There have been some very stressful and difficult things happening in my life lately, and it has reminded me how helpful it can be to have hobbies to escape into.
Gaming is sort of an obvious escape. Go into a completely different world for a few hours and really get away. I have spent a good bit of time in Tyria, as well as playing simple stuff like Mario kart to just enjoy the goofy-ness and excitement.
I have also been reminded how easy it is for me to escape into books. I read all the time as a kid, since my parents were pretty much always ok with buying me books, not so much with games. I read a lot of technical stuff at work, which has made reading at home for fun less appealing. However, in the last couple weeks I have found myself reading again and it has been nice to get back to that,