Jul 26

How Can Self-Distraction be a Mood-Booster?

In an hour, you are about to make the most important client presentation, this business deal can make or break your promotion. Instead of reviewing your report, all you can think of is “What if I make a mistake and I suddenly think blankly?” but if someone is there beside you that you can talk to, you probably won’t have to be in a panic state of mind.

Loading your mind with stuff that makes you worry and the inability to self-distract can make the situation worse. Imagine yourself sitting and waiting in an area where you await your own operation to begin. You are alone and there is nothing to distract you away from your worries and doubts.

Distractions can be a curse or a blessing in certain situations. When we can’t give our undivided attention to what we are supposed to be doing, it makes us miss out on deadlines or fail to deliver expectations. Although they seem to take us away from our priorities, what other purpose do they serve in our lives? How do we use them to our advantage and make sure they serve us well?

Distractions can pull us out of doing far more important things to do but it also shifts our attention away from the pains of daily life. When you are in the hype of frustration but you decide to turn the music on, you shift your negative energy to focus on a situation that feels better and that uplifts your mood that is through listening to your favorite songs.

Through a research led by Harvard University Researcher in Psychology, Shelly Carson, revealed that when someone is under the influence of distraction, their mood can develop from depression to normal and continues to move upwardly. According to Carson, an individual has the power to purposefully better his mood by inviting distractive activities. Simplest exercise suggestion would be noticing and feeling the fabric you are wearing or noticing the noise in the environment outside. According to psywellness.com.sg, low mood deserves wellness, any distractive activities can help alleviate the heightened emotions.

Notice the new things that surround you and these distractions will open your mind and attention. While some distractive approaches are individualistic, social engagement is also a helpful material for an individual to shift his focus unto others. The most common social method is ventilation. Venting for an individual who is filled with negativities allows him to release his clogging tension and gives him the chance to seek a second opinion from a listener’s point of view.

Employing distractive emotional activity to aid unwanted moods can make a person achieve a sense of calmness and stress reduction. So the next time your mood needs some lifting, make sure you are not distraction-proof!

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