Personally, I think crochet is one of the most relaxing crafts out there, and a lot of my hooky friends are of the same opinion – even mistakes are (usually) fairly easy to fix! This new book by Betsan Corkhill and published by Apple Press, builds on this aspect of crochet and suggests ideas for using crochet to improve your mental health in a more structured way.
Whilst I was reading through the introduction, this paragraph really stood out:
Crochet can be an effective tool to help you on the way to whole-person health. It can teach you valuable life skills such as patience perseverance and planning. It gives you a tool to manage your emotions when times get rough. It can lift your mood when you feel down, make you smile when you feel sad and be your friend when you feel lonely.
The book addresses each of these life skills and how crochet can be used to enhance them in 10 different sections – Calm, Energy, Relax, Explore, Refresh, Dream, Focus, Persevere, Find Joy, and Friendship. and each section has a couple of crochet patterns that could be used as part of the exercises or to back up the ideas that Betsan shares.
Here’s another great quote:
Crochet therapy isn’t about getting you to sit down all day crocheting. It’s about taking responsibility for your own health and well-being and using crochet as a convenient, effective tool as part of your well-being toolbox.
Betsan gently reminds us that each of us has the power to change our body’s chemistry – even the wiring of our brain, so we don’t have to stay stuck in our old habits of mind. Crochet has so many benefits… its calming rhythms stimulate the release of serotonin, which enhances happiness; its cross body movements engage the brain so that it can’t dwell on negative thoughts; it can encourage mindful focus with ‘everlasting’ projects such as ripple blankets; it can encourage daydreaming to give you space to grow; it can bring people together in friendship groups; it is great for brain health as you learn more crochet skills.
If you are a total beginner, and interested in taking up crochet to improve your mental health and as an aid to relaxation and refreshment, you will be glad to know that there are also full detailed instructions, with pictures, on how to crochet and how to read a crochet pattern. Backed up with a few YouTube videos and maybe a helpful friends too, you will soon be happily crocheting away.
I found this a really interesting read, with some really useful ideas, and I liked a lot of the projects too – it’s definitely one for your mental health toolkit.
If you’d like a copy of this book, I have one to give away. Just leave a comment on this blog post before tomorrow (Friday 30th July) at about 8ish, and you could be in with a chance of winning. I am happy with a ‘pick me’, or if you like, do share your favourite positive thinking/relaxation tip.
I’m happy to post worldwide, so the competition is open to anyone anywhere.