I missed the course last night – we went to a wedding instead 🙂 . However, not being there isn’t an admissable excuse – I still needed to cover the work! Unit 6 was, appropriately enough, all about stress.
Stress can be both a positive and a negative thing. A certain amount of stress can give us the drive and determination to accomplish tasks on time, however, too much stress obviously can have long term negative effects on us – both physically and emotionally. One thing I’ve learned recently about stress is that we all carry stess in different places in our bodies. I definitely feel it in my stomach and in my shoulders. But I know others carry theirs across their foreheads, or their neck, or even in their feet!
The course asked us to complete the Holmes-Rahe Life Stress Inventory, and think about if there’s anything we can do to reduce our current stress levels. According to this, my stress levels are pretty high right now, but there’s nothing I can do about any of them (my hip problem, continuing to adjust to a “new line of work”, starting the new course, moving house…), but I think stress can often be more about how we handle these things. Right now, although there are lots of stressful things going on in my life right now, and physically I’m very tired and sore, I’m actually feeling quite calm and peaceful about life in general.
To represent this week, I’ve knitted a series of knots – reminding me of how my stomach feels when I do get stressed!
Step 1: Insert your working needle into the next three stitches on your main needle, purl wise.
Step 2: Wrap your working yarn around your working needle and purl the three stitches together.
Step 3: Yarn over around your working needle.
Step 4: Insert your working needle into the next three stitches on your main needle, purl wise again.
Step 5: Wrap your working yarn around your working needle and purl the three stitches together, again.
Step 6: Slip all the stitches off the main needle.
With thanks to New Stitch A Day for the knot-making instructions.