Somedays you need a break. Somedays you just need to look away from the normal and lock your gaze on something new and different.
You live better, when you do. A new perspective, a new background, a new short term focus helps the blood pressure decrease, the muscles relax, the future look brighter.
Times change and with that, responsibilities often become different. New responsibilities can be stressful – confining and confusing at times. These are the moments when distraction becomes important.
There are days I need multiple distractions… how about you? So leaving home or always having to purchase something for my personal “entertainment” is not always in my best interest.
When looking for distractions, there are a few things we can do quickly, without leaving home:
a. Find a box of photos that need sorting – photos bring good memories to mind, organizing anything from photos to cans in the pantry will provide a bit of distraction and a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.
b. Survey the pantry and freezer for meals that can be prepared and frozen for the future. You’ll be glad for the distraction and happy when you are too frenzied to cook.
c. Choose one window and clean it thoroughly. Add a drop of your favorite essential oil to the water… like lavender and lemon.
d. Lock yourself in a quiet room with a facial mask and quiet music. Wrap yourself in a warm robe and just close your eyes for 20 minutes… you’ll be fresh and feel energized for the next phase of the day.
e. Match socks. Shell pecans. Shred Cheese for tomorrow. Shine shoes. Mindless activities can provide a welcome distraction from a busy world.
f. Find time to read. Even one chapter will offer a distraction. Sometimes I need to read the same chapter 3 times, to actually understand it (concentration required), but for a short break… holding a book, looking at the words and illustrations can be a welcome break, when you can’t really leave the room.
These are just a few ideas, there are so many more that don’t require leaving home, spending money or gathering tons of supplies. The point is, when life gets too busy and you find your muscles tightening and your heart racing with frustration, find a distraction for a minute or twenty.
It’s all about living better… everyday.