I lived through the days of Nixon’s impeachment but it really didn’t cause much of an impact in my life. I was a teen, going to school and working 6 nights a week. I saw little television and had barely any time to read newspapers. There was no internet or social media to bombard my brainwaves. Not so today. It is far too easy to get lost in that rabbit hole of fantastical stories and opinions every where you turn. We are bombarded with horrific numbers of new Covid-19 cases and deaths. We witness the images of hate-fueled individuals beating a police officer with the American flag. And the hate that has been unleashed won’t magically disappear when a new President is inaugurated on January 20th.
So that’s the bad news. The good news is that there are easy, low or no cost things we can do to alleviate this stress in our lives.
Self-care is not an indulgence – it is a necessity! Self-care can include participating in hobbies like knitting, baking or playing a musical instrument. Meditation or meditative activities like those mentioned actually reduce your cortisol levels according to a study at the University of Lausanne.
Little things can brighten one’s day. When I’m feeling overwhelmed or anxious, I dab a little Ewe Love Massage Oil on my wrists and temples. The lavender essential oil found in our Morningstar, Foggy Day and Moonbeam blends reduces anxiety. It also works wonders for dry skin patches!
Obviously, I enjoy knitting – especially projects that do not have urgent deadlines! I love the fact that, for around $50.00, you can knit a Briggs and Little wool sweater. Hours and hours of enjoyment knitting your creation plus years (if not decades if you peek inside my closet) of pleasure wearing your sweater! Or, indulge in a spot of luxury. Pick up a skein of alpaca/merino wool for around $30.00 – less than the cost of an evening out. Compare a couple of hours of fun versus the sheer thrill of working with yarn as soft as a cloud. Not to say that I don’t enjoy a good evening out. But when you make the comparison, you can see that it’s pretty darned easy to justify adding something sumptuous to your stash.
I also love sharing the joy of knitting. Our “Ewe Love to Knit” nights are the perfect blend of camaraderie, laughter, chatter and knitting. In fact, I was given the best compliment!!! Toby is a regular knit-nighter as well as a shepherd who raises Icelandic sheep and she also has a full-time job. One day, she was chatting with a colleague who asked how her day was going. She said that she might need an extra glass of wine that evening. Then she remembered that it was knit night – which she said was even better for relaxing after a stressful day than that glass of wine would have been!