Feel overwhelmed? Distract yourself

If we face difficulties with our health or have had to spend time in hospital, we might be left with difficult memories that can, at times, feel overwhelming. It’s common to feel worried after having a bad experience, but there are ways to overcome this.

If you are struggling with memories, images or thoughts that you find difficult, simple distraction techniques or engaging in something you enjoy, can help.

Try visualising a place that brings a sense of peace and calmness, like a beach or forest. Think about what you would be able to hear, see, smell and touch if you were there.

Although distraction can be useful in the short term, in the longer term this approach can become less helpful. Do not hesitate to get further support for your mental health if you feel you need it.

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