I pierced my ear with a sewing needle to distract myself from my unpleasant feelings.
Because the hiragana ends with an う sound, you know this word is a verb. The kanji itself means distract and the verb vocab version of this word is to distract and to divert.
Since this word consists of a kanji with hiragana attached, you can bet that it will use the kun'yomi reading. You didn't learn that reading with this kanji, so here's a mnemonic to help you: You need to divert and to distract Maggie (まぎ).