Often when we’re upset or feeling overwhelmed with any sort of negativity, we fall prey to that which may make us feel good at the moment. The pint of ice cream in the freezer (or maybe even quart!), the bottle of booze in the cabinet, the local bar at the corner, the pill bottle in the medicine cabinet (“just taking one extra to calm down”).
These are quick and easy, convenient and sure to have somewhat of a calming and numbing effect pretty quickly. But in the long run they do not serve us well and often create additional problems.
When we feel emotionally crummy, taking a break and removing ourselves from the difficult feelings can give us that necessary distance and perspective. We can give ourselves a brief respite so that we can then return with more clarity and calmness, better able to deal with the issue at hand.
This is not about avoiding; rather it’s about choosing to step away for a short time period so as to be able to come back in a better state of mind. We give ourselves some comfort by engaging in something we enjoy.
So what are some healthy distractions?
Getting outside. Nature is soothing and serene. Taking notice of our surroundings brings us to that place of grandeur where we realize we’re a part of something huge and awesome. Take that beach walk; yes, even in the winter. The ocean is beautifully calm.
Watching a funny movie.
Laughing. Laughter is a wonderful release. …