"You cannot find peace by avoiding life."
- Virginia Wolf
What do you use to escape what is going on in your life or how you are feeling?
We all have our own coping mechanisms to escape or get a little break from our lives and our emotions.
Identify your coping mechanism for when you feel like you need to escape, need a break or are feeling overwhelmed.
The first step is knowing that you are using a coping mechanism. Some mechanisms are effective and some are ineffective.
Over the past couple years I noticed I've been using alcohol and social media - neither of which are healthy for me or inline with my goals. I first had to recognize what I was really using these activities for - avoidance. Then once I realized I was avoiding something I was able to take a deep look at what I was avoiding.
The only way to really fix anything is to face it head on. Avoidance tends to cause more issues than it fixes.