Re: Distractions - hobbies?
While these may not be things you can just pick up and do "anytime", they've worked wonders for me! I've taken up rock climbing (indoor/gym) and boxing. I go 2-4 times a week to let it out. Those are great outlets for me. They are also helping to build self-confidence in addition to being amazing exercise.
Do you like to draw? Keeping a small sketchpad and pen/pencil nearby can be a great outlet. Doesn't matter about your perceived artistic ability or not... just do it. Keeps the hands and mind occupied. Observe people, places, and just squiggle them down. Even just silly doodles that reflect whatever you're feeling. If you do it persistently, you'll start to notice your own distinctive drawing style.
As for everyday distractions, I typically read. I love fiction for the "escape" factor, and even picking up a non-fiction book on some random subject I've always wondered about can be entertaining. I've had several people suggest knitting/crochet, but that's just not my thing. Seems to be therapeutic for a few of my friends though.
Last edited by mandy26; 09-07-2007 at 07:51 AM.