At painful times, when composition is impossible and reading is not enough, grammars and dictionaries are excellent for distraction.
– Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sometimes all we can do is find something to occupy our time and devote ourselves to it. Whether it is strictly “productive” or not.

Often when we feel at our most vulnerable, unable to make any changes and feel like we’re just spinning in our tracks…

What we need is an escape. Not forever, just for the moment. Someplace where we can relax and invest our whole selves. This may be video games, or reading, or watching TV, or doing nothing at all.

Whatever it is, it is a healthy distraction, functioning as a meditation of sorts, allowing us to refuel and recharge before returning into the breach.


Consider what things you do to help you relax in times of strife.

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