I left my job at the end of last year due to unhappiness the stress and emotional pressure of the job had created for myself and my family. I agonised with the decision for what really felt like years and I certainly didn’t take the decision lightly. The job is enormously valuable but definitely has a shelf life. I was a community palliative care nurse.
I tell you this because I very recently bumped into Lynne, a gorgeous social worker whom I had worked with closely, who immediately commented on how well I looked. She said some really lovely things about missing me and chatted a bit about some of the conflicts she was feeling herself due to challenges in her role.
As I left her I felt very calm, and bizarrely distant from her anxieties which I remember had made me feel properly tormented at times, and in that moment realised that I had made one of my best decisions ever – having a go at making craft my career.
Then I came across this press release whilst mucking about on-line which asked the question…
Have you ever wondered why people who craft yarn into garments always seem to be smiling and happy?
Then I started to think if the craft itself was influencing my mental state. I definately zone out when I’m knitting and see how this could be very similar to meditation etc.
Obviously stress is helped by a variety of measures, and I know that leaving your job is radical and not a luxury many people can afford or achieve, but anyone can learn to knit and it’s pretty much free. Therefore I now feel it’s my duty to encourage people (at every opportunity) to consider knitting because it is good for their health, after all I am still a nurse – for now!
What do you think?