While anxiety is not something you should avoid and pretend doesn’t exist, you can still
work on finding distractions during those moments when your anxiety tends to peak.
While there are some excellent recommendations listed here, you want to focus on
healthy distractions that are perfect for you. Sometimes, it just takes a little trial and
error to figure out what your own personal distractions are.
– What Do You Mean by Distractions?
This can be anything and everything that you find will help to relax your mind and focus
on something else for a little while. The type of distraction you choose will depend on
quite a few things, from where you are when your anxiety is heightened, to what is
available to you.
For example, if you are driving when you start feeling panic coming on, turning on the
radio might be a good distraction for you. While at home, you might want to watch
something that is soothing for you, but will keep your mind from your current worries.
Other people like creative activities like writing, coloring, or creating something.
-Finding the Right Distractions
The key here is to find the distraction that is right for YOU. Your best friend might love
using an adult coloring book, but if this does not help you, move on and find something
else that works.
-Here are a few ideas to help get you started:
- Use Music to Cope: music is a great distraction that is readily available. The trick here
is to find music you personally find relaxing or soothing. For some people, music can
actually make things worse, so experiment a little to figure out if this is right for you.
- Watch Something Relaxing: similar to music, watching TV or movies might be better
or worse. Something that stimulates you too much may not help much, and you don’t
want to watch something that creates more fear.
- Read or Listen to a Book: books provide a relaxing activity for many people, so it is
definitely worth a try. If you find it hard to focus on reading, try audio books instead.
- Try Creative Activities: creative activities not only distract your mind, but give your
hands something to do as well. Try drawing, painting, knitting, or participating in any
hobby you enjoy.
- Get Some Exercise: moving your body might be the best distraction for you. Instead
of a strenuous exercise, try keeping it light with yoga, walking, or a hike. You can also simply get out of the house to meet a friend or play with your kids or pets at home.
You may find it very difficult to find a distraction while you are suffering from anxiety. It is understandable because your mind is suffering. You may start with just watching and counting the clouds moving across the sky, listening to music, reading a book, going on a trip alone or with someone else, taking a spa day, massage, writing on your journal etc. There are many things you can do that are not on this list, but you can find something relaxing that takes your mind off your anxieties.
I hope these tips will help distract you a little when you are at a peak of anxiety. Don’t forget to visit our shop to buy our digital products.
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Great post, music or working helps me a lot when I’m having anxiety. They’re very good distractions.
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yes, you have to do them often to distract yourself from anxiety!😊
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