Focus and recenter

Sheltering at home can have a funny effect on your head. The relative lack of contact with a physical outside world can be unnerving, to say the least.

One of the struggles we seem face these days (among many) is the simple ability to maintain a consistent sense of reality. I find that certain activities help me to focus and recenter.

One of these is the New York Times crossword puzzle. Since this has always been a mental challenge for me, not a challenge out in the physical world, it links me back to ways of thinking pre-pandemic.

I wonder whether one could systematically try to figure out which parts of one’s sense of reality before the pandemic were similarly independent of that outer physical world. Right now, embracing such activities might be very good for one’s mental state.

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