Do you really think distractions work?

Discussion in 'Suicidal Thoughts and Feelings' started by dying_inside, Mar 4, 2016.

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  1. dying_inside

    dying_inside Well-Known Member

    Everybody online and IRL keep telling me to try to distract myself. do you think they work better than getting at the core of the problema and solve it?
  2. Petal

    Petal SF dreamer Staff Member Safety & Support SF Supporter

    Distractions work for me greatly whether it be music or calling someone or cleaning fiercely to release the tension, it works. Use distractions when you don't have something like counselling to help you to get to the core of your issues. Try it and keep at it, maybe it will work for you, maybe it won't but it is worth trying.
  3. ThePhantomLady

    ThePhantomLady Safety and Support SF Supporter

    I find that a combination helps. But ultimately it is always better to work on the issues that is causing the behavior.
    But distractions are worth it in desperate moments.
  4. James5706

    James5706 SF Supporter

    To be totally honest, I don't think distractions "cure" the "inner" reason, why you feel the way you do. But distractions take your mind off the feeling down/depressed, or worse.... And that alone can't be a bad thing to get you through the day or night. Surely?
    For me personally, it's a combination of keeping busy, (which keeps your mind off how you feel), but in conjunction with psychiatric help, or counselling. For me I found counselling (Not CBT) so much better than a Psychiatrist. I find the trick with counselling, is finding someone you can relate to, or "click" with. After all, you may be telling him/her your most inner thoughts. If you're not totally confident in them, you're unlikely to speak openly, which generally means you don't tell the whole truth. If that happens, you're less likely to get the best help possible from them. I also appreciate some countries will not give free counselling. In that case, distraction techniques are at least a start. And visiting this forum also helps.
    It took me a long time, (and help from my counsellor) to understand that some comments or actions of others made towards me, may not be the way I had interpreted them. Which for me, I believed was usually in a bad way, in my eyes. But this was mainly due to my negative state of mind......
    And if free help psychiatric help is not free in your area, keeping busy, and going out visiting people, places, or socialising. After all it's better than staying alone at home dwelling on the bad things in your life.
    Good luck to you.
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