I recently did a guest post over at the TooDepressed blog. The post is called Reducing Depression with Hands-On Crafting and obviously touches on some of the things that I’ve covered here on this blog as well as what I talk about in my book, Häkeln rettete mein Leben.
I thought I’d share an excerpt from that post here; it’s about how crochet helped me in the midst of my own deep depression.
“During this time of my life I was crying for hours every day, for no apparent reason, and although my yarn was often wet with salty depression there were also whole minutes of time when I would be so focused on pulling one loop up on to another that I would cease crying. My breathing would slow to a normal pace. My head would stop whirling with anxiety for a brief time. It happened slowly, through a minute here and a minute there of reprieve. Depression is so constant. Those minutes provided my brain with important rest and rejuvenation. It started to heal. I was soothed. I was buoyed. I was improved. Slowly and steadily, my daily quality of life was enhanced. Jeder Tag, I could practice my new craft. I could learn a new skill, create something out of nothing, get a boost of much-needed self-esteem. I could get better, one loop of yarn at a time.”
Read the whole guest post here. It talks about why hands-on activities are healing and suggests some hobbies for men and women that have some of the same health benefits as crochet.