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DonnaS
11-15-2007, 08:06 PM
Anyone ever get into one of those ruts where they don't feel like being social.. just want to hide on the couch and knit? Here lately it's been cross stitch as well and I bounce back and forth between the two. The weather outside is gorgeous so I don't think it's that... but I have learned that when I'm stressed I want to hide in the proverbial hole and just ignore the rest of the world. The last few weeks I've been like that... not visiting my arabian horse discussion boards, not answering emails unless I have to... just kind of blah. Am I the only one feeling like this this time of year?

lelvsdgs
11-15-2007, 08:11 PM
Anyone ever get into one of those ruts where they don't feel like being social.. just want to hide on the couch and knit? Here lately it's been cross stitch as well and I bounce back and forth between the two. The weather outside is gorgeous so I don't think it's that... but I have learned that when I'm stressed I want to hide in the proverbial hole and just ignore the rest of the world. The last few weeks I've been like that... not visiting my arabian horse discussion boards, not answering emails unless I have to... just kind of blah. Am I the only one feeling like this this time of year?
No, I've been feeling the same way. I thought it was the time change but I think I'm just feeling stressed and need couch time. If only I could get some...

KnitClickChick
11-15-2007, 08:40 PM
I actually seem to be more cheerful this time of year, because the gray cloudy skies suit my personality. I'm weird. Anyhow, don't worry. I think everybody feels like that every once in a while, things will get better. Take a nice long bubble bath, fix yourself your favorite food and have a candle light dinner, then watch a good tear jerker. That always makes me feel better. :wink:

Mulderknitter
11-15-2007, 08:42 PM
Not just you. I have a lot going on and instead of dealing with it, I would rather crawl into a blankie, watch bad tv and knit. Or cry. Or both. :hug:

dustinac
11-15-2007, 08:52 PM
:hug: I'm the same way...usually the time change does send me into a rut...In spring it doesn't but something about fall and getting dark earlier blahhh...

DonnaS
11-16-2007, 08:37 AM
Thanks everyone :grphug: I suppose the time change might hve something to do with it.. I dunno... I've got so much that needs to be done and just no energy for anything. I enjoy getting off work and coming home to play with my horses for awhile, then inside to relax and that's usually when I do my knitting.. but here lately.. I dunno, just no energy for anything but couch potatoehood. Maybe once we get into the christmas season things will get better.

At least I know I'm not the only one out there.. You guys (gals!!) rock! :hug:

Lisa R.
11-16-2007, 09:46 AM
I think it's normal to feel that way some of the time, but I did want to mention SAD---it's a condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder. Basically, some people are affected to a greater degree than "normal" by the lack of light in the winter, and your body is actually affected. By getting out in the sunlight, or having those natural lights in your home you may find yourself feeling better. If it's not bad, even turning on the regular lights in your home and avoiding darkened rooms may help.

I've never been diagnosed or anything, but I think I'm mildly affected--I just raise the blinds and keep the lights on and I do better. One day I'm going to invest in those natural lighst and see if it helps.

(you can google for more information)

Disclaimer: I'm not a doctor, nor do I play one on tv--just thought I'd throw that out as food for thought. :)

knitgal
11-16-2007, 10:19 AM
I think this feeling is pretty common this time of year. It's grey and cold out (depending on where you live) or there's just less light. I definitely feel this way now too. Last weekend I didn't do one load of laundry! You should have seen the pile too- it was bad. This weekend I'm feeling a little more determined, otherwise the DBF won't have any undies next week!

Plantgoddess+
11-16-2007, 02:47 PM
I have learned to embrace my cocooning mood come late fall. My body appreciates it as well. My favorite day is when my ranch is put to bed for winter and I can curl up with a good book or knitting project relatively guilt free. I also love to bake in the winter yum.
I also have Arabians and didn't even know there are chat rooms about them. Of course mine are old timers now, the remnants of a long ago breeding program. I haven't knitted anything for them yet. Hmmm I'll have to think on that.
Point is, I think it's natural to gear down and get more introspective. I also don't crave companionship quite as much until about Feb when cabin fever sets in and I'm ready for spring. Embrace the urge to knit when you can take the time.

mdog182
11-16-2007, 03:45 PM
around the holidays when i know it's getting down to crunch time i get kinda stressed out. i'm a really big procrastinator when it comes to anything besides knitting. i'll sit around and stress out about how i need to start shopping for gifts but i won't actually go and do it.

The.Knitter
11-16-2007, 03:57 PM
I think it's normal to feel that way some of the time, but I did want to mention SAD---it's a condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder. Basically, some people are affected to a greater degree than "normal" by the lack of light in the winter, and your body is actually affected. By getting out in the sunlight, or having those natural lights in your home you may find yourself feeling better. If it's not bad, even turning on the regular lights in your home and avoiding darkened rooms may help.

I've never been diagnosed or anything, but I think I'm mildly affected--I just raise the blinds and keep the lights on and I do better. One day I'm going to invest in those natural lighst and see if it helps.

(you can google for more information)

Disclaimer: I'm not a doctor, nor do I play one on tv--just thought I'd throw that out as food for thought. :)

Those ultra violet lights do help but there is a cheaper way to "fix" this problem. I too have SAD. I've had it all my life (diagnosed at 16). One of the things that a specialist told me was to go to a health food store and get a good quality Vitamin D tablet. Take one each morning. It DOES help. Good luck!

Cecily
11-16-2007, 04:18 PM
Hi:
I have those days when I can't get motivated. This time of year does slow us down. Don't stress. If time permits, take the time to do the activities you crave, such as knitting. I have done that, it makes you appreciate the moments and days when you feel energetic. You can't appreciate the good days if all you have is good days. Taking the time to do hobbies makes you a better person with more to offer others. When feeling like that knitting for charity is also fulfilling. Using the talent God gave you to make others happy always helps ourselves.

Good luck!

Cecily