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?

Dictation #1

Accent: North America

go out couple tonight? help .
Why don't go out for a couple drinks tonight? might help your mind off .

…Why don’t we...

“Why don’t we….” is a nice way to introduce a suggestion, e.g. Why don’t we try that new Italian restaurant this weekend?

Discussion questions

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?