Finding a healthy distraction is a good coping technique that can help to pass the time. But when you use a distraction, do it not to struggle against or resist whatever is happening, but to pass the time in as pleasant a way as possible. Observe what is happening as they come into your awareness, without judging whatever comes as being good or bad, and gently take your attention to an activity. In this section of the website, ideas and activities for positively distracting are shared.
Again, as mentioned in the video, remember that it is most important to use a mindfulness approach when using these distractions. This means that the distractions should not be used for the purpose of avoiding or preventing the symptom.
You will need to normalize what is happening by telling yourself that how you feel (having the thoughts, nerve pain, weepiness, depersonalization, derealization, etc.) is common in withdrawal, and then let go of any resistance or need to change how things are. Also, keep in mind that there should be no expectations regarding how you will feel after. Once you have expectations you won’t be able to fully distract as you will find yourself continuously monitoring the symptom or feeling, to see if it is easing.
I hope you will find at least a few good activities and ideas shared here, to pass the time as your healing takes place.
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