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Distractions are similar to candy in that they provide a pleasing flavor but are bad for your teeth.

A distraction is the act of diverting someone's or a group's attention away from a desired area of focus, impeding or reducing the reception of desired information.

A distraction lurks around every corner; the trick is to resist being thrown off. It's possible that playing video games, avoiding gunshots, and noticing red flags are all part of daily life. Depending on how distracted you become, distractions can be good or dangerous.

Even if you have a busy and frantic schedule, having a motivational person check in and breathe life into you every now and then can be a nice, healthy diversion. Distractions can let you disconnect and appreciate a distinct aspect of life that isn't currently on your radar.

A distraction, on the other hand, could be considered a negative. Lust and/or having a sexual drive are two examples of this. For both men and women, lust is one of the most common sources of distraction. Although you're married, you've developed affections for a newly hired employee. Later, this employee invites you out for drinks or supper in a more intimate situation.

Using substances such as drugs and alcohol to distract yourself from pain or unwanted thoughts and sensations. For many of us, social media can be a big source of distraction if we allow it to be. You have a report due the next day, but you're binge-watching episodes of Love and Hip Hop. You need to finish a company news release, but the alluring Youtube and Tik Tok videos are luring you away.

What causes a distraction?

Distractions are commonly associated with anything unpleasant, however they are frequently caused by a lack of attention capacity, a lack of interest in a person or object, or the novelty or attractiveness of something other than the major focus of your attention. Both external and internal distractions are possible.

As we go into a new phase of the pandemic, we'll see several adjustments implemented to aid in the prevention of the disease's spread and the ability to function in society safely. We are offered different headlines that sometimes distract us from the greater picture of some events, even though we hear multiple updates and anecdotes. Mandates, for example, are an example of how to keep the spread of variants under control that I've lately seen. Throughout these reports, we've been introduced to a few other topics that are equally significant.

More news is coming out about the government running out of money, new abortion laws that have been approved, the R. Kelly allegations, an oil disaster in the ocean, missing person reports, the need for booster injections, immunizations that will be accessible to children ages 5-11, and the list goes on. These are just a few instances of things that could be considered a distraction from what we should be concentrating on. The dilemma is, how do we distinguish between what is important and what is only a distraction that requires your attention?

Isn't it a little tricky at times?

It is critical that we be present every day. Mindfulness is an excellent approach to get away from distractions. Consider the following questions: Does this serve my highest good? Will this have a positive or negative impact on me? Why is this person, location, or thing causing me to be distracted?

Everything happens in its own time; be patient with yourself.

Be well.

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#therapeutic #tuesday - The Tuesday Take Away

Are You Mentally Well?

Mental Health in the United States

We tend to take the minor things for granted in life. We didn't know how important something was until it was gone, and how much better we could have managed it if it had been with us. One of these things is mental wellness. Some people are still cautious to bring up the subject of mental health. Others are unconcerned about their mental health in general.

Mental illness is still the "elephant in the room" in home, work, and school. We're aware of the problem but prefer to remain silent about it.

I've often wondered why people are so scared to speak up about something that we can all connect to and about which we should all be deeply worried.

Nowadays, one of the most common problems we see our ordinary American face is dealing with mental health difficulties. You don't have to be diagnosed with a mental health issue to recognize that managing it is difficult for you. Stress, frustration, worry, and other mental agony can alter how we live, behave, think, and feel about other people, places, and things.

Because it requires them to sit down and be present with their thoughts and feelings, some people avoid treating their mental health. We must understand that escaping from these emotions or thoughts through people, places, or things simply makes things worse.

Anxiety disorders, panic attacks, OCD, sadness, bipolar disorder, mood disruption disorders, phobias, eating disorders, personality disorders, PTSD, schizophrenia, and other mental health diseases are just a few examples.

Mental health problems are caused by a variety of factors. These may include but are not limited to:

Genetics and family history, life experiences, unresolved negative emotions (stress, guilt, shame, etc. ), pregnancy exposure, medical conditions, isolation, abandonment difficulties, childhood trauma, and abuse history are all factors to consider. The most important question is HOW? How do you deal with these problems? What kind of services or programs can we build and give to the general population to address these issues? What can we do to increase awareness?

When does mental health get a lot of attention?

Mental health is sometimes utilized as a "get out of jail free" card." Many tragic cases in which people claim mental illness as a justification for their awful inhumane behavior are seen and heard. News of mass shootings in schools, supermarkets, movie theaters, and other public areas where children and adults congregate are examples.

