I just listened to a podcast interview by Brene Brown which explains why I, and maybe you too, are knitting like a crazy person.
She interviewed two sisters who wrote the book Burnout, Emily and Amelia Nagoski. What I found really interesting is that they said that stress (irregardless of the cause) has a beginning, middle and end. Getting to the end, on a daily basis, is the trick to dealing with stress. Getting stuck in the middle causes emotional exhaustion. You may be familiar with this feeling?!
To end the stress they suggested some solutions you could practice every day to bring an end to that wound-up or maybe more like unwound, feeling:
- Physical exercise. Walk, yoga, whatever.
- Breath. Deep breaths with long exhales.
- Positive Social Connection. Talk to someone, anyone. It could be a nice comment to a shop person.
- Laughter. The belly shaking kind.
- Affection. A warm hug with someone in your bubble. The feeling of being safe. This is the difficult one these days.
- Cry. Pay attention to the crying. Don’t keep thinking about the stressor (cause of stress).
- CREATIVE EXPRESSION. OK, this is where I’m at. Knitting, knitting, knitting.
Turns out that KNITTING IS TOTALLY GOOD FOR YOU so keep knitting, knitting, knitting.