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    What is your distraction?

    Life is 24/7

    Sometimes pain can be 24/7

    So how do you distract from life or pain when it gets too much?


    Just for some honest introspection, list what behaviors you do to distract
    and then when you finish, maybe go back and rate them healthy or unhealthy.


    Examples:

    I distract with

    arguing - unhealthy
    making movies - healthy
    drawing - healthy
    eating - unheathy when eating sweets
    exercising - healthy
    talking fast - healthy to talk but not to the point of annoying people
    dissociating - unhealthy now
    computer games- unhealthy for me because I don't exercise
    photography - healthy


    Your turn. ....
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    I find writing songs on my guitar, drawing, cuddling with the dogs, watchiing a movie, all to be great distractions.
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    I find socializing to be my favourite distraction of all, especially since it helps me with my anxiety. Other than that, I enjoy reading, watching movies/TV, and playing video games distractions but they're not as healthy.

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    Thanks Parakeet and CaduceusGuilt, for sharing your thoughts. It's cool to see so many positive ways to distract. And yeah, I distract a lot with TV lately (never used to) and computer which keeps me from exercising. I used to exercise while watching movies, so I need to go back to that.
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    Really loud music on my iPod takes unbearable sad feelings away
    Emercing myself at work in the nursing home distracts me
    Studying and reading for college
    Going for a drive
    baking
    The internet

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    Watching science documentaries/lectures, reading, Watching interesting YouTube videos. Exploring back roads and getting my car stuck
    http://youtu.be/zSgiXGELjbc

    "A still more glorious dawn awaits
    Not a sunrise, but a galaxy rise
    A morning filled with 400 billion suns
    The rising of the milky way"

    "The sky calls to us
    If we do not destroy ourselves
    We will one day venture to the stars" -Carl Sagan

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    When I'm overwhelmed with too many emotions or too many thoughts, my most effective way to help would be turning on some of my favourite music loudly, and trying to concentrate distinctly on the songs. Trying to pay attention to every instrument, every lyric, the singer's voice, everything. Concentrating like that helps with anxious thoughts. I also read to escape into another "life", to distract from my own. Coming on the internet as well, although sometimes internet makes it worse depending on what I'm doing or reading.

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    I like going for a drive too. Kind of makes you disappear, huh?
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    Another traveler. And hi, my friend. I'm glad to see you here.
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    I hear you about loud music. I can get lost in it also.
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    I distract myself by:

    Dissociating
    Reading
    Cleaning
    Internet games
    Working

    I consider all of the above to be unhealthy because they cause me to procrastinate and avoid way too much.
    “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” - Rumi

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    Watching TV shows, music, eating, walking, talking with people, debating, PC games and riding public transport to no-where.

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    The internet, reading, food, sleeping (when I can fall asleep), taking excessively long showers, painting & drawing.

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    Thanks Sparrow, MaxPower and Seagull for sharing your distractions. I also dissociate which used to be a good thing, but now, not so good. I love to paint and draw also to relieve pain, anxiety or depression.

    And lately, MaxPower I've been doing the eating and watching TV thing. Those are two distractions I'm trying to break.
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    Daydreaming about distracting activities
    Writing
    Running
    Long showers too, lol, especially in the winter
    Internet

    .....what sparrow said

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