Hands-On Helps: Guest Post Excerpt

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, Crochet Saved My Life.

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. Each day, 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.

 

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Kathryn

San Francisco based and crochet-obsessed writer, dreamer and creative spirit!
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    Crochet Saved My Life tells my story of how crafting healed me from chronic depression. It also shares the stories of 24 other amazing women who hooked to heal. Read the book today!