How I Maintain My Zen


There’s this phase in your life that will push you to your limits and make you question your strength. It’s called your 20’s. It’s that tricky part of life where you have to transition from being a dependent child into an adult who’s supposed to have everything together.

It’s an extremely difficult transition that I think should be part of every school’s curriculum. Every school in Kenya and the world should have a “How To Adult” course because this is the most depressing stage of life and sometimes even I have my moments of total breakdown. Do you?

It’s tough, but hey, you’re an adult. You’re supposed to be the strong force for your little nieces, nephews or probably kids. How do you maintain your Zen? I have a series of practices that help me;

-Doing something that excites me everyday

I got back into reading books at the start of this year and what started as a struggle is probably now one of my favourite things to do. I got so carried away at an Inama Bookstore the other day, that I left with 6 books. That’s a lot for someone who reads one book in 2 weeks. Reading excites me nowadays and I love that it helps me feel so relaxed.

How I Maintain My Zen

-Doing something good for me health wise

When you do something that you know is good for your health, you tend to feel a mood boost. Depending on what I’m feeling my something good could be exercise, reading a book, consciously drinking water throughout the day, eating a healthy meal, etc.

-Having a healthy everyday routine

It’s not healthy to check your phone immediately after you wake up. The few moments after you wake up can determine the outcome of your day. You don’t want to wake up to some upsetting news on WhatsApp, or scroll through Instagram and get a heavy dose of FOMO, or check emails and get lost in that black hole, etc.

Instead, start your day with a few positive affirmations. Tell yourself it’s going to be your best day yet. Drink some water, write down your goals for the day, whip up a beauty recipe, etc. These are all positive things you can implement every day.

How I Maintain My Zen

-Be grateful

I really can’t emphasize this enough. Ever since I started this gratitude jar, I always feel lighter and happier. It’s not easy to appreciate a drop of water, a breath of fresh air in the morning or a child’s laughter. But when you do, you feel a ball of stress float away. Works every time. Try it.

How I Maintain My Zen

-A hobby

Having a hobby that you can take part in everyday is not only good, but highly encouraged. I treat my hobbies like my escape. Something like reading a book becomes something I look forward to. Developing an everyday hobby that makes you happy will definitely contribute to your overall wellbeing.

How do you maintain your Zen? I’d love to hear what your everyday me time sounds like. Comment down below with your list of chill activities. What do you think about mine?

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  1. Annbel

    May 6, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Kish is wakisha this is such a wonderful post… it has definitely spoken to me…I also have those moments when I totally freak out about where I am in life and worry I’ll never make it and it really brings me down…I’ll definitely try The grateful jar… I love the idea
    God bless you

    • Kish

      May 7, 2017 at 2:36 pm

      Hey Annbell! We’re all in this together and it’s great to know I’m not the only one out there struggling :D I believe that if we stay determined and set out to achieve our goals, nothing will stand in our way. Love and love!X

  2. Canduh

    May 11, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    I maintain my Zen by burning incense and watching scented candles burn; listening to chill music and ridding all my negative energy trying out new stuff in the kitchen :) I recently picked up a new hobby; taking Self Portraits. So whenever I feel uninspired, i grab my camera and try out random poses. It has helped me become more confident I think.

    PS: I love reading your posts because I find them so relatable and honest. Keep doing this :)

    • Kish

      May 11, 2017 at 2:26 pm

      Hi Canduh! <3 nice to see you here! :) I was just thinking of how I can incorporate scented candles and sweet smelling oils into my zen routine this morning! So this must be the sign I needed :)
      Thank you so much! I needed to hear this today. Love xx

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