Does crocheting/craft support mental well-being?

I was on the train this morning just perusing through Facebook and found an article the ABC posted, about a study that is currently being conducted by the University of Wollongong. The study is can crocheting/craft be used as a tool to help with mental well-being.

How you can help?
It’s simple, just fill in a survey! It will help Dr Pippa Burns (fellow crocheter) compare her results to a study that was done on knitting in the UK.

It’s all about how you use your crocheting time. Like I said in one of my first posts (“Look, if you had one shot, one opportunity…) “crocheting keeps me sane” which it really does!

I use my crocheting time as relaxation, fun and I love seeing what the finished product is. I also find it’s a really good time to organise my thoughts, think through different situations or problems I may be having or even just “zone out” of reality for a bit. What I have noticed are some pretty amazing things, within myself, I am happier 🙂

Yeah, sure there are bad days where nothing goes right but I can sit down and plan out how in the hell am I going to make this day better.

I even feel less stressed out from work, just by simply crocheting on my lunch break. It makes me feel really good when someone walks by an asks what I’m working on or gives me a compliment of how much I’ve done, it really builds me up and makes me feel more confident.

So I throw it to you to think about how you use crocheting or even just a craft activity, in general, to help with your mental health or maybe you didn’t know it was helping you.

So please help with this research and click here to fill out the survey it only takes about 10 minutes, if that!

 

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