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How to Snap Back to Reality when "Escapism" Becomes “Avoidance”

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How to Snap Back to Reality when "Escapism" Becomes “Avoidance”

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Escapism

Escapism
  • It's conscious​ detachment from real life.
  • The forms it can take: watching television or movies, listening to music, reading books, playing games and sports, daydreaming, etc.

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Benefits of escapism

  • It allows a momentary reprieve from your circumstances, giving you a chance to recharge your batteries before you jump back into the fray.
  • Escapism allows you to step away from your emotions when you’re feeling overwhelmed, and come back to a problem with a fresh mind.

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When escapism goes too far

Escapism doesn’t make you lazy, but too much can turn into avoidance and make you stagnate instead of actively pursuing your goals.

It can cause problems with your productivity at work, in your personal relationships, and it can even cut yourself off from normal social circles.

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How to wean yourself off of escapism

  • Use the “real life-right now” rule: No (insert type of escapism) if I know there’s something I’d enjoy happening in real life, right now.
  • Redefine what it means to escape: Instead of escaping from reality, you’re getting your energy back after spending it being productive.
  • Identify what you’re trying to avoid: Pinpoint the issue and confront it for a moment.
  • Keep yourself busy with things in the real world, both by confronting your issues and doing the fun stuff.

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