I came across this recently:
And it reminded me of a technique I use from time to time to distance myself from everything going on.
Basically, you do a thought expermient where you are the lead character of a movie. Everything around you is scripted. Ask yourself; what do you do? How do you behave? What do you think?
Sometimes, it's necessary to imagine that we're in a different world, where current events and struggles don't apply. Some, of course, go too deep into a made-up world and never truly come out of it - that's very unhealthy.
But when you just use it as a simple thought expermient, a quick getaway for you to gain perspective about life, then it is really helpful and effective.
Even when the movie is directed my David Lynch.