But sometimes the stress of my day job leaks into my home life. My workload has become pretty overwhelming lately due to staff cutbacks, and I have been catching myself thinking about work and dreaming of work when I am not at work - which is never a good sign.
So I am doing my best to consciously find ways of banishing unwelcome thoughts of work from my time at home.
hanging and folding washing . . .
You know, the usual tasks - but with gusto! I find doing these mundane but necessary tasks allows time for my mind to process stuff without really knowing I am doing it.
Time with family is also helpful, as it helps distract me from focusing on myself! My adult children are always a joy.
But for me, crochet is the best remedy.
(As you can see I am still working on strips of green and cream cotton for my chequerboard blanket!)
Yep, I just keep coming back to the benefits of crochet! I can select a project as simple or complex as I like. . . . concentrate on intricacies, or progress something comfortingly repetitive . . . think about yarns and edgings . . . but all the while, part of my mind is free to ponder, while I still get that sense of accomplishment. I can crochet while listening to music, talking to friends, watching telly, having a cuppa . . . crochet is like having my cake, and eating it too!
And I am feeling all the better for it.