Are you easily distracted by others?

Are you easily distracted by others – noise, energy, and mood?

Does it stop you from attending groups and fully diving into your mindfulness and healing practices?

Does your sensitivity to others hinder your everyday life?


Trying to block out distractions only intensifies them, draining your energy and leading to frustration and further distraction.

Instead of resisting external stimuli, redirect your awareness inward and focus on yourself. 

The simplest way to achieve this is by tuning into your breath.  You don’t need to block anything or shut yourself off.

Here is a list of things you can do to stay focused on yourself  (Pick one or two)

  • Listen closely to the sound of your breath.
  • Notice the sensation of the airflow at the entrance of your nostrils (feeling cooler during inhalation and warmer during exhalation).
  • Trace the path of your breath from your nostrils, through your throat, to your lungs, and down into your belly.
  • Feel the rise and fall of your belly as you breathe.
  • Slowly count 1 to 5 as you inhale, then 1 to 5 as you exhale. Notice a natural pause in between the breaths.

You can apply this technique anytime, anywhere—whether at work, running errands, social events, or attending groups and classes.

What you focus on expands.

Use your distractions as practice opportunities to anchor yourself.

Like any new skill, the more you practice, the more natural it becomes.

With time, you will be able to naturally observe others’ energy and moods without losing connection to your own. In other words, you will become more in charge of yourself. 

Try this at your next group session!