To sew a patchwork quilt
In an effort to manage my tendency to Depression over the years, I have learned to work with my hands.
It is based on a belief/myth that I adhere to,..that practical people are less likely to become mentally ill. If a person is imaginative, cerebral, there is a greater likelihood of mental illness taking hold.
I do not know if this is true, but I wonder if I had been a practical person with my feet on the ground, would I have escaped Depression, or at least the worst of the illness?
I was someone who preferred to read books.
But I learned to work with my hands, and this has stood me in good stead.
I have a sense of a accomplishment when I make something.
I feel I can be useful to my family as a cook and housekeeper.
I feel less likely to fall into the grip of Depression.
That is my personal experience, and may not translate to others.
But I suspect that my natural disposition had a part to play in my own experience of Depression.