Took their mind off - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
take (one's) mind off (something) (redirected from took their mind off)
take (one's) mind off (something)
To stop or to cause one to stop thinking about something, typically a worry or concern. Playing video games after work helps me to take my mind off my work for a while—and sometimes that's when I get my best ideas. Exercising will take your mind off your problems and give you time to decompress.
take somebody’s ˈmind off something make somebody forget about something unpleasant for a short time: I went out to see a movie to try to take my mind off my problems. ♢ We’re trying to take his mind off things a bit.
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People's main reason was boredom, cited by 19%, while 10% blamed stress at work and 9% even said it took their mind off