When there are fewer distractions, you have to face your issues. There’s nothing to hide behind or duck under. No way to minimize or justify it. There you are lying bare naked next to your pain.
As it gets bigger it threatens to consume you.
You might want to mask it with a flask. Or consume some Ben & Jerry’s double fudge chocolate ice cream. But does that solve anything?
Maybe it’s time to face it. To stop circling the wagons. Besides, all that circling takes so much more effort. And that much longer. Diving in and working through it, while painful, has so many rewards.