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The Art of Distraction – Kids and teens, by Francesca Smith

Posted By HMSA Social Media Coordinator, April 13, 2018

Sometimes, things can begin to overwhelm you and you feel that it is becoming harder to get away from pain or negative thoughts. At times like these, try to take some time out for yourself and try a few of the following. After all, it is a true skill to master the art of distraction!


Music is one of the worlds greatest mood changers; find the right song and it can make you feel like your walking on sunshine. A good piece of music is a very powerful tool and shouldn’t be neglected. Turn your headphones up and get lost in a song that makes you feel strong and happy. Music can become a friend that will never leave you on your own.

Books and Films

There is very little that beats curling up on the sofa, reading a book or watching a film. Each can make you feel like you can conquer the world, be a spy, a romantic hero and transport you into a completely new world. Submerging yourself will help you to channel your emotions into the lives of the people on sceen, instead of letting them overwhelm you.


I understand that for many, people can be both a blessing and a curse. Sometimes, when you’re having a bad time, you will want to shut yourself off from the world and be alone. This is perfectly okay – for a time. By all means, have some time to gather your thoughts, but don’t cut yourself off from the outside world. There are wonderful people out there, just waiting to make you smile. If you haven’t found them yet, keep looking, because I promise there is a friend out there for everyone.


I know this sounds like the last thing that anybody would want to do when they’re feeling low, but trust me on this one! Submerging yourself in schoolwork really can take your mind off things. Your brain can only think about so much at a time and if you fill it with maths and geography, the pain will have to be pushed to the side for a time. Oh, and you’re being productive…bonus!

This piece was written for our younger members, by one of our younger members 🙂

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