Escape for a sense of direction
The power of escapism has many benefits for mental and emotional healing. Not to mention creativity.
Intentionally organising the pause as part of your well-being strategy - like conscious breathing, conscious escapism can be experienced by changing your scenery or activity.
Instead of getting caught up in the emotion of the moment - simply detaching from it to regroup can have better results in working through feelings or gaining perspective to problem solve.
Having a distraction such as listening to music, going for a walk or talking to someone over a cuppa can be a great refuge, as is booking that trip away or seeking a hide out destination in the mountains or far flung city scape.
By deliberately checking out of your immediate environment and ensuring that in itself is a diary entry (it could even be titled: “Zoom OUT”) you allow time and make space for your mind and imagination to reset and roam free. That in itself brings clarity and it’s good for the brain.
Escapism is an active process.
Allowing ourselves the time to imagine has shown to alleviate stress. Of course this is not to escape life and responsibility, but strike a balance in ways to cope when things become overwhelming.
Self awareness is key in identifying triggers and knowing what to escape to, to get that sense of direction and re-establish equilibrium.
So check-in to check-out. Having that escape route could make all the difference.