Distractions to Refocus Your Mindset

Romancing the Road to Recovery

A way to remember these skills is the phrase: “Wise Mind ACCEPTS”

Distracting Attention

With Activities:

  • Refocus your attention to a task you have to get done
  • Watch TV or a movie
  • Clean a room in your house
  • Find an event to go to
  • Play a computer/video game
  • Go for a walk
  • Play a sport
  • Go out for a meal
  • Call a friend


With Contributing:

  • Find somewhere to volunteer
  • Surprise someone with something nice
  • Give away things you don’t need
  • Send an encouraging message
  • Call someone just to say hi
  • Do something thoughtful


With Comparisons:

  • Compare how you are feeling now to a time you felt different
  • Think about people coping the same as you (you’re not alone)


With Opposite Emotions:

  • Reread a book that opened up your emotions
  • Read old letters
  • Half a deep conversation
  • Write yourself a letter to your younger self


With Pushing Away:

  • Push the situation away…

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