Crochet and Mental Health
As the founder of @craftastherapy, it’s no secret that i believe crochet is good for mental heath. With April being stress awareness month, i wanted to chat about how we often take on more than we can cope with, and stress creeps into our lives. Life is beautiful and too short as we know, but it’s also hard, even when things are going well. We tend to fill up our plates until we are so short on time and energy that we feel overwhelmed and unable to keep up. This is not an uncommon state for a lot of people that i know, so why do we take on too much?
I don’t know the answer to this question, but i do know we can only cope with a certain amount of stress before something gives. What ‘gives’ first for me is my physical health, which then in turn makes everything twice as difficult to deal with as it was before. For others, it’s their mental heath and for the unlucky, both physical and mental health begins to decline.
So what can we do to help ourselves keep stress to a healthy level?
I often hear people around me saying, “We are trying to simplify our lives”, and i have heard very similar words from my own mouth, but this is always easier said than done. Crochet has been and continues to be a wonderful stress reducer for me. There’s something about the rhythm of the stitches, the constant movement of the hands and the pride felt from creating something useful with a simple hook and yarn.
Maybe if more people crocheted (or similar) there would be less stress in the world. We’re all stressed! There’s a reason those meditative colouring books have become so popular.
Research into Crochet, Health and Wellbeing
There is currently research being done by the University of Wollongong, Australia, into crochet, health and wellbeing, but they need a reasonable response rate for the results to impact on health promotion practice. A simple, anonymous survey which takes approximately 5mins, will aid in making the research successful. I would love you to take the time to fill in the survey. It is open to anyone, anywhere in the world who crochets.
The official blurb (as approved by the Ethics committee) is below –
We would like to invite you to complete an anonymous, online survey investigating how crochet impacts your health and wellbeing. The survey also asks questions about how and why you use online forums about crochet.
The survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/crochetsurvey
Love Crochet and want to share?
My friends at Love Crochet are also encouraging crafters to talk more about how crochet (or other crafts) help with physical health and wellbeing. If you’d like to share your story about how craft has helped you then tag your contributions with #crochetcrew for a chance to be featured. Or head to the tag to read other crafters stories about crochet and mental health.
Most importantly, if you are feeling like life is all too hard and nothing is helping, please tell someone. And don’t just whisper it, say it loudly and clearly so loved ones can help you.