"The opposite of addiction is not sobriety, the opposite of addiction is connection." - Johann Hari In a podcast episode by Your Undivided Attention, titled the Opposite of Addiction, Johann Hari makes the case that addiction, among other mental health issues, is a symptom of a deeper problem of a disconnected society (A must listen!). In other words, … Continue reading The opposite of addiction is connection
It has been approximately two years and three months since I deleted my last standing social media account, twitter, and embarked on living without social media. While I am by no means an expert on how to maintain an exuberant social life, I have managed a modest social life post-social media despite not being so … Continue reading How to stay connected post-social media
It wasn't until last night, on a poster at the train station, that I found out that today is world mental health day. The downside of not being on social media, avoiding the news, and getting bored with Reddit, where I often see reminders for things of such nature. Alas, World Mental Health Day is … Continue reading Today is world mental health day
This past weekend, a couple of friends and I went to Nuit Blanche to see the art installations downtown Toronto, and in the process, we had a reality check about being. As we strolled through downtown, a friend says, "I never look up." At that statement, we all look up, observing buildings and structures we have … Continue reading Look up!
“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it... And, once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must Never become lax about maintaining it.” — Elizabeth Gilbert Am I basic for quoting (and really loving) Eat, Love, Pray? I read it the beginning of this … Continue reading make yourself prone to happiness
What if we were to value our attention like we value money? What radically changed my relationship with social media, or why I quit social media, was when I learned about the attention economy. Lucky for me, I have had a strong aversion to 'the system' as long as I can remember. I really am … Continue reading Value your attention
I'm currently on a three-month-long, and ongoing, hiatus from the adulting world. It is funded solely with my F**k-Off fund, and living back at home with my parents. I'm loving it! It has been over two years since I took a break to recharge, revaluate and rejuvenate, a practice that began circumstantially back in 2015 and … Continue reading My best mental health tip— take a break
These past few weeks, I gave myself permission to cave into my digital addiction while going through many unpleasant life changes. Practicing digital wellness requires mindfulness, discipline, and dedication, which I felt I didn't have the energy for. So, I held on tightly to my phone and binged on the internet day after day to … Continue reading It’s time for a digital detox