We frequently witness footage of a "shooter" who has had a mental health crisis or has been diagnosed with a disease. If this is the case, and it is, where, in my perspective, is the history of our communities or, more importantly, parents lobbying for programs that can aid with managing the mental health issue of concern? The question is what you've done to guarantee that the problem is correctly handled, and what efforts you've taken to avoid a scenario like this from escalating.

And after that, what happens? There's more to dealing with a mental health problem than popping pills. We need to delve deeper and come up with approaches that are healthful, self-paced, and provide long-term benefits.

On the other hand, there are some people who are having difficulty managing their mental health difficulties and are looking for services that will help them.

Let's look at mental health in the United States in more detail.

Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, mental health was always prevalent, and the number of mental ailments has continued to climb. According to an online American mental health database, both children and adults' mental health is declining.

In compared to the 9.1% reported the previous year, 9.7% of our youth in the United States are depressed. Adults are having more suicidal thoughts than ever before. Between 2016-2017 and 2017-2018, the number of people in the United States who had serious suicidal thoughts increased by 0.15 percent, or 460,000 people, compared to the previous year's numbers.

There is still a scarcity of mental health treatment for both children and adults. During the 2017-2018 school year, 60 percent of children with severe depression received no mental health treatment. Over 38% of people do not obtain the mental health care they require, even in the states with the best availability.

Only 27.3 percent of children with severe depression received treatment on a regular basis. 23.6 percent of adults with mental disorders reported unmet treatment needs in 2017-2018. This figure has stayed constant since 2011.

The number of persons with mental illnesses who are uninsured has grown for the first time since the Affordable Care Act's passage (ACA). In the United States, there are 5.1 million adults who are uninsured. This ratio varies significantly by state: in New Jersey (ranked #1), 2.5 percent of those with AMI are uninsured, compared to 23 percent in Wyoming (ranked #51).

Finally, even though there are numerous initiatives that encourage mental health wellbeing, we should advocate for more. As part of the educational curriculum, mental health wellness initiatives should be included. Mental health services should be available in hospitals, community centers, and any other agency that focuses on individuals.

Be Well.

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Updated: Oct 7, 2021

Word for the day is: MANIPULATION

Manipulation is a behavior that involves controlling or influencing someone or something in a dishonest manner such that they are unaware of it. Almost everything we see nowadays has been manipulated in some way. Many people use manipulation to gain influence over someone, somewhere, or something.

When it comes to employing manipulation as a tool, it can be beneficial. Managers can motivate their employees to achieve some of their goals when they are used positively. When used in a physical aspect, such as alternative medicine, manipulation can be useful. This can include chiropractic services, exercise, yoga, and other treatments that use the body's tissue and muscle.

When does manipulation become a problem?

Since manipulation is all about self-control, many people use it to exert control over

others. Manipulation can take the form of someone doing something they know they shouldn't do but do nonetheless in order to feed their ego.

You are aware that a person has feelings for you, but you have chosen to ignore those feelings in order to play off the individual's emotions. This person then tries to take advantage of the fact that the other person likes you by attempting to obtain something that they desire. Money, time, gifts, energy, attention, and a variety of other items could be among them.

When someone confronts another person about their activities, they say things like "I didn't know," "if I knew, I wouldn't have done that," and "why didn't you tell me?" Gaslighting is when someone says things like "I didn't know," "if I knew, I wouldn't have done that," and "why didn't you tell me?"

Manipulation can occasionally be a woman who has developed feelings for a married male coworker. Even though the worker is married, the female employee uses seduction, exposing attire, and flattery to persuade the male coworker to yearn after her and even become involved with her.

Manipulation also includes withholding facts from someone. The expression "I tell you what I want you to know" is frequently used, yet it can be harmful, especially in love relationships. This type of manipulation confuses the receiver by leaving them with ambiguous information. You're attempting to control the narrative by withholding information, leading the other person's perspective and feelings to fluctuate.

Manipulation can be demonstrated in circumstances where you employ items that the other person likes since you know you'll want them to do or give you something. A person who ordinarily does not compliment you does so in order to ask for a favor a few days later. Another example is a lady cooking her husband's favorite dinner and then asking for a loan.

Manipulation is the practice of paying or giving money or gifts to those who agree to take a vaccine. Many people's ideas are frequently manipulated by the media. We are shown what we are supposed to see and hear at any given time, with no way of knowing whether or not what we are seeing is truly happening in real-time.

Control is linked to manipulation, and many people love manipulating others because it offers them a sense of power and immediate fulfillment.

If we wish to improve the world, we must first examine within, recognize the true problem, and attempt to solve it. Be the change you want to see in the world.

Be well.

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