Crafting is good for your mental health! It can help to alleviate anxiety, depression, loneliness and even dementia according to research.
Textile crafts such as embroidery, crocheting and knitting have the highest participation rates of all the arts according to the governments Taking Part survey.
Craft has been helping soldiers recover from stress for over 100 years, and there have also been positive links made between craft and the cognitive skills of stroke and dementia patients.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is about taking your attention away from the world around you, and focusing on the here and now. Getting crafty naturally shifts your attention away from all of life’s problems, and while you focus on your craft your mind becomes centred, focused and relaxed. Crafting helps to create a space to reorganise your thoughts, rebalance emotionally and recharge your mental and physical batteries.
Our favourite crafty activities for mindfulness ……..
This activity will come as no surprise to our followers given this is the focus of the business!
There is something extremely satisfying sitting working on the sewing machine, listening to the hum from the machine as you work.
If you are looking to get your first sewing machine, the Independent have written this article on ‘7 best sewing machines for beginners’, whilst you can buy a new machine, there are lots of preloved machines for sale on local selling pages – our first machine was a 1980’s NewHome machine, absolute beauty of a machine that’s still going strong today.
We have published a number of live videos on our Facebook page of some really easy sewing projects you can do from home either with or without a sewing machine.
We love cross stitching! Using stitches made from crosses you can make some beautiful pictures, designs or letterings. These can be either turned into greetings cards, key rings, or even framed and put on your wall!
We have been loving the cross stitch kits that you can find in your local craft shop. Each kit contains everything you will need to get started ……… a needle, thread, aida, hoop and a plan showing what coloured stitch goes where.
There are some fantastic YouTube tutorials showing you how to get started if you fancied giving it a go.
Yes we like to knit, no we are not too old! Knitting is a method by which yarn is manipulated to create a textile or fabric.
There are so many items you can knit …… hats, scarfs, jumpers, cardigans, blankets to name a few.
Knitting supplies can be bought from you local wool shop, and most shops offer advice on how to get started, and some offer lessons.
Pinterest is full of patterns and tutorials on how to get started too.
We hope that we have inspired you to craft for mindfulness, these are just our favourite crafty activities, there are so many crafty activities out there such as ….. pottery, crochet, photography, upcycling, weaving, card making to just name some.