Sorry to hear about your mom, xfox - my condolences. That's good advice from her, too.
I guess I read fiction because I can be completely alone in silence, except for the voice of the author and the voices of the characters inside my brain. It's probably the most intimate intellectual experience, anyway, that I can have as a human being.
1. While sitting at your desk, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles.
2. Now, while doing this, draw the number "6" in the air with your right hand.
3. Your foot will change direction.