Using fun healthy activities is a good way to take a break from worry, says Dr Deirdre MacIntyre clinical psychologist and director of the Institute for Child Education and Psychology Europe.
Focus on something you know that you’ll enjoy doing, she suggests.
“People think of distraction as a kind of cheating, but it is a very important strategy if you are stressed or worried.”
Plan a family outing, do some gardening, go for a brisk walk or pick out a challenging recipe from your favourite cookbook.
“It doesn’t matter what it is as long as it absorbs and distracts you,” she observes.
Although this may sound like a very simple strategy, it actually increases your positive emotions and catapults you out of a negative downward spiral, making you more energised, objective, open and optimistic in your thinking - and thereby better prepared to solve the problem.
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