In the Flow with Healing Waters
The definition of distraction – a thing that prevents someone from giving full attention to something else.
It can result in extreme agitation of the mind or emotions causing symptoms like anxiety.
Are distractions the reason you are feeling anxious?
Let’s get clear, distractions in themselves do not cause anxiety, it is the byproduct of distraction that can cause anxiety.
Some distractions are welcomed and are not a problem, it only becomes a problem when it develops into anxiety and the anxiety owns you.
Distractions can temporarily help anxiety
If you are overly anxious a nice distraction can calm the mind. This does not fix anxiety, it simply takes you away from it for a while, managing it at the moment by putting a band-aid on it. That said, anxiety oftentimes returns with more energy than before.
In this blog, we are addressing the connection between distractions and how it can produce anxiety, and what might be helpful for you. Using distractions to deal with anxiety, you are not addressing what is really going on and what is causing anxiety in the first place.
Have you ever been really excited about a project when it is flowing easily and during the project you had to stop for some reason? Was it difficult to get back to the project?
Sometimes it takes hours, days, weeks, months, even years to get back in the flow and get it done and sometimes it never gets completed.
How does it make you feel?
You know it must be addressed and the longer it takes to get to it the more it is in the back of your mind nagging at you, and a feeling begins to rise in your body.
How do you feel, frustrated and anxious?
Distraction takes traction away from your action.
When you procrastinate by using distractions it feels great at that moment. It feels great that you don’t have to address the issue/the project at that time. However, if you are needed to complete the project or the issue, it will keep showing up for you and anxiety settles in. This is because the uneasy feeling of not wanting to look at it becomes the stop point. This means- you are stopping your action = distraction.
Now here comes the part that might be hard to accept.
It is your personal choice to be distracted or not, it is your choice on the amount of time it takes to return back to action with the issue or project.
Not recognizing the distraction can show up as anxiety at its peak.
What can you do about it?
Believe it or not you do not have to live with anxiety.
This doesn’t mean that you will never get nervous or ever feel anxiety again. Feeling anxious for a moment is different than anxiety owning you and living with it most of the time. When you recognize that feeling and you begin to own it, you begin to understand this is simply nerves waking you up to something. If the nervousness owns you it takes over and it becomes anxiety.
The questions are:
Do you own your anxiety or does your anxiety own you?
What does it take to own your anxiety?
Adding to the frustration, you may experience the feeling of self-doubt, feeling the time restraints or feeling overwhelmed.
Break it down for yourself. What do you have control over?
How do you want to be in your life?
Are you good living with anxiety or would you rather own your anxiety?
You get to choose, starting today, right now!
- First, start to recognize the feeling you have within your body when you feel anxious
- Take a breath and be still for a moment
- Address the thoughts you are having that cause this response in your body.
- Take another breath and feel your breath in your body
- Get clear – Identify if this is your issue or is it someone else’s issue.
- If it is yours, you can do something about it. If it is someone else’s issue remove yourself. (If you feel as though you must help, you can suggest they get help from a professional)
- Take another breath – now feel your body expand and contract with the breath, pause, be still, there is no hurry.
- If this feeling is yours, begin to understand that there are many factors of anxiety and yours is specific to you.
- If distraction and overwhelm consume you and you don’t know how to manage it on your own. Remember there is help, you can reach out to us at HWHC or other professionals to empower you back to your natural well-being.
- FEW THINGS ARE A REAL EMERGENCY – When we are hurried and rush, It creates more anxiety. LEARN TO BE STILL, BREATH, AND TAKE YOUR TIME!
Manage your time, you might need more time to:
- Gather more information.
- Get materials together.
- Find more people to help.
- For the weather to cooperate.
As you address these needs you will begin to see your anxiety is not an issue.
You begin to settle into more present time and continuing your action.
Distractions become less and you feel great about how you are with your accomplishments.
Distractions destroy action ~ If it’s not moving you towards your purpose, leave it alone.
Enjoy and Stay in your Flow