Why craft is good for me

This week I’ve had the sewing machine out for a couple of days making World Book Day outfits and it’s been great. I have all sorts of things going on at the moment, which aren’t suitable for discussing here, but suffice to say it been a tough few weeks.

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I suffer from depression and anxiety, or that I’ve recently been having Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. I also suffer from endometriosis, which has its moments of being debilitating. When I’ve been at my lowest, I’ve tended to avoid sewing, knitting, and any other type of craft but I’ve realised lately that avoiding these things are actually the last thing I should do. I need the distraction.

For me, sewing something simple or something I’ve done before is a good way to refocus and ignore everything else that is going on, even if I can only squeeze in an hour here and there. Last week I sewed up the most ridiculously simple shrug out of a metre of grey jersey I didn’t have any other use for and even though it’s something I could probably  have done in my sleep, I felt like I’d achieved something. Maybe these small wins are what we need when we’re feeling down?

I think knitting is most likely the best go to craft when I don’t have time or I need a quick fix of distraction. Although, for those interested in the progress on my scarf, rib stitch is still eluding me but I will not be beaten! I’m going to have a proper go at it when the girls are back at school (i.e. Not climbing all over me!).

I wonder how many of us participate in craft for wellness? I’ve started a bit of reading about crafting, mindfulness and mental health and so far it’s interesting. I’m hoping to put a couple of posts together on the subject. I guess all I’m really saying in this post is that sewing and knitting are helping me to feel better, and I guess blogging does too.

Toria

4 comments on “Why craft is good for me

  1. Well done for both talking about it and for learning that craft can help. I’m in a similar position to you and I find it really helps. Sometimes I can’t bring myself to do anything at all but when I do it feels good, well better anyway! If you ever want a chat let me know 🙂 Jen xx

  2. I found our afternoon so much fun the other day – if only I could get in the right frame of mind to actually make stuff now! Unfortunately my anxiety shows itself in an extreme lack of motivation and an overwhelming fear of failure! Not the best mix.
    Either way like I said if you ever need the ear of someone un-involved give me a shout 🙂 It’s good to hear you’re feeling the positive rewards of sewing! x

    • Yep, I get the extreme lack of motivation too but I’m trying to fight it! Looking forward to catching up with you again soon x

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