How are Distractions Stressing You Out?
We are drowning in a sea of our own distractions. From careers, family, social media, podcasts, vlogs, video games, community events, kids’ activities, and on and on it goes. The amount of activities we can participate in is endless. Yet, the majority of these activities are nothing but a distraction in our lives. And if we dig a little deeper, we can probably admit they are keeping us from doing some greater work in our lives.
The problem with these unidentified distractions is that if we don’t acknowledge them they will keep on growing. We will move from activity to activity attempting to find some purpose or meaning in life. Once we have become bored with one activity we are off to purpose another. Because there will always be another shiny object to chase.
The eventual result of this lifestyle is living in survival mode. Within survival mode you will become more stressed, anxious, and depressed in a futile pursuit which will never fulfill your life. The results of this lifestyle is a society not completely understanding how to effectively life in this life. You can either relate to the following statistics or know someone close to you in one of these situations.
* 75% of adults reported experiencing moderate to high levels of stress in the past month and nearly half reported that their stress has increased in the past year. (American Psychological Association)
* Approximately 1 out of 75 people may experience panic disorder before reaching adulthood. (National Institutes of Mental Health)
* Stress is a top health concern for U.S. teens between 9th and 12th grade; psychologists say that if they don’t learn healthy ways to manage stress now, it could have serious long-term health implications. (American Psychological Association)
* 80% of workers feel stress on the job and nearly half say they need help in learning how to manage stress. And 42% say their co-workers need such help. (American Institute of Stress)
The effects of this stress and anxiety are causing health issues which are getting way out of control.
* 43% of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress.
* About 3.4% of the U.S. population suffers from serious psychological distress
* 75% to 90% of all doctor’s office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints.
* Stress can play a part in problems such as headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression, and anxiety.
* Around one-third of adults reported experiencing feeling nervous or anxious (36%), irritability or anger (35%), and fatigue (34%) due to their stress in the past year.
If you truly want to turn the tide of this type of living, then you have to get honest about how you live life. Then you need to look closely at the distractions in your life to understand why you engage in them on a consistent basis.
Admit You Are Distracted
The first step is to simply admit you are distracted. Unless you live like a hermit or under a rock somewhere you are probably engaged in society in some way. This means you have news, social media, papers, games, events, parties, and community activities which can all take up your time. Some of these activities are good, but there are probably many more activities which are nothing but a time suck.
If you have a difficult time sitting still and concentrated at any given time. Mainly because you mind is racing a hundred miles an hour, you are probably distracted. Unfortunately you are probably no different than everyone around you, which is why you don’t notice. But, like any problem you deal with in life, the first step is to actually admit it is a problem.
Identify Those Distractions
Once you have made the simple step of admitting you have a problem, you can begin the process of identifying those distractions. These distractions could come in many different forms: relationships, technology, career, family, hobbies, or entertainment. The point here is to identify those activities you participate in to simply numb your mind.
Be honest to identify areas which really have no value. You engage in these activities to simply get away, stop thinking for a while, or not deal with the more pertinent issues in your life. Within a few minutes you should be able to identify at least 5 different activities you do on a weekly basis which you could limit or stop all together. Within the context of removing these activities you are finding time and space in order to be more productive with your time and life.
Choose the Thrival Life
You have more choices in your life than you realized. Unfortunately by you not choosing the Thrival Life you are allowing the lack of decision to infiltrate your life with numerous distractions, keeping you in survival mode. It is extremely important you choose to live a thriving life. By choosing a certain point on a map, you are eliminating all other roads on the map except the ones which take you to your destination. If you do not choose a specific point in your life then your distracted by every new pathway you come upon wondering if you should see where it goes.
Make a conscious effort to choose the Thrival Life. A life with commitment, passion, and purpose. Throw off the days of living in survival mode simply because you don’t know how to change. Stop letting these distractions keep you from go on your next great adventure.
Take time to pause in your own life and see all the distractions which are dragging you down. The distractions of life, social media, work, community, church, or even family. Some distraction you may not be able to eliminate. Others you may have to incorporate into your life (like with friends and family). The point is to not let another day go by with distractions controlling your day, instead of you controlling your distractions.
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