to take your mind off something: meaning and explanation
We use the expression to take your mind off something to say that something distracts you in a positive way, especially when you are worried about something.
If I am worried about something and keep going over it in my head, then it is probably a good idea for me to do something (e.g. going for a run, watching a film, tidying up) to help me stop thinking about it. This would help to take my mind off my problems.
Have a go at this dictation exercise to hear this expression being used in context – how much can you understand?
Accent: North America
Write your answer to this question in the comments section, and I’ll get back to you with some feedback:
- When you have a problem or are worried about something, what helps you to take your mind off it?