Sorry, I Get Distracted

I have not been writing a whole lot for the past couple of weeks. I’ve just been so busy! There are things to do, places to go, people to meet, and just a long list of appointments to meet.

Distracted. I’ve been distracted.

By things to do, I meant wander around the house and figure myself out. Places to go? I meant browsing the breakfast menu at McDonald’s. I had no people to meet, unless meeting my children for the one hundredth time in one day counts. Those appointments? I took the baby to get his vaccines. One day, last week.

I could have written a post almost every day, but truthfully, I’ve just been sidetracked. Unfortunately, my anxiety forces me to do that, a lot. If you have anxiety, I’m sure this happens to you, too. I don’t call it procrastination (although, I do this, as well), but I prefer the term distraction, because I am doing the task, I’ll just see something shiny while I’m working and divert my attention towards the shiny.

Sometimes, It takes me a whole morning to write half a post. I could be writing, then I’ll think of something else and am immediately curious as to how it works, why it works, and why I can’t get my make up to look like those YouTube makeup tutorials. (Seriously. Someone explain this to me.)

See? It happened, again. There I was, receiving a notification for Candy Crush, and I went to look at awesome sand art. I’m sure it was just anxiety. Yeah, anxiety.

It actually can be the culprit, though. According to Anxiety Centre, two of the most common reasons anxiety causes distraction are behaving apprehensively and an overly stressed body.

Basically, you’re overly stressed. So, I’m overly stressed 24/7. Sounds about right.

But, why? Quoting the same source:

“Part of the stress response changes include changing how the brain functions so that areas of the brain more critical for survival are enhanced and those less critical to survival are suppressed. For example, the amygdala (the fear center of the brain) becomes more active and the cortex (the rationalization areas of the brain) becomes suppressed. This change makes us more acutely aware of and reactive to danger but also reduces our ability to concentrate and focus, which can make it seem like we are easily distracted.”

That explains it. We are just one intriguing “how it’s made” video away from an unproductive day.

Oh! A new My Little Pony Movie trailer is out!

Love you!
-Courtney

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4 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for writing about this. It was just what I needed to read today, and explained so much. šŸ™‚

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  2. Yay!!! Missed you!!! I did the same thing for several weeks too!! I swear I get over inundated with stuff – whatever stuff things I want to write about, chores, whatever, that I get overwhelmed and collapse into myself; a messy heap of whining and distractions hehehe

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    1. Aw, I missed you too!!! šŸ˜šŸ˜šŸ˜šŸ˜šŸ’—šŸ’—šŸ’— I figured I would write about something all too familiar this time! I’m more of a “I have to drop this important task to study this leaf”type of person, myself! šŸ˜ one day we will figure it out!

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