Today’s Self-care Challenge: Put a bad feeling in a star, put that star in a worry jar.
When you’re worried, or sad, or have another bad feeling that you can’t do anything about, make an origami star (first link is a video, second is with pictures). Start with a piece of paper (this one was originally 8.5×11 but I made four stars before this series). You’ll need scissors and colored pencils (or pens, or glitter or crayons or whatever).
Cut a narrow strip off the piece of paper, in as straight a line as you can (as YOU can, not as another human conceivably could. Mine was pretty wiggly but you can’t even tell in the picture and it made no difference to the finished star.)
On the other side, write your bad feeling. I wrote “I am afraid to be loved. I don’t think I deserve it.” On another one, I wrote “I think I talk too much and everyone is just too polite to tell me to shut up.”
Make a simple knot in the paper with the worry side OUT. You can see the blue heart facing you at the end of the knot – leave a tail. Don’t crease it, just flatten it a bit with your fingers and make sure the corners don’t have gaps.
Most tutorials say to fold the extra INTO the knot. I found this makes my knot go wonky when I start wrapping the strip, so I fold ’em backwards and let the wrapping hold it in place.
Ok, so we’ve got a knot that is now pentagonal, and a long strip. You now want to fold so that your message is INSIDE and the design is OUTSIDE. Fold down, making the folded edge as flush as possible to the side of the pentagon.
Success! As you do this, you should find that each fold will automatically bring the strip into alignment to be folded over another side of the pentagon.
The red-shaded are in the photo below is the end of my strip. Tuck that below the other folds on one side. If you’ve got only a tiny bit overlapping, and you try to puff out the star and it pops out, I fold the end over and tuck it in on the previous side.
Stick them in a pretty jar or cup.
If you’re religious, you can think of the jar as a place you can put your worries so your deity or deities can take care of them for you – a help-box. If you’re not, like me, you can think of the jar as a place you put your externalized worries so you don’t have to think about them anymore. Like your appendix. It’s been taken out, it’s still part of you, but you don’t need to be concerned about it anymore.
I chose this challenge for today because circular thinking is the worst.