I don’t know about you but sometimes I get so busy I forget about anything but work. And you?
I guess it’s obvious that I love what I do. However, I’m learning to not let what I do be my total focus. Sometimes I just need a distraction to help me find the balance I know I need.
Distractions like those listed below will help you de-stress and temporarily get your mind off of those things that we think we must do. If you are facing struggles at home or work… it might just give you a long enough pause to whisk you away to a better place – temporarily, at least – and once you’ve had your distraction, deliver you back with a fresh attitude to face whatever challenges that come next.
Taking your mind off things makes for a great get-away. Distraction can take our minds off a troubling problem, and that can often lead to our minds working on the problem in the background, in our subconscious. It can also lead to inspiration. It’s important that you do something that you do not ordinarily do. Make sure your distraction is something, especially an amusement, that totally distracts. Part of the value of distraction is that our minds need an occasional break. Make time for a self-serving interlude.
• Take a one-day vacation ~ Do what YOU wanna do!
• Get in touch with your silly side
• Wear “Mickey” ears to the grocery store
• Tell someone something you’ve never told anyone
• Go overnight camping in the living room
• For six (6) hours give up Facebook. Use a timer.
• Eat some S’mores
• Use the Internet, Facebook, etc., to look up a friend you haven’t seen for years
• Engage in hilarity
• Make a banana split
• Quietly pray the Lord’s Prayer slow and out loud
• Indulge in raucous laughter
• Treat yourself to a pedicure (you too, guys!)
• Go fishing. Don’t like fishing? Go anyway!
• Eat a yogurt. See how long you can make it last. Dip the spoon & lick the spoon.
• Paint something (besides your nails)
• Stay in your jammies all day long
• Be kooky – whatever that means to you 😉
• Write a 12-line poem (prose) about something or someone you love
• Hug someone unexpectedly ~ make it last a little longer than usual.
• Wait till after lunch to check your e-mail
• Dump your “to do” list for a day
• Stand in front of a mirror and hug yourself for no less than 3 minutes
• Open a window and just look outside for 5 minutes. Make a list of what you observe.
• Give up caffeinated drinks for one day
• Eat some chocolate!
• Take a full day without answering your phone or connecting to the internet.
• Spend 30 minutes each day for one week working on a picture puzzle
• Visit a casino. Take a $20 bill and see how long you can play the nickel slots
• Challenge someone to a water-gun duel
• Take a one-mile walk. Don’t rush. Count your steps
• Wear a fake tattoo for a whole day
• Call someone you haven’t talk to for at least six months
• Sing (out loud) several times a day. Use a Post-It® to remind you.
• Read a good book ~ How to Really Love the One You’re With is a good one! 😉
• Clean out a messy, junk drawer
• Light several candles just before you go to bed. Choose one of them to watch. Think about something you are grateful for.
• Write yourself an “I love you because…” letter. Put it in a self-addressed envelope and give it to a friend to mail to you 3 months later. It will most likely arrive the time you most need to read it!
• Give up something that you know is not good for you. Use a Post-It® to remind you to keep your promise.
• Take a quiet 30-minute nap at a time that you would not normally do so.
• Eat some more chocolate! 😉
Okay. Now it’s your turn. Either be distracted by putting some of the above ideas to use or make up a few of your own.
Copyright © 2013 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” Larry James is a professional speaker, author, relationship coach and an award winning nondenominational Wedding Officiant. He performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere. Something NEW about relationships is posted every 4th day on this Relationships BLOG.
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