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.