How Do You Escape?

Is there a difference between watching a movie, and watching movies to escape from or cope with mental illness?
There’s no correct answer, that’s totally subjective. I guess it depends on the number of hours spent, plus the intent.

But I thought it would be interesting to make a list of things I used to escape my problems:

  • Drive (or walk) around aimlessly with no destination
  • Read
  • Abuse drugs & alcohol
  • Watch TV
  • Sleep or stay in bed during the day
  • Play video games for many hours in a row

I’m writing about unhealthy levels of these things, which means spending countless hours doing any of them to avoid the daily responsibilities of life. In moderation, they’re all (mostly) OK.

The thing is, no matter what I did, I never got away. I suspect we all have to confront ourselves at some point.

What do / did you do to escape?

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