In an interview awhile back with Sylvia Browder I was able to answer the question about how crochet helped me through depression in a short form that I hope people will understand even if they don’t crochet.
Here’s what I said:
“I experienced many benefits from the craft including:
- The repetition of it releases serotonin, which is a natural anti-depressant.
- The craft is calming so it reduces the anxiety associated with depression. My anxiety was terrible so this was really helpful for me.
- Creating beautiful things by hand and developing new skill helps build self-esteem, something frequently lost in depression.
- Crafting for others helps you feel productive even if depression makes it hard to get out of bed some days. I hate feeling unproductive so it was wonderful for me to feel like I was doing something again!
Many of the benefits of the craft can be found through other crafts, too, including writing!”