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Wellbeing Life Hacks

Life Hack #89: Healthy Distractions

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by stress or struggle to focus on tasks? Have you ever thought about how things like hobbies, exercise, or even gaming can actually be good for you? Well, healthy distractions might just be a helpful tool. By taking a conscious time-out from your negative, unconscious, and habitual ways of thinking, you can reduce the intensity of negative emotions and make them easier to handle. Plus, distraction can buy you time! When feeling stuck or overwhelmed, a healthy distraction can help give us space to consider solutions that weren't obvious in the intensity of the moment. Sometimes our minds just need a break and then we can come back and look at the issue from a fresh perspective. Consider trying some healthy distractions when needed like talking to a friend, reading a book, or going for a walk in nature. Or you may find internal soothing strategies like mindfulness and journaling helpful. Don't let your thoughts weigh you down, make a list of what healthy distractions might be useful for you!

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