Keeping fruitfully occupied helps to distract and heal the body from fear and trauma. studies in America have shown that people who are part of or witness gruesome events are less likely to develop serious mental trauma if they are given some kind of stimulating occupation fairly near to the event itself. (Forgive the really long sentence).
In general fruitful occupation does help with the healing process. Much fear and anxiety stem from rumination and stagnation. Rumination on fear tends to go around in circles….maybe they should have called it percolating instead? so to break that pattern is part of letting go. Letting go is a great idea but not easy when the object is emotional and not physical. Nonetheless, doing something useful, especially in the company of others is a great tool to aid recovery. It helps me to warm back to this life.
We might take many strange turns in our pilgrimage toward peace. But a heart that seeks and still makes mistakes is never forsaken the benefit of that search. the above quote is along those lines. Enjoy.