*Trigger Warning: Self-Harm*
One of the first things that I discussed with a therapist was “coping skills”. There is no doubt in my mind that others have heard these same words when it comes to the addiction of self-harm. One suggestion that my therapist had for me when I felt an “urge” was to do something with my hands - stay busy!
I ended up finding solace in knitting! You may think it is too hard to learn, or will take to long to get the hang of it, but that is not true. My mother-in-law taught me to knit, and it took me two days to get the hang of it. I cannot do anymore than knitting and purling stitches (the simple stuff), but I love it! Not only does it keep my hands busy, but I am making something as well. I have only ever made scarves, and yet, it has been such a gift to learn. Whenever I feel an “urge”, or even a bit of anxiety, I will pull out my latest knitting project and get to work. It is incredibly therapeutic.
As well, it is always fun to pick out new yarns - colors, material, size.
What coping skills have you found beneficial?
Although I don’t self harm, I do find that knitting helps massively with my aniexty. It either relaxs me or confuses me so much I have no time to be anxious!
I’m so happy you have found coping through knitting. I’m working on my doctorate in psychology and I am always challenging people to find creative coping skills. Knitting is so therapeutic and you create something beautiful. Keep it up, both of you! ((Hugs))
#tw: self harm #knitting #copingskills #mentalhealth
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I am currently knitting my VERY FIRST SWEATER.
Fans of this blog (lolololol) will remember that I DID, at one point, make a t-shirt. However, that was done in crochet, a technique in which I find picking up stitches to be worlds easier. Knitting something seems to be a lot more puzzlework, whereas you can grow crochet out in different directions pretty seamlessly with minimal effort.
I am nervously approaching the part where I have to start doing some neck shaping, which is completely alien to me. I worry about messing it up, so I think I’m going to use my very first lifeline. (Here’s the part where more expert knitters laugh a little bit because you’re really only supposed to need lifelines for complicated, lacey pieces. Hey! I still think it will be helpful.)
I hope this worrrrrks!
(P.S. The yarn is Knit Picks’ Billow and it is fabulous.)
This is a free pattern on Ravelry.