Knitting like crazy, is it good?

I just listened to a podcast interview by Brene Brown which explains why I, and maybe you too, are knitting like a crazy person.

A small, very small, pile of my finished knitting.

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:

  1. Physical exercise. Walk, yoga, whatever.
  2. Breath. Deep breaths with long exhales.
  3. Positive Social Connection. Talk to someone, anyone. It could be a nice comment to a shop person.
  4. Laughter. The belly shaking kind.
  5. Affection. A warm hug with someone in your bubble. The feeling of being safe. This is the difficult one these days.
  6. Cry. Pay attention to the crying. Don’t keep thinking about the stressor (cause of stress).
  7. 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.

You may recognize this? Ninilchik Swoncho by Caitlin Hunter

Cheers, Deb

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Author: debgemmellmods

I'm a Knitter. The capital K means every day, everywhere. I'm co-owner of Cabin Fever with my sister Lyn. We have published over 100 patterns and 11 books. I'm also working on a new set of patterns for Any Gauge knitting. Dive into your stash and cast on for a Top Down sweater that fits, or an accessory to use up those odd balls of yarn.

4 thoughts on “Knitting like crazy, is it good?”

  1. Love your swancho. I’ve been doing mindless knitting. My brain apparently balks at the tough stuff. Best wishes. Stay safe.

    On Mon, Oct 26, 2020 at 11:36 AM Deb Gemmell: Top Down, Gauge Free and more wrote:

    > debgemmellmods posted: ” I just listened to a podcast interview by Brene > Brown which explains why I, and maybe you too, are knitting like a crazy > person. A small, very small, pile of my finished knitting. She interviewed > two sisters who wrote the book Burnout by Emily and” >

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  2. This is old news!! We all knew knitting lowered blood pressure, calmed nerves, covered bald spots, warmed up cold spots & gave us an excuse to get together for
    therapy every week . . .

    Liked by 2 people

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