When you are dealing with stress, while finding a distraction may seem like a good idea, it’s often better to face your feelings head-on.
By Carol Rickard
While I was doing a radio interview last week at Rider University, the host of the show raised the idea of using “distraction” as a way of managing stress.
I quickly but gently pointed out that distraction IS NOT a very effective stress tool & then explained why…
I took my soda bottle and shook it up, creating a lot of pressure inside the bottle.
Once the pressure starts to build up inside, it doesn’t go anywhere on it’s own.
This is important so let me say it again!
Once the pressure starts to build up inside—it stays there. And if we DO NOTHING to release it, it will just stay there!
This is exactly what happens to us when it comes to stress!
Life shakes us up and when the pressure builds up inside of us, it equals STRESS.
And if we DO NOTHING to release it, it too will just stay there!
Now, coming back to the idea of using “distraction” as a way of managing stress…
Imagine once I shake up my bottle of soda, I simply put it back in the refrigerator. If you’ve ever had this happen to you, then you know it’s a mess waiting to happen…
Because the next person who takes the bottle out of the refrigerator, goes to open it up, and SURPRISE…it flies out all over them and the floor!
Creating a big mess!
And this is exactly what happens to us when it comes to stress when we use “distraction”!
We end up with…
A BIG STRESS MESS!
I hope you can see how “distraction” IS NOT a very effective stress tool.
Instead, it just has us AVOIDING STRESS--it does nothing to release it and only leads us to a STRESS MESS!
Which is why we need to have plenty of LifeTOOLS around to help us manage it!
~ To Living Well TODAY!~
via Esperanza – Hope To Cope
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