When you’re at your worst, you’ve got to ring up the ring girls
I’m an advocate of wearing an earring to remind yourself of how far you’ve come.
It’s an easy way to remind myself that I’ve changed for the better and, hopefully, that my life is on track.
But it’s also a reminder of how often we’re being left behind, unable to see beyond the superficial.
We have a problem with distraction.
So it’s no surprise that our earring-wearing has become a problem for people with ADHD.
And it’s particularly concerning when it comes to ring-wear.
“It can be a big distraction, it can be disruptive,” says psychologist Rachel Blaylock.
It can lead to stress, anxiety and depression.
In the case of Ring Doorbell 2, Blaylocks has been working with the Royal Victoria Hospital in Melbourne to address this problem.
They are seeking to help ring-wearers, especially those with ADHD, who are trying to stay on top of their lives.
The problem is the person’s focus is so heavily focused on their rings that they can easily forget to take their headphones off, or turn their phone off.
Rings can also distract them from doing things like taking a shower, going to the toilet or having a meal.
Blaylock says that ring-owners often find themselves trying to ignore the ring’s ring-world.
For example, one woman, who said she had been in a relationship with her boyfriend for six years, found herself taking her ring off, and then accidentally getting on her phone and texting her boyfriend while doing it.
Another woman had to wear her ring outside a meeting when her boyfriend came home, only to be met by an angry mob.
What can ring-goers do?
If you’ve had a ring-related problem, Blaaklocks says it’s important to take the steps necessary to keep your mind on your rings.
To do this, Blaqlock recommends a simple ritual: put your ring on a towel, wipe it, then put it back on.
If you’re in a meeting, she says, make sure to take your ring off as soon as you get home.
Then, make a note of the time you used it, and whether you use it for any other tasks.
These simple steps can help you keep yourself on track and in tune with your ring’s surroundings.
“When you are working on your tasks, if you feel that you are distracted by something that’s outside of your area, try to remind your ring-users that you do have time to work on them,” Blayls says.
You may also want to consider what you can do to keep yourself from having a problem.
“If you are wearing a ring, or wearing earrings, try not to wear them to and from the office,” she says.
“Just wear earrings when you need to and then use your ring when you have the opportunity.”
What can you do to prevent it?
If the person is having a bad day, try talking to them about what’s going on.
“Sometimes the ring person is thinking that they are going to go home,” Blaaks says.
So, it’s good to talk to them in a friendly way about what they need to do.
Once they’ve spoken to you, try taking it back off, but keep the phone in your hand.
Finally, ask yourself if you’re making the right choices.
Don’t just ignore the noise, and focus on what you’re doing.
“If you have an issue with your earrings and you are in a busy environment, then take your earphones off and just listen,” Blaiks says.
That’s all the advice we can offer.
We’re not your GP, and it’s not our place to judge you.
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