You're not broken, you're evolving 💭
Our hot take on mental health (hint: it's not constant improvement)
DD HQ here. Do you feel like today’s culture makes us feel like we’re permanently…broken?
In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, we're starting a deeper, ongoing conversation around the way we care for our mental health hygiene in our Current Times. Bc at DD, it’s our role to push the status quo so that all of us can feel most alive.
Here’s the way we see it: We aren't in need of constant improvement.
As humans, our feelings are how we make sense of the world around us. Given that we aren’t logical robots (as much as some want us to believe), we feel stuff all the time that leads us to make a choice. Then, when we learn something new – whether that's an idea or how something makes us feel – we change.
TBH, we’re messy and chaotic beings that are quite unpredictable 😅. It’s not something we need to fix; it's the beautiful and weird aspect of our creative brains at work.
But, this natural way of being is at odds with the way we’ve been taught to care for our mental health. Often, it feels like our fault for not being happy 24/7. If we just got one more candle, or did more therapy, or set better boundaries at work…we’d be set.
But, that's just another form of the Hamster Wheel. Our collective obsession of trying to individually optimize + fix + improve everything has extended to the way we shape our minds and process our feelings.
At DD, we’re not here to help you merely exist within broken systems. We’re here to change them with you.
With that, we’ve been noodling on a phrase that we live by as a team that we want to share with you, so we can all begin to flip the way we care for ourselves. It’s nearly the opposite of permanent self-improvement: We are all a constant evolution.
This phrase is based on the ancient Buddhist philosophy of impermanence, which says in essence: just by existing, you are changing. To us, the most beautiful aspect of being human is that nothing lasts forever – not emotions or even the cells in our bodies. And, allowing our creative brains to do their thing is at the core of being a constant evolution.
So, see what it's like to give yourself room to exist instead of fix. To mess up and shift course. To feel so that you can change your mind.
Most importantly: here’s to evolving-by-being > constantly-improving. Ready to remember how to just…be with us?
Katina + Dupi
and the entire team @ DD HQ
An idea to noodle on 💭
Mind-changing is part of evolving
THINK ON THIS: Changing our mind is an emotional decision. We humans are *irrational* creatures - and to us, that's a good thing. But, it means that making change isn't a black-and-white choice, and sometimes it can be scary. The liberating part? You can never get it wrong.
…MAYBE NOT THAT: Openness sounds simple, but it takes practice. In scientific research this is called cognitive flexibility (you may have heard us talk ab this before). Just like your muscles need a stretch, so does your brain. The more you practice being open, the easier it comes.
Inside our brains at DD HQ 🧠
Speaking of emotional decisions - the arc to justice is long, and hopefully evolving for the better (it's ok to be angry rn). Our team was not surprised that creative thinking doesn't translate so well via Zoom (hint: tech isn't always better). We're not into robots, but this will.i.am collab seems pretty powerful. This podcast episode sums up everything we know ab burnout @ DD - plus, we couldn't resonate more with feeling half alive. Mind-gardening, have you heard of it? Our team (+ early access discord channel) had goosebumps over this Tiktok ab happiness v productivity.