Today is the deadline for this project! If you absolutely can’t meet the deadline but wanted to participate, please email me at kathryn.vercillo (gmail) ASAP and let me know.
Beautiful Crochet Mandalas
These two soft crochet mandalas combine intricate stitches with perfect color palettes. The spiral design is an adaptation from a spiral square that the crafter used to create her own mandala – beautiful!
Meet the Maker
Maker Mariana from Switzerland wrote:
“Thank you so much for this wonderful initiative! I am sending you both mandalas in memory of the special soul that Marinke was …
You are helping so many people all over the world by letting them know they are not alone – so thank you for your courage and for raising awareness about depression. We all want to be heart!
Mariana’s beautiful crochet photos can be found on Instagram @winterbeachbymab.
Words by Wink
Wink’s last Instagram post read:
“Picked some flowers and stuck them in my dreads. This stuff makes me happy :)”
One purpose of this project is to raise awareness about depression so each post ends with some facts, thoughts or quotes about depression, suicide and/or mental health. Today let’s talk about the relationship between exercise and depression, namely that there’s a correlation and that exercise may help relieve or reduce some symptoms of depression.
A 2014 study on Depressive Symptoms and Physical Activity found:
“The relationship between activity and depressive symptoms was bidirectional, albeit more persistent during adult life in the direction from activity to depressive symptoms. Findings suggest that activity may alleviate depressive symptoms in the general population and, in turn, depressive symptoms in early adulthood may be a barrier to activity.”
Harvard Health Publications explains:
“How does exercise relieve depression? For many years, experts have known that exercise enhances the action of endorphins, chemicals that circulate throughout the body. Endorphins improve natural immunity and reduce the perception of pain. They may also serve to improve mood. Another theory is that exercise stimulates the neurotransmitter norepinephrine, which may directly improve mood.”