I've come to realize that I do not like multi-tasking. I've been doing it for years without thinking about it. Doing several things at once, or seemingly at once. When did it become some kind of virtue and get the respectable-sounding name of "multi-tasking"? I don't know. Perhaps it was invented to counteract procrastination.
I do know though, that I will breathe deeply and stop doing it. It's exhausting and most of the time it's unnecessary.
I think I find this activity soothing because both hands are busy and I can't do anything else while I'm stitching.