Hear me out.
Distractions aren’t all bad. Really.
We need them. We can’t do this “work” non-stop.
It’s not an all in, all out sort of thing. Pauses are essential.
What matters, is that you are using distractions the right way, with the right intent.
Make sure you are not over consuming them (manage the time allowed), using the wrong ones (drugs/alcohol/etc), or doing them for the wrong reasons.
If you need a break, to recharge or just shut your brain down for a while (anyone else just finish Inventing Anna?) then by all means, go for it.
But if you are doing it because you wan’t to distract from your pain or the areas that need tending to, then this isn’t going to work forever.
What you don’t deal with, will show up in VERY inconvenient ways (ask me how I know…)
One last thought on distractions— the most common misleading distraction is the one in which you try to help heal others. Why? because it feels productive and good. “Good” things can’t be “bad,” right? WRONG. This is the most convenient way to keep you avoiding your own stuff. It is also a sure fire way to leave you exhausted. Don’t let it happen, friend.
Learn to spot the difference between a healthy “pause” and an unhealthy distraction. You will know when you feel energized, focused and ready to get back to work, because pauses do just that.