Crocheting With Anxiety

Crocheting With Anxiety

I don't know about any one else, but I overthink and stress everything. My mind is a constant battle field of what I need to do next, what I forgot about, and how I'm going to communicate the tasks to those around me. Often times this can be disarming to your nervous system. And for me this normally strips me of my creative thinking. Leaving me exhausted and bored. 

Many people experience anxiety symptoms at some point in their lives. And it is normalized now to talk about this struggle openly. Whether it's feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or constantly worrying, anxiety can take a toll on both mental and physical health. While there are various ways to manage anxiety, one surprising method that has gained popularity in the recent years is the art of crochet.

My anxiety is exactly how I discovered crocheting. It has been a game changer for my hyperactive mind. Here are some things I have learned along the way about crocheting with anxiety.

How does crochet help alleviate anxiety symptoms?

Crocheting has two main factors about it that can reduce and eliminate anxiety symptoms. One being the act of crocheting and the other being when you finish up crocheting a project. The funny thing about our brains is that it quite literally rewards you when you complete a task. It is similar to crossing something off your to-do list and then doing your happy dance. Known as the "feel-good chemical", aka dopamine, it releases in your brain causing you to feel that sense of accomplishment and success. When a crochet project is finished, this is when a rush of dopamine enters your brain leaving you with the positive emotions. Along with this, crochet involves repetitive motions and often times focusing on intricate patterns, which can help calm the mind and reduce anxiety. The rhythmic movements of crocheting can be meditative, similar to mindfulness practices. Once muscle memory kicks in your mind can shut off. Worries, tasks, and/or fears can slip away. 

What are the benefits of crocheting for anxiety?

1. Stress relief: Crocheting can act as a stress reliever, providing a creative outlet to channel negative emotions into something productive.

2. Mindfulness: The concentration required for crocheting can help individuals practice mindfulness, promoting relaxation and reducing anxiety levels.

3. Sense of accomplishment: Completing a crochet project can boost self-esteem and provide a sense of accomplishment, which can be beneficial for those struggling with anxiety.

How can you start incorporating crochet into your routine?

If you're interested in trying crochet to help alleviate anxiety symptoms, there are plenty of resources available online to learn the basics. You can start with simple projects like scarves or coasters and gradually work your way up to more complex patterns. I started my journey with a $2 skein of yarn, a random hook from the grocery store, and a youtube tutorial. They don't have to be the highest quality supplies. A humble start makes for a honest journey. 

Consider joining a local crochet group or online community to connect with others who share your interest. Crocheting with others can provide a sense of camaraderie and support, enhancing the therapeutic benefits of the craft. A great way to start this is on Instagram and/or TikTok. Some of my biggest influences, now friends, were found on both the platforms.

Overall, the act of crochet can be a powerful tool in managing anxiety symptoms. By engaging in this creative and calming activity, individuals can find relief from stress and worries, while also enjoying the satisfaction of creating something beautiful with their own hands.

 

If you want to start your journey and have a crochet buddy to follow along with, then follow me on my socials! 

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