The Therapeutic Value of Crafting
Most of us aren’t artistic (or so we don't believe we are) but chances are that we enjoy crafting anyways. For people dealing with serious ailments, crafting can be a vital tool for relaxation and peace.
I, myself, deal with anxiety and depression on a daily basis, and sometimes the battle to get up in the morning is just too great. This battle doesn’t just affect people with my problems, though. There are many people out there who are desperate for a distraction from their own unique and otherwise debilitating ailments. That is where crafting comes into play.
Crafting may seem frivolous and silly, especially when mentioned as a therapeutic method of distraction from serious ailments such as depression, but stay with me. Crafting has always held something special, something magical for me. Not only did it help me through my toughest times, but I learned many new skills and was eventually able to settle on one specific craft that helped me to relax - crocheting.
No, I am not an old woman, and no this craft is not limited to the elderly. Recently, many young people have been taking up the old skills again, and crochet is a valuable skill in more ways than one. For example, you always come out with something in the end. Time wasn’t wasted and neither was the money.
Feeling stressed? Pick up a hook and start crocheting. There’s something in the human nature that values repetition and makes it calming and comforting when we’re stressed. Some people have mantras that they’ll repeat; I have crochet. When you’re making something, anything, with crochet, there is a rhythm that the hands fall into when twisting and weaving the yarn in numerous loops and knots. This rhythm allows for the mind to focus on something concrete, easy to follow, and relaxing when it is overwhelmed.
If crochet isn’t your thing, don’t fret. There are plenty of other crafts to choose from, you just have to find the one that’s right for you. For example, painting, wood-burning, knitting, drawing, calligraphy, brush lettering, felting, scrap-booking, and many, many more. All of these are repetitive. Each stroke of the brush is the same, each line burned into wood produces the same result. When crafting is embraced, not only are we able to relax and practice through repetition, but beautiful things can come out of our darkest moments.
What are you waiting for? Head to your nearest craft store and find your own tools for relaxation. You never know what might come of it.
About the author: Kate is a writer, wife, mom of two pups and a full-time RVer. She has experienced loss and grief. Kate has found healing through her writing.