Together with a culture of work, there must be a culture of leisure as gratification. To put it another way: people who work must take time to relax, to be with their families, to be themselves, read, listen to music, play a sport.
I have always found it difficult to find a way to relax. I am not into sports so I don’t have that as an outlet but for those who do, it’s a massive thing, I see that. You need to get a balance somehow; however hard. It makes you more productive if you relax.
So to relax I have found a hobby – crocheting 🧶. No – it’s not a hobby from your Granny!! I find it relaxing and as a plus you actually get something to keep at the end or give away.
My friend, Alaine, agreed to teach me one day. Apparently I was a good student (go me!!) and I learned quickly!! I’ve always been a teacher’s pet!!
It’s such therapy – creating something from nothing and being creative. Choosing your colours and seeing someone’s face when you gift them something you’ve made.
Here are some of the things I’ve made:
Working on a high pressured world such as financial services I needed to find something that could be done from home and at any time and that was the complete opposite of a stressful day. Crochet was it! I don’t always get time; who does? But when I do, I feel the stresses of the day ease away. Much healthier than comfort eating and alcohol and great for the brain too – win win.
If you don’t have a hobby, just like I didn’t and you struggle to relax, I recommend you find one. You don’t have to commit – give it a try – you’ll find something that suits you and you’ll feel that relief.