Hi there! That's my new Lindgren (by Karie Westermann). I started it last weekend, and hopefully I will finish this one this weekend. During the week, I've been doing more mindless knitting (on the days I get to knit).
This year hasn't really started off the way I had hoped. There is some big drama at work and it's been really stressful. Sometimes I sit back and reflect that this would make a super exciting television show. It doesn't make for a good life, though. There's a lot of secrecy about this, so I can't really talk about it. All I can say is that there are two possible outcomes for this situation and one would be absolutely disastrous. I can't influence the outcome. I am one of a handful of innocent bystanders who got swept up in an situation created by other people.
Here's what I have been doing to stay sane:
1. Be kind to myself - now is not the time to embark on any large project or major change, and when I don't quite meet my goals for the day, I forgive myself and move on.
2. Get enough sleep. Sleep is a great way to deal with stress, to recharge, to give my mind a rest.
3. Drink lots of water. Drinking a lot of water flushes out the toxins that flood into your bloodstream when you are stressed out. I learned this trick from someone who works with gangs.
5. Snuggling with the dogs - petting them releases endorphins in both the dogs and me.
6. Reading, if I'm in the mood. I'm mostly faithful to the book I'm reading about the Salem witch trials. It's a bit dry, but I find that if I'm in the right frame of mind, I can dive deeply into it. Being immersed in the goings on in 1692 helps me forget about the goings on in 2016.
7. Avoiding social media. Sorry, I'm not keeping up with that right now. I find that I don't have the tolerance for it. I do dart in and out of Facebook a couple times a day, but I can usually only make it through a couple of posts before it becomes overwhelming.
8. Listening to podcasts. They keep my mind occupied and focused on other things.
9. Avoiding people. I am not hiding out, but I'm not doing a lot of socializing. People keep telling me that I don't look well or asking if there's something wrong, and I can't talk to them about the situation, so it's just easier to avoid those questions by avoiding people. We are starting month two of the situation and things are getting more intense, so my reclusiveness has correspondingly increased.
10. Knitting. Well, of course! I've finished a few things (which I haven't photographed) and I've got a few new things on the needles. I'm thinking that, in honor of it being leap year, I might try to knit a square a day every day for the 29 days of February on my sock yarn blanket. I really loved working on that until it got too big to be portable, then I kind of dropped it. My home knitting is often color work or other complicated items that require me to lay out my pattern and knitting, so I don't usually reach for something like that blanket when I'm at home. But I'm going to get the mojo back on that one.
So, we will see about the situation. I'm hoping it will come to some sort of conclusion in February, and I will be able to move on and be back to normal, or be working on defining a new normal.