When you are feeling stressed out, or unhappy, what do you do?
My first tendency is to want to sleep. The couch or my bed draws me like a magnet, and it is the hardest thing not to just give in and lie there, feeling sorry for myself. But somehow, up to now, I haven’t given in – yet. Somehow, on those down days, I’ve managed to get up and start my day and carry on relatively normally. (It sounds as if I am a permanently depressed old hag, which I am not, I swear! But I do have my days or my moments…)
What I do love doing on those days, though, is to keep my hands busy. So I pick up my piece of crochet or knitting, and I work away at that. It seems to bring calmness and order to my life again. You could ask how that helps, since it still leaves my mind free to think about all the ‘stuff’, but somehow it does. Maybe because my mind is busy with two things at a time, it lightens the load. If there is a pattern involved, even better, because then my problems and worries take a back seat as I concentrate on getting the pattern right.
I don’t keep my handwork only for the times that I feel down’ish’. Nowadays I cannot sit and watch TV without keeping my hands busy at the same time, so unless I’m really tired, I always have something that I’m working on in my hands. I’ve noticed that sometimes whatever is happening on the TV takes a backseat to my craft, and other times I get drawn into the program I’m watching, and the knitting is done on ‘automatic pilot’. (Which often results in having to ‘frog’ or undo a piece of my handiwork!) I will forever be grateful to my mom for teaching me to knit before I even went to school, and my grandmother and aunt for teaching me how to crochet at around 10 years of age. 🙂
Other options of coping with stressful times, are gardening, walking, and maybe talking to somebody that knows me and my situation very well. I find that I shouldn’t try and cook or bake at such times – the results are then totally uninspired and uninteresting and unlike knitting, it cannot be frogged and redone!
I think in these weird times with information overload and viruses flying around, it is very important to find yourself a stress reliever that does not involve alcohol or any kind of drug, as addiction is not a worry you want to add to your load!
Till we chat again, relax, take it eee-heeeeasy!!! 😀