1. Break out the crayons.
Or colored pencils, or markers, or paints. Whether you commandeer a coloring book from a child or just go free range on some notebook paper, art is good way to zen out.
2. Start a Netflix marathon.
Real life Netflix won’t judge you for watching every episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in one sitting, and it’ll definitely take your mind off anything that isn’t snarky comebacks.
3. Teach yourself to bake something complicated.
Like rainbow cheesecake. Novice or expert, baking requires your full attention.
5. Go to the local park.
Remember how good swings felt? Just the freedom of being airborne? Yeah, go do that.
6. Head to the bookstore.
Buy something if you want, or just wander the aisles inhaling the distinct calming aroma of hundreds of books under one roof.
7. Go for a run.
Who knows, you might decide you actually find your center and enjoy it! And even if you don’t, you’ll be too busy thinking about the stitch in your side to worry about anything else.
8. Teach yourself to knit.
All you need is a ball of yarn, a pair of knitting needles, and YouTube to be on your way to making homemade scarves for everyone you’ve ever met.
9. Work on a puzzle.
Hours, if not days, of distraction depending on your level of commitment. Splurge on some puzzle glue and hang your finished work of art on the wall.
10. Play Monopoly (or Risk).
Nothing empties the mind quite like seven hours of backstabbing, manipulating, and crushing your family members under your tyrannical heel.
11. Fall down the StumbleUpon rabbit hole.
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- The World Bank announced that for the first time it is forecasting the rate of extreme global poverty to drop below 10% in 2015. ›
- President Obama says the U.S. has launched a full investigation into the airstrikes that killed 22 people at a hospital in Afghanistan on Saturday. ›