Distractions Can Help You Heal

Distractions can help you heal when you need tools for recovery

Distractions can help you heal – it may seem impossible at first. You’re so down in the dumps and feeling lonely. You may be angry at yourself for enduring a bad relationship, but you may also be angry at the person/people you have to leave behind.

There are distractions that can help you heal from lost relationships. Distractions can also work to restore the you that used to be. Here’s how. Are you dwelling on a the grief of a toxic relationship lost? Sounds weird to say you miss a person who hurt you, but it’s all too true that we often miss the people who abused us. It’s not easy to get over relationships that we wanted and hoped would be nourishing and lasting. When bad relationships are over, for whatever the reason, we may feel so sad we tell ourselves it wasn’t so bad, even when it was. read more

Distract yourself with positivity and healthy activities

We’re not saying to ignore your feelings, but you can’t dwell on the past. That’s not healthy, either. Accept and acknowledge your emotions, but in order to work through them, there are steps you should take. Talk to a professional, speak with a sponsor, mentor, or trusted friend. Journal your feelings. There’s something about writing down your thoughts and seeing them that helps you come to terms with the reality of any roadblocks. Focus your energy elsewhere; the past will always be there, but it doesn’t define you. Go for a jog, meditate, find a meeting that you think will help you heal.

For more words of wisdom, check out Lindsey Glass’s new book:

Surviving a toxic past
100 Tips For Growing Up

Easy to understand and simple to implement


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Lindsey Glass

Lindsey Glass is the co-founder of Reach Out Recovery. Her 2016 ASAM Media Award winning documentary, The Secret World Of Recovery, has helped to lift the stigma from addiction and recovery and is used in recovery programs nationwide to show what life is like on the other side of addiction. Lindsey's teen prevention documentary, The Silent Majority, was distributed to PBS stations nationwide by American Public Television in 2014-15. Lindsey has written dozens of popular articles on recovery. She is a recovery advocate and frequent keynote speaker. Lindsey is the author of 100 Tips for Growing Up, My 20 Years of Recovery, 2019. Before focusing on recovery, Lindsey was a TV and screenwriter. She has worked in publishing, web development, and marketing.

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