On day 310 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I worked on some crochet projects.
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 possible 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 change prompts me to transition my focus to different interests, which keeps me challenged and prevents me from getting bored.
It’s hard to believe that the holidays are almost here 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 finish last season. In the span of a couple of hours I had 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 the exploration of self-care, the clearer it’s becoming that the most restorative activities provide me with an element of time: open spaces, moments of reflection, a reprieve from mind-bending tasks and a fast-paced life.
After all, that’s the purpose of self-care: to replenish ourselves so we can continue to contribute, to make a difference, to meet our needs and the needs of those we love. Self-care recharges our batteries so we can keep going.