Whilst it’s unhealthy to avoid addressing the pain of holding on to bitter-sweet memories, sometimes distraction from the pain is needed.

 

Please read Monday’s series posts for top tips on how to let go and move on in a lasting, sustainable way, but, in the meantime, I thought I would share with you some of the best ways to manage your pain in the short-term.

 

  • Talk to close friends and family (their emotional support will prove invaluable)
  • Read literature (this also helps develop empathy)
  • Go for a twenty minute walk (it’s been proven to lift mood)
  • Go to the movies or watch uplifting DVD’s
  • Watch TED Talks
  • Cuddle your pet (get those feel good hormones going)
  • Watch comedy (laughter is sometimes the best cure)

 

And to avoid…

 

  • Facebook or social media stalking
  • Looking at photos of them (unless they have passed away)
  • Looking at videos of them
  • Going to places which reminds you of them
  • Listening to music which reminds you of them
  • Watching movies which reminds you of them

 

Have you avoided your pain by seeking distractions? Are you ready to address the root cause of the pain and finally let go and move on by reading Monday’s posts this month? Have you ever tried these distraction techniques to ease the pain in the short-term? Please share your thoughts in the comments below to gain encouragement, insight and support from our community, we’d love to hear from you.