Sanity through what now?

This is not a sewing blog.

Depression has been a lifelong struggle for me. I've been on and off medication since I was 15, but have ultimately come to the conclusion that for me personally, there are certain things I can do in my life which minimise the likelihood of me needing medication. One of these is avoiding triggers like the plague - no contraceptive pill here, or Sarah starts acting like Jack from The Shining. There is also your usual eating properly, reasonable amounts of exercise, plenty of sunlight, etc etc etc.

But for me, there is also Distraction and Trickery. If I trick myself into thinking I'm cheerful, I usually am. Which is where this blog comes in.

I find doing 'domestic' things fun. Not the laundry and ironing and dishes and scrubbing floors (although to be honest I find ironing fun, and theres a certain soothing quality to repetitive monotonous activities like doing dishes and hanging laundry), but the things our mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers etc did, that we now pay other people to do for us. I love sewing. And knitting. And embroidery. And cooking. And making yoghurt, and butter. I love having a garden and growing our own vegetables, the scraps of which then go into the compost to enrich the soil to continue growing our own vegetables. I love washing my hair with baking soda instead of shampoo, and using vinegar to clean all the surfaces in the house.

This is not a sewing blog. This is A Record Of Fun Things I Do To Stop Myself Going Off The Deep End, And Anything Else That Happens To Pop Into My Head.

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