A Special Post : Mental Health and Crafting

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This morning while sipping on my coffee and checking my emails I came across an article on Yahoo that caught my attention. The article was titled “Ditch the Prozac, Take Up Crafting?” by Anne Miller. Before starting my work here at Fabric Textile Products, Inc. I earned my B.A. in Psychology at Montclair State University. The overall well-being of individuals is something I have always felt a deep connection to, so when I came across this article I thought it would be the perfect topic to focus on for today’s blog post.

We’ve all heard that famous line, “Quilting is cheaper than a psychiatrist.” and certainly had a good giggle. They may be some truth in it after all. Although the article focuses mostly on knitting, the information can be related to other crafting activity as well. In the article, Betsan Corkhill (a licensed physiotherapist) explains that “the more capacity you take up being involved in a complex task, the less capacity you have for bad thoughts.” Knitting involves the use of both hands, two needles, and a series of continuous, repetitive movements. This keeps the brain active and focused on the task at hand, leaving more room for the positive thoughts. Corkhill also established a knitting therapy group at a local hospital. This type of group activity is becoming increasingly common and popular among care facilities. A similar group in Washington, D.C., Project Knitwell, is working to get patients, their caregivers, and their loved ones involved in the craft as well.

Many women (and men!) have decided to take up these types of hobbies because of the positive influence it has on them. Some say it helps relieve stress and anxiety, while others claim it helps them cope with their inability to focus due to ADHD. No matter what the craft or issue at hand, the overall feeling of “good” is a common thread throughout.

Get your needles, thread, and group of friends together because “socializing while crafting…boosts overall satisfaction and happiness” (OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health journal).

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Interested in reading the full Yahoo article? Check it out here.

I hope you found this information as insightful and eye-opening as I did. Quilting is a good thing! Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!

– Joanna, Fabric Textile Products, Inc.

All research information mentioned in this post is taken from the above stated article and its contributors.

Photograph disclaimer: Please note photos credited to Fabric Textile Products, Inc. belong to myself and our company. All others images belong to the owners/businesses that have been credited and/or directly linked. I do not own those images. They belong to their rightful owners. Thank you.

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