This post is in collaboration with Love Crafts and bringing awareness to mental health and how crocheting and knitting can help those who suffer! I have been crocheting for about 18 months – 2 years now and I can still say now that I love it. I always used to laugh when people said they crocheted because you always think it is something for the older generations when they have retired.
I started crocheting because I used to watch my mom do it. I always used to find it fascinating how quickly she was able to create a blanket. I didn’t want to just create blankets though, online I was seeing a lot of people create amigurumi and this was something I was definitely interested in. Before being able to do that though I had to start creating pretty basic patterns.
I had been crocheting for a few months before I started suffering with my mental health. On days that I would feel anxious or suffered from a panic attack I would never even think about picking up that hook. But now, when I start to feel anxious I go straight to that hook and a ball of yarn!
Love Crafts were kind enough to send me some Paintbox Chunky Pots Yarn to have a go at creating this beautiful Amateur Argyle Cushion. This cushion has been so much fun to make. It is quick, easy and perfect for those who are just starting out to crochet. When I first started crocheting I would just head over to youtube and look at how to create each stitch and from there I found it so easy to start designing and creating my own patterns.
Here are some ways crocheting has helped my mental health.
I never thought something so simple would help when you are feeling anxious. When you are creating something, whether it be crocheting or knitting you are always counting. If you do not focus on your stitches and how many you are doing then your pattern is not going to turn out how you want it to. By counting each row or round of stitches you are shutting your brain off from everything else. It is giving your brain some time to take a time out from all of your other thoughts especially when you are anxious and your thoughts are doing over time!
Going From Nothing To Something!
I always love watching yarn turn from a ball and into a blanket, pillow case, toy etc. I find that crocheting is a bit like colouring. You watch a picture go from black and white into a colourful masterpiece. This is just the same, except this time you watching something change from a ball of nothing to something creative and something that would make somebody very happy. I have made many things that I look at and dislike and not think it is good enough but somebody else has always come along and praised my work and asked to buy it off me. I have always found it strange that people want to pay money for things I have purchased but it always gives you a rewarding feeling afterwards.
Making Other People Happy!
I have recently found that I am crocheting more for other people now than just for fun myself. I still love it and I find it so rewarding when I hand over the finished product. I am guilty of under charging as I always feel guilty asking people to pay for something I have made even when they offer me more money. Yet to me, the most rewarding part is handing over the finished product and people saying ‘you are so clever’ ‘I could never make things as good as you do’ ‘this must be so difficult to do’. I always end up laughing because I do not find making things difficult I actually find it really easy and believe other people could as well. I hate receiving compliments but sometimes you need to receive them in able to help yourself mentally else you will never be happy.
It Relieves Depression!
I have never been somebody who has been depressed, yes I have suffered from anxiety but never depression so this is hard for me to link to. But it has been reported by many others who crochet or participate in yarn crafts that they have found crocheting has helped them during tough times. It has helped relieve depressed which has helped to reduce their anxiety.
There are many other benefits to crocheting when it comes to benefiting your mental health. Would you try a yarn craft to help with your mental health?