take mind off

take your mind off somebody/something

to cause you to stop thinking about who or what is causing worry That's the good thing about helping other people – it takes your mind off your own problems.
See also: mind, off, take

take somebody's mind off something/somebody

if an activity takes someone's mind off their problems, it stops them from thinking about them That's the good thing about helping other people - it takes your mind off your own problems.
See also: mind, off, take