When I Relax, I . . . Work?

Sadly, I did not get a post out last week to announce the winner of Charles Yallowitz’s War of Nytefall: Anarchy. The week got away from me with its awful stress. I’m sure you can relate to stress. One of these days, I’ll have the emotional wherewithal to tell you alllllllllllll about it. For now, let’s discuss a stress management tactic—rest/relaxation. I don’t mean taking a nap, though my mom says that’s her favorite form of stress relief. I’m not much of a napper, because napping subtracts from my nighttime sleep hours. The only time it doesn’t is when I’m really ill.


One of my favorite forms of rest/relaxation, besides watching this show (based on the book by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus)

or playing this

is to crochet. I’m currently making an underwater habitat for this little whale as part of a gift.


Whale crochet pattern by LittleMagicHouse

Coral, seaweed, and shell patterns by TheYarnConspiracy.

It might seem like a lot of work. And it is. But with every stitch crocheted or felt sewn, that’s minutes of stress off my back. I’m not sure why it works that way for me. Some people do crossword or jigsaw puzzles (looking at you, Jill Weatherholt and Charles Yallowitz); I crochet. I like to keep my hands busy while watching a movie or show on Netflix.

What do you do for relaxation? While you consider that, Marian Beaman, consider yourself a winner of Charles’s latest book!

Thank you to all who commented and faithfully read this weird blog.

Book cover and author photos courtesy of Charles Yallowitz. Other photos by L. Marie.

26 thoughts on “When I Relax, I . . . Work?

  1. I’m glad you have an outlet for stress as you say, “But with every stitch crocheted or felt sewn, that’s minutes of stress off my back.” I’m one of the beneficiaries of your crocheted works, which sits beside a daisy to brighten up a space in my laundry room. I also see I’ve “won” a copy of Charles Yallowitz’s War of Nytefall. He and I have seen each other online for years now. Here’s my chance to get to know his work. Huge thanks, Linda Marie. And here’s a huge hug for Less Stress today! (( )))

    P. S. Writers live in their minds, so every which way we turn, there we are – ha! 😀

  2. I love your blog, Linda! And I’m sorry you had a stressful week. I didn’t realize it! I go to the track to get alone and relax. Listen to an Audible book while I’m there.

  3. Because of your stress relief crochet I am the proud Mama of Clara, Lil Sis and Orange Puff (I just named him!) With Owlie hovering over them as their night time protector!
    I always go for walks – even in the midst of what others might consider ‘ugly’ (industrial areas really do have a certain artistic vibe IMHO – just the safety factor is an issue). And of course – communing with my Lord via with my instruments…

  4. I do a Sudoku after lunch. I don’t know if it’s to relax or for stress relief. Of course, walking is another way to relieve stress. I listen to relaxing music while I write. But I should listen to more music when I feel the need to relax.

  5. Sorry to hear you’re under so much stress at the moment. I wish I had a great technique to offer, but I’m afraid I’ve never found a foolproof way of dealing with it – it seems to vary. Sometimes crafting, sometimes napping, sometimes playing computer games, but you’ve thought of all of them already. Binge-watching Friends sometimes helps!

  6. If things are getting stressful or I’m getting a bit tetchy, one of two things normally work: get out in the fresh air walking, or listen to some of my favourite albums.

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