On self-care during quarantine

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Photo by Ksenia Makagonova on Unsplash
Note: This is a guest post by my dear friend, Kafui Mensah.

As we all know, it can be challenging to practice self-care in the midst of everything that grabs at our attention on any given day.

Whether you’re juggling a career and a social life, or school and hobbies, or just trying to make it to bed at a decent hour, the busyness of life is often not conducive to the development of a self-care routine. Continue reading “On self-care during quarantine”

The demons hate fresh air

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Taken by my sister on her way to work

I’m reading Keep Going for the second time, a short book on 10 rules for staying creative in good times and bad. Austin Kleon is definitely one of my favorite writers and bloggers. When I discovered him earlier this year, I read his blog all the way back to 2012 and four of his books.

His work is terrific and inspiring.

I came across the quote, demons hate fresh air, in Keep Going and it has stuck with me ever since.

No matter what time you get out of bed, go for a walk and then work, [Ingmar Bergman] would say, because the demons hate it when you get out of bed, demons hate fresh air. 

Continue reading “The demons hate fresh air”

Happiness is other people

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Photo by Rob Curran on Unsplash

For the longest time, and I mean for a really long time, I full-heartedly endorsed the famous quote from Jean-Paul Sartre, hell is other people.

So much so, I wrote it on a dry-erase board and hung it in my room. I scribbled it in my journal. I recited it in my head occasionally to remind myself that all my emotional anguish was caused by other people.

Inspired by the happiness industry, the idea that happiness is your own personal choice, and if you work on yourself enough you’ll find it, I embarked on the pursuit of happiness solely focused on me, myself and I.

Continue reading “Happiness is other people”

The opposite of addiction is connection

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Photo by Mathew Schwartz on Unsplash

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, the issue of internet addiction isn’t the internet itself, but rather the void it helps us fill.

In other words, addiction is escapism. Continue reading “The opposite of addiction is connection”

Today is world mental health day

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Photo by Belinda Fewings on Unsplash

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 observed on the 10th of October every year to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilize efforts in support of mental health.

Below are six of my all time favorite articles from around the web on practicing mental mental wellness for better mental well-being. I know they’re my all time favorite because I have bookmarked them, and actually go back to read them for reference (I know!).

In no particular order. Continue reading “Today is world mental health day”