I have written several times recently about crochet for mindfulness meditation, meaning using crochet to slow down and become focused. There’s also another side to the stillness of crochet that I think is somewhat related; sometimes our bodies simply need to sit still and we feel guilty about that so crochet gives us the justification to allow ourselves the self-care of sitting still.
I am thinking about this today because of a terrific email I received from Amanda, who shared a little bit of her own personal crochet health story. She says:
“I suffer from anxiety. Although I have been teaching for over 15 years and have enjoyed lots of success in my profession, dealing with the rest of my life has proven challenging. I have pressured myself, for as long as I can remember, to stay busy … many times running myself into the ground, exhausted from unfulfilling relationships and activities. Crochet has helped.
My husband appreciates my crafting because he sees me more when I’m working on a crochet project. He also enjoys watching the projects unfold! Also my attendance at work has improved because I am able to get out of bed rejuvenated because I have relaxed the night before crocheting. I look forward to coming home from work and settling into a project after dinner.
Crocheting has allowed me to slow down, spend time alone or with my immediate family and end up with an amazing project rather than exhausted, struggling to get out of bed because Ijust don’t know how I’m going to face another day like the last. Crocheting justifies me sitting still when life is just too much.”
Justifying Sitting Still
It is unfortunate that we feel the need to justify sitting still but Amanda’s feeling about that is one that I think many of us can relate to. We have so many things that we need to do in life. And we have so many things that we truly want to do. We want to be there for the people we love. We want to create. We want to achieve. We want to socialize. We need to make money, meet our commitments, take care of everyday chores. I think as women we are especially hard on ourselves when we feel like we’re “being lazy” and “doing nothing”. It’s not always an easy thing to escape that feeling and be gentle on ourselves. One thing that can help is to find a way to be still that also feels productive to us. Crochet is great for that because we can create, be expressive/ artistic, make useful items for people we love and sometimes even earn a side income through the craft while we are still essentially sitting still.
Crochet as Self-Care
Amanda makes so many great points in her story. I think the most important thing that she illuminates here is that taking the time to take care of ourselves and rest and heal ultimately makes us better at everything we do in our lives and allows us to give more to others. Crochet is an excellent form of self-care!
Do you ever feel guilty sitting still and doing nothing? Does crochet help with that feeling?