Here is a list of distractions that may be helpful to you in a time of crisis;

Home and Garden;

  • Mow the lawn
  • Clean the car
  • Do some gardening
  • De-clutter a room or part of a room
  • Purge your wardrobe (give to charity)
  • Clear out the spare room (give to charity)
  • Sweep the path
  • Cooking or baking something pleasurable
  • DIY
  • Bath the dog
  • Brush the cat
  • Clean the hutch/cage
  • Re-arrange the furniture in one room


  • Do a crossword or sudoku
  • Try out aromatherapy or reflexology
  • Visit the hairdresser – try a new style or colour
  • Watch television or a DVD
  • Play on the computer
  • Surf the internet
  • Watch the clouds whilst lying outside
  • Read a novel or new newspaper or magazine
  • Walk or sit on the beach or park


Getting Out;

  • Join a leisure centre or health suite
  • Go for a walk or jog
  • Get the old cycle out!
  • Visit a new church
  • Go to the library
  • Visit a museum
  • Check out what movies are on
  • Go to a concert
  • Browse an antiques or charity shop
  • Find out what free classes are on offer
  • Potter around window shopping
  • Go out for lunch
  • Go to the beach – whatever the weather!
  • Learn to drive, or take a trial lesson
  • Visit a nursery, garden centre or park
  • Visit a tourist attraction
  • Walk alongside the sea, river, reservoir or lake
  • Take a bus ride somewhere new
  • Visit an aquarium or zoo
  • Visit a car boot sale
  • Visit a nature reserve
  • Visit a historical or natural site
  • Visit an art exhibition
  • Go for a drive

Being Creative;

  • Take up a new hobby
  • Learn another language
  • Start an evening class
  • Write a letter or article for a magazine
  • Learn to meditate, do yoga or tai chi
  • Start a diary or journal
  • Write a short story or poem
  • Take up a musical instrument
  • Decorate a room, or a piece of furniture
  • Paint, draw, sculpt
  • Join a dance class
  • Surf the internet
  • Create a weblog or site
  • Sew or knit
  • Bake
  • Make an ‘emergency’ box for distressing times – put in any small reminder of what helps
  • Take photographs
  • Make a scrapbook
  • Sort out your photos


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