Another common way that is gaining popularity to forget current issues and troubles is meditation. Maybe you are convinced that you cannot meditate or do not have the time. Maybe you think it is only for the yogi teacher. Consider this example: fantasy football is a very popular gaming event. Say John Doe is a hardworking man with a wife and two kids. He is kept up at night with worries about the economy and feeding his family. Then when he wake up in the morning while sipping on a cup of coffee these same worries enter his mind yet again. His day starts with worry.
John arrives at the subway station. He buys the days newspaper before hoping on the 8:00AM express. Enroute, he turns to the sports page to evaluate the stats of the day for the players on his fantasy football team. This so engrosses John that he thinks of nothing else for the next 20 minutes of the trek. He is calm and focused on his team. All of the days worries are forgotten for that moment.
This is a form of meditation. His mind is focused and relaxed. The only difference is what he is focused on. If you meditate and focus on God then that is in essence prayer.
Martin Luther King Jr. said "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"