Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I’ve had a busy week of work, writing, and kids. The kids are back in school. It’s the end of summer and that makes me sad. I wasn’t ready for it to end and I’m hoping we can eek out a few more hot days before winter hits and I go into hibernation mode.
But enough about that. Today I’d like to talk about the importance of distractions. I know, right? Distractions, how can they be important, but they are. Let me explain.
We as humans need to make sense about what is happening to us. We need to find a rational reason behind an experience. We want to find the lesson. What is this experience teaching me? So, we mull it over, trying to find the why. Right? I know we’ve all been there. But sometimes the answer eludes us.
The why will never be found. Either it’s because the person who we need to find the answer from isn’t available or refuses to communicate with us. That happens. That flash of understanding, that epiphany never happens.
This is the time we need to pull out our bag of distractions. To get our mind out of the groove of trying to find the answer. Otherwise, you can sink into a depression. I’ve seen this happen with myself as well as some of my friends.
So, what are good ways to avoid sinking into the pit of overthinking?
I like to escape reality and read a book. There’s nothing like sinking into a good story to forget about life for a while. When I start overthinking about a problem, and I recognize I’m doing that, I pull out a good book and forget about life for a while. It works wonders. This takes away the power of what I’m overthinking about, and when I’m done reading, the issue I’ve been thinking about is much smaller and more manageable.
Another way I distract myself when I start overthinking, is to exercise. I go for a run and that seems to jolt me out of the overthinking groove, and again when I’m done the issue doesn’t seem so big.
I also distract myself by writing. Working on my story, is the best way to get my mind out of that familiar groove of trying to understand the problem. and solve it. Some problems just can’t be solved no matter how hard we try.
So, there you have it. Distractions are important in our lives. They serve a purpose. How do you get your mind out of the groove of finding the why in a situation? Leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you!
6 thoughts on “The Need for Distractions”
For me, just getting outside gets me away from overthinking about things. Just a short walk around the house, or around the corner and back, helps ground me and gives me perspective by reminding me there is a much bigger, real world out there than the more-restricted, unreal, and unhealthy one I may have temporarily created in my head.
Good point. I love getting out into nature and going for hikes. That’s another way to get out of an infinite loop in your mind. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I appreciate it! 🙂
Exercise is a great coping mechanism! I love taking long walks in nature.
I do, too! I love nature. I’m trying to get in as many walks as I can before the snow flies! 🙂
Pretty much all the things you’ve mentioned, plus researching for my novels are great distractions, Lisa! Love your point-of-view on why distractions are important. Cheers, girlfriend!
Thanks for stopping by, Sharon! Yes, I love researching for my stories as well. I’ve just come up with another new idea for a story that I’ll have to start researching this morning. Something to look forward to in the cold winter months. 🙂