Stop Distracting Yourself.
Many individuals may choose distraction as a response to anxiety.
Examples of distraction include: watching a television show, watching a movie, reading, working out, playing a video game, taking a shower or bubble bath, going out with friends, cooking, etc.
Essentially, many individuals may try to participate in an enjoyable activity hoping that anxiety will decrease as a result.
However, these individuals may find that anxiety is still present after the distraction activity is completed.
So then these individuals may attempt to keep themselves busy all the time to feel less anxious.
In my opinion, this approach isn’t healthy or sustainable. Constantly trying to find something to keep yourself busy with sounds exhausting to me.
Don’t get me wrong. Participating in enjoyable activities is wonderful for self-care. I don’t believe that participating in self-care activities alone will reduce your anxiety, though.
I believe that by distracting yourself, you are not dealing with your anxiety. I believe that you are just putting it off.
I strongly believe that your anxiety gets stronger each time you distract, avoid or block.
So what do I recommend?
I coach my clients to learn how to face their anxious thoughts AND utilize self-care strategies to maintain an overall healthy lifestyle.
Facing your thoughts is not easy.
However, the result can be an actual reduction in anxiety and the ability to live your life moment by moment.
I call that long-term gratification.