Escapism, defined as the tendency to escape reality by engaging in mental; or physical activities capable of diverting your attention or disconnecting you from the realities of your worries; or challenges, has received a lot of attention in the previous week. It’s an activity that most of us engage in without realizing it’s escapism. In our previous post, we discussed how escapism can be harmful to our productivity. However, when used strategically, escapisms can help you focus more, relax your frazzled nerves; and even improve your ability to learn new habits.
Aside from the stress caused by our daily struggles, there are other emotional and environmental stresses that we face on a daily basis. In order to cope, we frequently avoid reality by engaging in activities that divert our attention away from our concerns. It can be tempting to seek stress relief through escapism at times. The more difficult life becomes, the more people seek fulfilment in other vices such as; drugs and alcoholism, and the further they stray from reality into addiction and depression.
Engaging in positive and productive mental activities, on the other hand, can be beneficial. As humans, our imaginations can help us relieve stress by providing us with time and space to better deal with our problems. Using mental techniques such as meditation has proven to be effective in relaxing not only our minds but also our bodies.
Form new habits
In order to escape the realities of life, the hurt, the challenges, and other negative experiences that make us unhappy; we engage in activities that may become habits in the long run. Sometimes you find yourself immersed in a book you didn’t want to read before. Engaging in positive activities such as reading, hiking, and other enjoyable activities on a regular basis will train you to do so whenever you want to be happy. You may think this is abstract, but look within; you will find that one activity to which you are drawn whenever you want to escape the troubles of the world or whenever you want to relax.
The third point is a synthesis of the first and second. Because escapism works by providing us with a much-needed distraction through the relaxation of our minds and the alleviation of stress, it is capable of making us think more effectively, helping us look at things and situations more rationally and logically. Meditation is one activity that can assist us in attaining balanced focus.
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