The world is a strange place right now. We’ve been all living in the uncertainty, watching how things are developing around the world and close to home. I’m noticing more now, how things are starting to take their toll on people. And so, I’m coming to you today to talk about escapism - the tendency to purposely seek distraction and relief from the unpleasant reality. Just stop for a moment and think about it.
When our environment is overwhelming, focusing on all it’s issues can prevent us from behaving to our best ability. We choose where we put our energy into. You can get exhausted following everything that does not serve you. I’m not talking here about living in ignorance or not staying informed but about directing your thoughts so they serve you. We control what we focus on and how we guide our thoughts but often this takes practice.
Engaging in fantasy, practising escapism and directing your thoughts onto engaging path serves your well-being. Going into your own lalaland allows you to step away from your emotions when you are feeling overwhelmed and come back to the situation with fresh mind.
Daydreaming is good for our brains. A study published in the journal of Psychological Science suggests that if you frequently catch yourself daydreaming, your mind has a strong working memory meaning that you can focus on multiple things. Escapism can expand your mental capacity for handling multiple thoughts and dealing with competing issues simultaneously.
Purposely directing your thoughts towards your inner peace and happiness has a positive impact on your well-being.
Intentional detachment and escapism into your own lalaland is giving you the chance to recharge your batteries and supports your good mental health.
Will you join me into escape to my lalaland?
‘Lalaland’ is one of the portraits from eclectic collection of paintings which I’ve started working on during the lock-down. My focus here is on reflection and different moods.
Lalaland usually refers to being out of touch with reality or living in ignorance, but here I would like to invite you to my lalaland where things are a bit different…