Kelly here, with your OML Question of the Week.
Though many of us turn to the fibre arts to fend off the stresses in our lives, sometimes the business aspect of our knitting and crocheting endeavours can be a source of stress in itself. When our maker lives become hectic, where do we turn for relief?
As someone who started knitting as a way to escape the stress I faced in college and the jobs that follow graduation, I often still find myself still gravitating towards my yarn for comfort. Even when I'm drained from filling orders and preparing for markets, when I'm frustrated have reached my limit on how many times I can rip out a new design, knitting or crocheting something for myself feels completely unrelated to the source of my rising blood pressure. However, sometimes it's better to take a step back altogether, and that's when I turn to other methods of stress relief.
Let's talk about some of those!
Nature isn't just a source of inspiration for my creative process. It's an escape; a place I can go to get away from the whirlwind of being a small business owner.
Stepping outside, the change is almost instant. The tightness in my chest subsides, my racing mind begins to slow. Camping or going for a stroll through a nearby forest or conservation area are great ways to ditch those unpleasant feelings the maker hustle can bring. A walk through the park is good too. But we all have lives and can't be making a break for the nearest wooded area every time we get stressed (though how awesome would that be).
Being the responsible adults we all are, escaping real life for days, or even a day, at a time isn't always possible. So, sitting beside an open window is my substitute. Any way to inhale that fresh air, and exhale my worries. Inhale the crisp breeze, exhale all that mental strain and tension.
You'd be surprised the magic an open window can have on a busy mind, even if it's just for a few minutes between each task on your maker to-do list. Seriously, try it, you might be pleasantly surprised.
If sitting beside an open window isn't your thing, here's what Hannah of Vivid Stitches, Cate of Milk Workshop, Amy of Noble Character Crafts, and Lindsay of @_hellostella_ say about relieving their stress.
When maker life becomes hectic, what helps to relieve your stress?
What helps relieve your stress when that maker life gets a little too hectic? Tell us in the comments below, or tag us with #ourmakerlife on our @ourmakerlife IG with a cool pic for a chance to be featured on our feed!
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Kelly, OML dream team
Kelly is the mind, body and soul behind @knitbrooks: handmade modern knitwear inspired by nature’s endless beauty. After completing a photojournalism program, Kelly used both knitting and crocheting as a way to relax after a long day working as a reporter/photographer. This hobby has since transformed into a way to combine her love of creating fashionable knitwear, with her passion for photography, a cozy lifestyle, and her awe and admiration of the untouched wilderness.