Did you ever need a day where you just needed to pause? A day where your mind just needs to stop, to process something? That day was me today. I tried to find the will to exercise, but my mind was in another spot. And it stayed there for the day.
I am not upset, however, as quite obviously, my mind had to work through stuff that only it knew what it was. I spent the day crocheting. I find craft, in general, very soothing. There are links between mental health and the completion of repetitive activities such as sewing and crochet. I can’t find the original document that I read about this. Still, this one has links to a variety of research on the subject. https://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/stories/4-reasons-craft-good-your-mental-health
For me, the link between the repetitiveness of crochet and mental health is much more “in my face”. I have taught several students who knitted or crocheted in response to anxiety and other mental health disorders. When I asked about it, they told me that their psychologist taught them the activity to calm their brain. Their stories agree with mine. Craft allows the brain to pause.
Today, I paused. It was good.