Daily Prompt: The Zone

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.

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About emeree

I am an Air Force veteran. I served as a Security Forces troop for nearly seven years and reached the rank of Staff Sergeant before separating in 2008. My tours of duty were in England and Oklahoma. I live in the Seattle area, which is where I grew up. I used my GI Bill and earned a degree from the University of Washington. I currently work in downtown Seattle and experience all the adventure that comes with that.
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