What's Centering You?

We asked community members to weigh in on what’s helping them slow down and feel grounded.
 

What's Centering You?

Danny Isquith: US Director


Content: Online Number Puzzles

Why: I don't know about the rest of you, but I have a brain that doesn't have an easy-to-find off-switch. It can be started up by something big, like a worldwide pandemic, or something incredibly small, like being two minutes late to a meeting. Once it gets moving, there's very little I can do to stop it from charging full steam ahead.
 
That said, I have found that engaging my brain in fun and engaging puzzles is something that almost immediately calms me, centers my mind, and allows my brain to focus its energy on something other than anxiety. Puzzles capture my attention quickly and deeply, and I find that minutes (and sometimes hours) can pass in the blink of an eye. When I re-emerge from the puzzle, I am calmer and I have a sense of accomplishment due to the problem-solving in which I engaged.
 
In a time when anxiety is heightened for everyone, distractions have been important, as have moments away from a computer screen.