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« Reply #20 on: March 05, 2008 07:14:17 PM »

Clean the toilet with his favorite tee shirt? Sorry Smiley that's rather juvenile & stupid.

Do you need to yell at him? Or do you need to not think about it for a while? Crafting is the way to go for not thinking about it. When I need to yell at my hubby I sit down and write him a long, mean letter. I hash out every little thing, I pour it allllllll out. then I walk away & come back & read it & write a new letter that's more communicative instead of just yelling. Sometimes I do this through 3 or 4 letters till I'm all unwound about it & can talk to him instead of yell at him. I rarely need to actually give him the letter because I have distilled the issue down to something I can talk about.

As he isn't around, go make a cup of tea/ cocoa/ lemonade/ etc. have a cookie & look at your stash, make one decision for one thing in your stash Smiley

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« Reply #21 on: March 05, 2008 09:03:51 PM »

Crafting is my therapy.

Wow!  That sounds like a slogan!  Cheesy  haha, but yeah, its true, I craft more than ever when I'm stressed or going through tough times.  I had big bad things happen to me just before Xmas and ever since I've been crafting like a maniac, learning new techniques and building a pile of crafted stuff that I hope to sell.  I've been knitting, making jewelery, learning to sew, etc.

Its a great way to take your mind off things.  Just try focusing on the pattern and nothing else.  You can get lost in crafts if you just give it a try!

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« Reply #22 on: March 05, 2008 09:18:33 PM »

I agree with everybody that you should totally craft or do art when you are down or stresses.
I understand what you are saying about having your brain in a fog when you are down and not being able to even read a pattern.
So I find the best thing to do is not try and do things that require instructions,but just make something artistic that expresses your feelings.

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« Reply #23 on: March 08, 2008 09:12:22 AM »

I definitely find that crafting while depressed/upset/angry is therapeutic. As was said before, producing something definitely has psychological benefits. I know that whenever I'm in a funk, simply thinking about or looking at crafting stuff helps. Soft yarn helps, too!  Wink

Sometimes frogging a failed project can be therapeutic, too.

Whatever you're into, pop on some comforting music and get lost in your craft.

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« Reply #24 on: March 10, 2008 08:24:08 AM »

I used knitting to get a rather nasty anxiety disorder under control a few years ago Smiley The simple, repetitive motion and the soft yarn (and the colours!) helped soothe me, and the finished objects gave me something concrete to look at and say "I did that. It's real. I'M real." (I mainly knit socks. I have a thing about socks Smiley). That helps with depression, too.

Another thing that helps is to go out for a walk or a bike ride - I love riding my bike because I can really hammer it if I need to work off some anger, or I can pedal gently and admire the scenery.

I'm studying to be a counselling psychologist and I am definitely looking at art therapy as a potential direction. I also like greenspace therapy, the idea that getting people into a natural environment will help them with depression, anxiety and attention disorders. I could very well end up with a practice that looks like a cross between a craft store and a bike shop Smiley

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« Reply #25 on: March 10, 2008 10:19:16 AM »

Buglady, I'm studying to be a psychologist, too! I'm in an Marriage & Family Therapy program. You're definitely right about the finished objects being validating and having something to help you work through feelings.

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« Reply #26 on: March 10, 2008 06:26:04 PM »

I am sooo p.o'd. I bought a very small sewing machine couple of years ago.I decided to get it out so I could begin my poppet adventure.I hooked it up got everything ready & the #%$&* thing would work at all.I did everything & it just wouldn't work.I have a veryyyy old pedal type sewing machine that belonged to my grandmother.But I can't find the belt that goes on the darn thing.So no machine=no sew.So I just threw the small machine away.Talk about a bummer day. Embarrassed Cry.Now I can't sew at all & I really need a sewing machine ( we're really talking bad here).I have a lot of craft ideas that I need a machine to do with.And a ton of mending.I am soooo upset I can't see straight.

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« Reply #27 on: March 10, 2008 09:10:59 PM »

Buglady, I'm studying to be a psychologist, too! I'm in an Marriage & Family Therapy program. You're definitely right about the finished objects being validating and having something to help you work through feelings.

I'm surprised it hasn't really come up in any of my coursework, but then I'm still in a lot of fairly general stuff. There is an Art Therapy stream, but it's really formal and you have to be accepted by the partnering Art School. I have no interest in art therapy as a projective technique, and I'll bite my tongue before I ask anyone to "draw your feelings" - I just want to use lowbrow, completely non-insight-based human tendencies like wanting to make something concrete, useful, and/or pretty.

I'm planning on doing counselling with adolescens with learning disabilities, and with their families. (Too many LD programs focus on the individual in the school context, and compeltely ignore the larger world they live in).

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« Reply #28 on: March 21, 2008 01:27:24 PM »

I think someone else said it as well, but don't do things that let your mind wander!  I notice that if I am bummed, doing something that keeps me busy is grand.  Things that let my brain wander and rehash whatever is bugging me is bad! 

I was bummed out a few weeks ago so I dug out some ribbon and made those 80s ribbon braided barrettes I used to do as a kid.  It was fun.  I just sorta zoned out making barrettes for a couple hours and I forgot about what was bugging me for the time being.
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« Reply #29 on: March 21, 2008 02:29:33 PM »

Crafting is my therapy, as well.  Whenever I'm down or bummed I grab my knitting (which is repetitive, but I have to stay focused, because I'm not very good at it).  BUT!  I will say that if I'm truly pissed, or in a mood, I don't attempt anything constructive.  Also frustration does not lend itself well to making things.  That is when I either clean out my supplies (or fridge, or closets, or anything else that allows me to throw things away) or deconstruct projects or pieces that I can later use for other things.  My seam ripper and I grab some ice cream and old shirts and go to town, and after I've vented all my frustrations on said shirts, I feel much better.  Attempting to do something new, or involving fiddly machinery generally adds to frustration for me, and doing repetitive things just makes me stew.

I will also say, though, that visiting Craftster can almost instantly better my mood because (not to sound too cheesy) everyone here is so supportive and friendly, and everyone makes such beautiful and inspiring things.  Just picking around here in different threads is at once constructive, soothing, and pleasing.  It's awesome!  Good luck with your hubby, I know how that story can go sometimes.

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