In no particular order.
Bonus points if it’s loud, or if you can dance to it.
Unless you’re going to journal about watching that red and blue map. Don’t do that.
Read a Book
Preferably not a thriller or a dystopian, though. You don’t need more anxiety in your life.
Not the political ones. Go for something entertaining, like Serial, if you’re into that.
If you’re into This Is Us, there are new episodes now. Crying is a good distraction.
If you do something that involves balance, like yoga or squats, it will keep your brain even more occupied. An added plus: You can do this one while listening to music or podcasts, or watching TV.
Painting is my favorite de-stressor. This is another one that can be combined with listening to music.
Play Video Games
Just as frustrating, but at least it’s not real.
It takes focus to get all those measurements right.
There are hundreds of Vine compilations on YouTube. Laughter is good for you.
Go Through Your Emails
There are thousands of unreads sitting in the inbox, aren’t there?
Start a Blog
You have lots of thoughts to share. The internet has lots of people ready to hear them.
In addition to filling your time, this can be very calming.
Folding takes forever, so this will give you plenty of distraction time.
Also known as rage cleaning. Listen to music or podcasts for maximum distraction. Then you get to have a clean home, too.
If you can.
I didn’t say this was a list of healthy distractions.
If you don’t have your own cat to snuggle with, or a friend’s to borrow, watching funny cat videos on the internet can work, too.
Also very cool, even though they’re not as much a source of laughs as cats are. But if your heart doesn’t melt when you see a fluffy puppy, you’re lying.
Do you live in a state where you can own a kangaroo? Find out here:
(I don’t know if this is true, and I’m not going to fact check it, sorry.)