People handle stress in all sorts of ways.
They go out drinking.
I'd like to recommend another option to add to the stress-relief arsenal: garter stitch.
There's something soothing about performing the same motions over and over and seeing tidy, uniform stitches as a result.*
The two small squares you see above wll be joined by three more and then theoretically be sewn and blocked into a small coin purse. The ravelry link to the Pinwheel Purse is here.
I don't know if it's ultimately going to work, but I don't really care. It's the monotonous, relaxing knitting that I need at this particular moment, and it's allowing me to have the illusion of control. I may not have control over much, but I do have control over these small squares made out of scrap yarn.
That's good enough for now.
*One of these squares has a purl row in the center. It's the only break in the garter stitch for this pattern.