Crochet–not to be confused with being crotchety–is one of my favorite winter projects. The repetitious looping of yarn around a hook, and the eventual creation of a useful product is a therapeutic act of self-care.
A roaring fire, a cup of tea (or glass of wine as the case may be), a crochet hook, and a ball of yarn is just about all it takes to make me smile.
In the summer months, I spend as much time as I can hiking, doing yard work, and working on other outdoor projects. But in the fall, winter and spring (depending on how long the dark, rainy season lasts), I love to spend time crocheting, reading, and working on indoor projects. The seasonal changes prompt me to transition my focus to many of my other seemingly endless interests. It keeps me challenged and prevents me me from getting bored.
It’s hard to believe that the holidays are almost upon us and I’m just now getting started, but yesterday I managed to spend some time working leisurely on a few crochet projects that I didn’t get finished last season. In the span of a couple of hours I made a scarf and a dish rag, which provided a much needed break from some of my other weekend projects.
The deeper I delve into my exploration of self-care, the clearer it’s becoming that most of the activities that are restorative for me provide an element of time: space, moments of reflection, a reprieve from mind-bending tasks, a respite from the fast pace of my life.
And, after all, that is the ultimate purpose of self-care: to replenish each of our 8 Dimensions, so that we can continue to contribute, to make a difference, to meet our needs as well as the needs of those we love. Self-care recharges our batteries so we can keep going.