.
“This morning I watched House of Secrets: The Burari Deaths, an Indian documentary on Netflix. It talked about a man who was so caught up on appearances in India, that he neglected to seek help for his PTSD. 11 years later, he pushed his entire family to take their lives claiming that their deceased father could raise them from the dead. It is hard to hear, I know, but sometimes these tragedies are what will push us to unpack our own mental health baggages.,” he shared.
In the same post, Markki opened up about his own mental issues and what he does to overcome it and focus on the bright side of life. This included seeking advice from professionals.
He wrote, “Ever since I started seeking help for my Anxiety, Depression and ADHD, I started taking care of my Mind, Body and Soul. I try to expel toxicity, and keep positivity in my life.
“Something I do in the mornings to calm my mind, is Meditation and Yoga. These daily affirmations (and sweat sessions are my love letters to the Universe to EMBODY WHAT I WANT TO BECOME. On occasions I use ‘Calm Mindfulness Sessions’ on my @fitbitph to help with my Morning conversations with God.
“Everyone has their own ways of taking care of their Mental Health. It is time to be the captain of your own vessel, and steer it to a more PEACEFUL state.”
Markki stars in the BL digital series Love at the End of the World. He also made headlines recently after posting photos of himself hitchhiking while wearing only briefs in Tagaytay City.