In a recent article, Dr. Alice Domar, a pioneer in mind-body medicine, again gives authoritative credence to the importance of knitting (and dark chocolate) in reducing stress. She says even a short respite is enough to calm your autonomic nervous system and give you a chance to recover. She recommends a total of at least 20 minutes a day.
Naturally, knitting is one of those ways you can give yourself a break from the stress. Try to keep a simple project close at hand so you can knit a few rows after a difficult interaction or when you're feeling anxious and overwhelmed. It really makes a difference. You can position a pretty project basket by the phone, or an attractive knitting bowl on your desk. Fill them with fibers you like in colors that make you happy, and even just looking at them will make you smile. Knit them a bit and you'll feel the tension begin to flow out, and calm will settle around you.
But knitting isn't just about relieving stress. I believe it's about having fun. Knitting on your own can be mindful and calming, but knitting with other people around the table is fun and exhilarating. Our goal here at Crazy for Ewe is to make sure that you're having fun knitting. Meeting nice people, talking with each other, and laughing together is every bit as important as finding a calm space in your life. Everything we plan in the shop is designed to be fun for you. It's fun for us too. We are genuinely excited about the projects we plan - that's how so many knitalongs happen! Our technique classes are designed to help you become more confident in your knitting, so your projects are fun rather than frustrating.
We have so many things going on that you are bound to find something fun to knit. I look forward to seeing you in the shop and around the table! You are always welcome here.
p.s. Remember that this is the last week for the Summer Clearance sale. We have new markdowns on bags of yarn and savings up to 75%. People collect all kinds of things - why not collect beautiful yarn?