I don't know if you've noticed, but the world has pretty much gone to shit these past few months. First we had the pandemic to contend with which is still raging across the globe, and now the US is descending into chaos as yet another unarmed black man is murdered by police. It's all quite tough to swallow, and I've seen many people post on social media that they will be signing off for the time being to guard their mental health. But some people don't seem to be bother by it too much. They are still able to enjoy life despite all the restrictions the pandemic has imposed on us and despite the social injustice happening around the world. Does this imply that they don't care about what's going on in the world, or does it just mean they compartmentalise very well?
Compartmentalization is not about being in denial; it’s about putting things where they belong and not letting them get in the way of the rest of your life. You can’t just ignore your issues and expect them to go away, but obsessing on them won’t help either.
I believe I compartmentalise quite well. I'd like to think so anyway. I've been accused of "not caring" before, so I guess other people see it too. With regards to the current world issues, if you look at my Twitter feed you'd see that I retweet a lot about what's happening in the world. Sometimes I even make my own comments and share my opinions. But off Twitter, I still enjoy playing video games. I can still laugh when I watch Brooklyn 99. I still enjoy reading my books. Some people need to stay off social media so they won't see what's happening, but despite being well aware of what's happening, I can still do what I enjoy doing on a daily basis.
Mental health is important, and different people have different coping mechanisms. Are you the kind of person who compartmentalises well, or do you think you're feeling the need to log off the internet for a while to regain some good vibes?