Updated 1/30/2022: The pain of Arthritis in my hands has robbed me of my ability to crochet anymore. But, that is OK I have plenty of other hobbies I love.
Have you ever heard medical professionals say that? Stress will kill you! I have many times. Matter of fact there have been times in my own life when I felt like the burden of stress would kill me. Studies are showing that stress plays a very important role in the health and wellness of our lives. Stress affects mood, immune systems, blood pressure, heart, gastrointestinal issues, and possibly others too. Learning to deal with stress is very important. There are many things that can cause stress. Family, children, jobs, lack of a job, money, illness, even politics and other social issues. Dealing with stress is of utmost importance. It will drain you of all happiness.
So, what is stress? For the purpose of this blog, stress is defined as a state of mental or emotional strain resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. Identifying what stresses you out, and then avoiding it, or dealing with it, is essential to optimal health and wellness.
For me, first let me say I thrive on stress, well some stress. I get bored very easily, and I love a good challenge. Nothing makes me happier than someone to say to me you will never do that. Watch me! But, with that said not all stress energizes me, some sap me of energy and make me feel awful in a lot of ways. Over the years I have learned many things to help me cope with stress. Let’s face it you can’t avoid all stressful situations, that is not healthy either, but you can avoid some. I will do future blog posts on things that work for me, but today I am concentrating on Crocheting. I learned to crochet many, many years ago. I didn’t do a whole lot with it, it was more something my mother wanted me to learn. After I got pregnant with my first child, a very stressful situation, I picked it back up and made him a blanket. Ooh, it was ugly, but it felt so good to make it. He still has that ugly old thing today. I still crochet to this day. I don’t make anything fancy, that is not relaxing. I like patterns that repeat, so I just memorize the pattern and crochet away. While I crochet my mind can think, reflect, ponder however you want to say it. It is great especially when I can’t be outside, or just need to sit and relax. I am in a club now where the things I make are donated. I used to sell on Etsy, but have given that up. It makes me feel good to donate to others in need, another great way to relieve stress I might add.
Please, if you are overburdened with stress, and you need someone to talk to, and help you set goals, limits, and learn stress relievers, use the contact form below to send me an email and make a date for a free consultation.