Positive Distractions

Erin Shea
Staff Writer

“What a week” I said to myself laying down Sunday night reflecting on the worst week I’ve had in my life.

A week that just felt like everything was going bad, no matter how hard I tried to make it right. Family issues, friend issues, bad grades, and even boy issues. All these things just kept adding up as the week went on.

I tried to read, watch movies and even just sleep to avoid my problems but I couldn’t. It made me think of them even more. I would watch a show and everything I saw would relate back to my problems.

I knew that these problems in my life were both temporary and fixable, but I just made them worse.

Finally I decided to try google, I thought “maybe if I google my situation there will be answers from other people.” That wasn’t exactly the case..

After reading article after article on “how to forgive a friend” or “getting along with my mom.” I realized that it was a waste of my time, until I came across an article about positive distractions.

A positive distraction, something that would both benefit me while taking my mind off of all of the stress and drama I had in my life.

This article consisted of ideas such as working out, painting/drawing, yoga and a few other basic ways to clear your mind. I decided that working out sounded like the only one I’d actually try.

I dug out my old running shoes along with my workout gear and headed to the gym. This not being something I usually do, felt kind of strange. I had not been in the gym in so long I didn’t even know what machine to use.

The only machine I knew to use was the treadmill, I honestly didn’t think a quick run would distract me at all, but I was wrong. I ended up running for half an hour with my playlist on shuffle not even picking my phone up once to change the song.

After my run, I felt so relaxed and like a pile of stress had been lifted off my shoulders, all my problems didn’t seem to be as serious as I thought.

Sometimes the stress can really pile on, and as much as we want to fix everything right away, it’s also important to relax, take some time to clear your mind and look at the situation after that.

Finding the right distraction for me helped, especially because it’s something that benefited me.

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