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Distractions

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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