Mental Health Awareness Week – Benefits Of Knitting & Crochet On Your Mental Health.

A Little Bit About Me ….

Amidst life’s trials and tribulations, including living with physical pain, medical conditions, and disabilities, I’ve encountered my fair share of mental health challenges. The loss of loved ones and friends has plunged me into the depths of grief, where functioning becomes a facade, and painting on a smile is the norm, even when everything inside feels shattered. We constantly say we are ok or fine, but inside we are screaming or crying for help, but won’t ask for it.

The stigma that surrounds mental health often leaves us feeling isolated, ashamed, and reluctant to admit when we’re not okay. We suffer in silence, avoiding intrusive questions and fearing rejection from those who don’t understand. Simple little things like being ignored, always feeling left out or being used can send us into a spiral of self doubt & destruction. So please check in on friends that maybe are quiet, usually happy, maybe overly loud or just absent as you don’t know what’s going on for them.

But amidst this darkness, knitting has been my lifeline, pulling me back from the brink time and time again. To curl up on the couch, with either a cheesy movie or music on, knitting in my hand with my little dog curled in beside me. Life just seems better and lets me try to sort out what is going on in my head or just forget it all for a little while.

What Knitting And Crochet Can Do To Help …

With this being Mental Health Awareness week, it’s vital to shed light on the myriad activities that contribute to our mental well-being. While traditional forms of therapy are indispensable, the healing power of creative outlets like knitting and crochet should not be underestimated.

  1. Mindfulness in Motion: The act of knitting or crocheting demands a level of concentration that anchors the mind in the present moment. The repetitive motions serve as a form of meditation, easing stress and anxiety.
  1. Sense of Accomplishment: Crafting something tangible with one’s own hands instills a profound sense of achievement and resilience. Each completed project serves as a testament to one’s abilities, bolstering self-esteem and confidence.
  1. Community Connection: Knitting and crochet foster a sense of community and belonging. Engaging with like-minded individuals in Knit N Natters either in person or online, taking classes provides not only an opportunity to learn new skills but also a support network to combat feelings of isolation.
  1. Stress Relief: The rhythmic nature of knitting and crochet acts as a form of therapy, releasing tension from the body and mind, promoting relaxation and tranquility.
  1. Creative Expression: The endless possibilities of colours, textures, and patterns offer a canvas for artistic expression. Whether following a pattern or improvising designs, the creative process sparks joy and ignites the imagination.
  1. Cognitive Stimulation: Engaging in intricate patterns and techniques challenges the brain, enhancing cognitive function and mental agility.

In a world where mental health struggles are increasingly prevalent, it’s crucial to embrace holistic approaches to well-being. Knitting and crochet provide not just a creative outlet, but a lifeline for those navigating the complexities of mental health. As we observe Mental Health Week, let’s champion the therapeutic power of crafting and weave a tapestry of healing and hope for all.

Reach out to friends and family if you need help, please don’t suffer alone. Please share in the comments below what helps you in coping with the struggles of mental health.

Knitting for Mental Wellness: Nurturing Self-Care and Connection During the Festive Season

The festive period is often filled with joy and celebration, but it can also bring about stress and a whirlwind of emotions. Amid the hustle and bustle, taking time for self-care becomes essential, and one surprisingly therapeutic activity is knitting. In this blog post, I explore the mental health benefits of knitting, talk about the importance of self-care during the holidays, and emphasise the value of connecting with others, especially those who may be missing loved ones.


The Healing Art of Knitting

1. Stress Relief: Knitting has been proven to reduce stress and promote relaxation. The rhythmic and repetitive nature of the craft can have a calming effect on the mind, providing a welcome escape from the chaos of the holiday season.


2. Mindfulness and Focus: Engaging in knitting requires concentration, offering a form of mindfulness that allows individuals to be fully present in the moment. This focused attention can help alleviate anxiety and promote a sense of accomplishment.


3. Creative Expression: Knitting is a creative outlet that allows individuals to express themselves through their craft. Whether it’s choosing colours, patterns, or creating unique designs, this creative process contributes to a positive mental state.


Self-Care During the Festive Period

1. Prioritise Rest: Amid the holiday hustle, remember to prioritise rest. Take breaks, get enough sleep, and allow yourself moments of quiet reflection.


2. Set Realistic Expectations: It’s easy to get caught up in the desire for a perfect holiday. Set realistic expectations for yourself, and don’t be afraid to ask for help if needed.


3. Indulge in Simple Pleasures: Whether it’s savouring a cup of hot cocoa, taking a winter walk, feet up with a good feel movie while you knit or enjoying a good book, make time for simple pleasures that bring you joy.


Connecting with Others

1. Checking In on Friends: The holiday season can be lonely for some. Reach out to friends and loved ones to check in, share your experiences, and offer support. A simple message can go a long way in brightening someone’s day and letting them know that they are not alone.


2. Honouring Memories: Acknowledge and remember those who are no longer with us. Share stories, celebrate their lives, and create new traditions that honour their memory.


3. Embracing Vulnerability: Let others know that it’s okay to feel a mix of emotions during the holidays. Embracing vulnerability fosters connection and reminds us that we are not alone in our experiences. It’s ok not to be ok, give yourself permission to do what is best for you.


In conclusion, knitting can serve as a therapeutic tool for mental wellness during the festive period. Coupled with self-care practices and a commitment to connecting with others, it becomes a powerful means of navigating the holiday season with resilience and compassion. Remember, you’re not alone, and it’s okay to embrace both the joys and challenges that this time of year brings.