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Distractions?

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heath.gxo
Hi :).

Hope your all ok?

I was wondering if anyone knew any good distractions where you can begin to calm down/take your mind of things ?

Been struggling abit with these recently.

Thank you.

Heather xx
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Emelia
Hey Heath!

I find that taking up a hobby and getting lost in it helps.

I've picked up a guitar and started teaching myself. I play it for as little or as long as I want everyday! Some daily "me time" definitely helps me reflect on my day and boost my mood

=)
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CybersmileTeam
Thanks for the post, concentrating on your breathing is good. Make sure you breath in through your nose and out through your mouth. Steady breaths, making sure you breath in and your stomach expands not your chest! Good luck : )
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CybersmileHQ
Hi Heather!

Something I've heard that can be helpful is colouring! This is becoming quite trendy for adults at the moment when people feel they need a therapeutic distraction and something calming to focus on :) You have to pay attention to what you're doing but it doesn't require too much thought, so can be ideal! If you search for "mindful colouring" online then you should find some examples and things you could print perhaps?

Hope that helps!

x
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cheeserolls
I like to go for a swim when I'm stressed out.
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melia.pond
What cybersmilehq said is a good one! I have a wreck this journal which I use only I make it look pretty, that helps. Another one I was told to do which helps when agitated and worked up is curling up in a ball and squeezing as tight as you can and then letting all the tension go. It sounds weird but it helps sometimes.
Other things such as music help, reading (my current favourite), walks often help as you get fresh air and time to think. A simple walk down the road and back can often help you to calm down. hope they help a bit, do let us know how your getting on :)
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Surferchickita
Hey Heather! :)

I like the suggestion cybersmilehq gave! I have an art therapy book which has someawesome patterns in it to colour in and some pages just for doodling, that's always a pretty good distraction. Sometimes es doing something like having candlelit bath can be nice an relaxing. I listen to music a lot when I need a distraction and try to get all the lyrics right (sounds weird) but it doesn't take much thinking and keeps your mind on the song, instead of other things. I also teach myself the piano when I'm stressed, last time I got really worked up I sat down for hours and taught myself some beethoven.
Hope your ok :)
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JoDragon
Colouring books are defiantly worth a go xD If you're artistic you can get doodle books where the image is half complete and it tells you what to draw. Such as put some animals into this ocean.

Breathing is a biggy. There is something called the 4/7 rule used for anxiety. You breathe in for four seconds and breathe out for seven. The idea being that when you're breathing too fast you've got too much oxygen that encourages your heart to beat too fast. So breathing like so not only helps with your physical breathing, but helps bring your oxygen levels down a bit.

Mindfulness too also helps. Simply lay down and only concentrate on what's happening at that time. If your mind wonders off you bring yourself back. You can concentrate noises on you can hear, smells, some people hold something to concentrate on the touch.
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Mac
Originally posted by Emelia
Hey Heath!

I find that taking up a hobby and getting lost in it helps.

I've picked up a guitar and started teaching myself. I play it for as little or as long as I want everyday! Some daily "me time" definitely helps me reflect on my day and boost my mood

=)

YouTube is a great place to learn about playing music, its like having your own teacher and you can learn the songs you know and love. There are loads of tutorial vids so you could learn almost anything, guitar, piano, art etc. :)
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Poppiepoo
I have a book, it's not a diary it's just everything, the past few years of my life, the good, the bad, the quotes I like, drawings, poems and stories. It's a great distraction! Should try it.
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CybersmileHQ
There are some really lovely ideas on here :) Nice work Cybersmilers x
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melia.pond
What other things do people do to cope? I know currently a few people have exams or tests or other stressful things going on so might be worth trying some of the suggestions above. But also when things get to much or if we're being bullied we often begin to worry lots more and our mind becomes very busy and we need eats to calm down to focus on things. So distractions can be great for this!

So far the list from what people have said looks like this.....
1) diary- poems, stories
2) drawing
3) collage of quotes etc
4) music
5) walks
6) YouTube/TV
7) playing a musical instrumenthe
8) colouring books
9) breathing! (A very important one)
10) mindfulness
11) having a bath
12) reading
13) seeing friends
14) sports


Can we think of any more? :)
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Suzanne

In reply to melia.pond

Singing! Sing at the top of your voice : )
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melia.pond
Originally posted by Suzanne
Singing! Sing at the top of your voice : )

I never thought of this one... but yes such a great idea!!!!!!! :D
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Petula
Meditation is great for calming the inner self. There are loads of ways of doing it so you could google it up and choose what style you like the sound of.
Also singing is great, especially if its a song you love!
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kitty
I sing all the time in my room to calm down its actually a good way to calm down (Sneezes)
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heath.gxo
Aww thank you so much everyone!!These are such good ideas. I have made a note of them and going to try some of them out. Thank you again :-) very helpfull.

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