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Some crocheting going on at the moment.

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…)

Patchwork knitting.

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. 🙂

Daisy and crochet.

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!!! 😀

About zelmare

Hallo to you from the southern most part of the African continent - South Africa!! To put my life in a nutshell : I raised 3 absolutely fabulous kids (I'm sure you will hear a lot about them, since I am a very proud mama), I became a doting grandmother two years ago and recently bought a house in the Western Cape, and in doing so, realized a dream I've had for many, many years. I love traveling, which I don't do often enough. I love living a simple life - cooking, gardening, knitting and of course, blogging. There is still a lot I want to do and see in my lifetime, but time will tell how much of that I can actually accomplish. I am looking forward to meeting a lot of lovely new friends and interesting people here on WordPress! :)

8 responses »

  1. What a wonderful way to focus and remove your focus from the anxious things to the calming things. I was taught to crochet and embroider at a similar age. I also found it calming and it was a nice creative outlet. I managed to continue after my first child, but when the twins came along, that was it! I did teach my fourth child to crochet, but they never got too interested. Sigh.

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    • Maybe you’ll get a chance to enjoy it again in future. I also forgot all about knitting for years, but I’ve rediscovered it a few years ago. It is a life saver. 🙂

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  2. Ditto! I just wrote a short post about how knitting is helping me cope with the stress of this election. I wish I had learned to knit and crochet as young as you did. I learned when my son was 3 but it’s always been difficult to find time while raising children. Daisy looks adorable and your project looks great too.

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    • I actually didn’t knit for years while raising my kids! But I’m glad I started again. Thanks you, she’s a sweet dog, and I’ll post my project when it’s done. 🙂

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  3. Lately I eat! Or scroll instagram! Both mindlessly. Not good! Crocheting is better!!

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  4. You are so good at crocheting and knitting! Works as a stress reliever. Good post🙂👍

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