Tell us about your favorite way to get lost in a simple activity — running, chopping vegetables, folding laundry, whatever. What’s it like when you’re in “the zone”?
I have a couple different zones I get into. One is with reading. The other is the stitching. I find a comfortable spot, make sure I have a drink nearby, wash my hands or use the bathroom, and settle in for a bit. I also like to play music or have the TV on in the background. The latter is especially for when I am stitching, though it has to be a show I have not previously watched, otherwise I will be too busy keeping track of what is going on in the show. When I am reading, I try to pick music that I can zone out without worrying about whether or not I have missed a song I really like.
Once I get in the zone, especially reading, I do not pay a whole lot of attention to what is going on around me. If someone says something, they will likely be asked to repeat whatever they said. I am not quite this bad with stitching. I have to be really focused on whatever I am working on at that moment in order to shut everything out in stitching. Reading is a good zoning activity when I want everything else to go away for a while. Stitching is good for when I need to think things through, but still want to keep my hands busy. They are both good stress relievers.