I’ve decided to take a day off.
In fact, I’m taking a couple of them. I’ve been reminded recently of the importance of self-care.
I wrote in the past about the selflessness of knitters and the concept of “selfish knitting.” I think the same compulsion that leads us to knit endless sweaters, baby blankets and winter hats for our loved ones also leads us to give of ourselves in other ways: we give our time, our love, our energy. But those things don’t come from no-where. To paraphrase Eleanor Brown, you can’t pour from an empty cup.
We’re headed into back-to-school season. Before you know it, the holidays will be here. We live in a world of constant media frenzy. Most of us are asked to continually do more with less in our careers. Every year it seems like our days get longer and busier, with less time for the things that fill our cups.
I’m encouraging you to find ways to practice self-care. Shut off your phone. Shut off the tv. Spend time with your kids. Meditate. Run. Play. Create. Whatever it is that feeds your soul and gives you the motivation to face another week, give yourself that gift. Treat yourself with the same care you would give your sister or best friend.
For many of us, knitting gives us that time. We can focus, one stitch at a time, on creating something beautiful. We can shut out the noise of the world and be alone with ourselves. Or it can give us a way to stay connected with others who share our passions. If knitting gives you that peace, make the time for it. It’s no more selfish than making the time for a yoga class or to read a book. If knitting on a deadline is causing you stress, take a break from it. That’s right. The your yarn dealer is giving you permission to NOT KNIT.
Self care allows you to be the best version of yourself for the people you love. It is not selfish, and it is not something to feel guilty about. You have to take care of yourself in order to have something to offer others.
How are you taking care of yourself?