The Healing Power of Crochet: A Therapeutic Tool for Mental Health and Wellness

The Healing Power of Crochet: A Therapeutic Tool for Mental Health and Wellness

The Healing Power of Crochet: A Therapeutic Tool for Mental Health and Wellness blog post on Karla's Making It dot com

Happy Mental Health Awareness Month!

More than any time in history, we are choosing to prioritize our mental well-being and finally recognizing how much the power of creative activities, like crochet, contribute to healing. We hear the terms "living a balanced life" and "intentional living" all the while boss-girling and "crushing it" in a 4 hour work week that actually starts when you're done with your FIRST JOB. What?! 

I don't know about you but I'm tired friends. I'm ready to take more time for myself and my mental health! And, if you know me, that will include lots and lots of crochet time - but not for work; for me...

Did you know that crochet has been used as an art therapy technique for years? It's no wonder - it has many benefits for our mental health and well-being: 

First and foremost, crochet can help us stay present in the moment and practice mindfulness. When we crochet, we must focus and pay attention to our stitches, which can be a meditative experience. It's an excellent way to reduce stress and anxiety and improve our overall sense of well-being. It is essentially a form of meditation, if you will.

Crochet is also a great way to express ourselves creatively. Whether we're making a scarf, a blanket, or a cute stuffed animal, the act of creating something with our hands can be incredibly satisfying and fulfilling. It's a great way to boost our self-esteem and feel a sense of accomplishment.

In addition, crochet can be a relaxing and calming activity that helps us unwind after a long day. The repetitive motion of our hands and the soft texture of the yarn can be incredibly soothing, reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression and improving our overall mood.

For those with neurodivergent conditions like ADHD and autism, crochet can be particularly beneficial. The focus and repetition required by crochet can help reduce feelings of restlessness and anxiety, providing a grounding and calming experience.

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Crochet can be used as a social activity that allows us to connect with others who share our passion for the craft. This can be especially helpful for those who struggle with social anxiety or feelings of isolation. Joining a crochet group or attending a workshop can provide a sense of community and belonging.

That's what I have done by creating this blog and constantly talking crochet on social media. I have made so many wonderful friends, received so much inspiration and encouragement from people that I would have never met except for sharing my interest in crochet. 🤍

image of the Karla's Making It TikTok profile from May 2, 2023

Personally, I have found crochet is an incredibly therapeutic and fulfilling activity that has many benefits for our mental health. Whether we're looking for mindfulness, self-expression, stress relief, neurodivergent support, or social connection, crochet is a wonderful addition to a mental health regimen. 

How does crochet help you deal with your mental health? I would love to hear your experience.

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