|Image (c) Melbangel Store on Artfire|
I enjoy crochet for so many reasons and I am thankful it is a craft that I picked up as a small girl. It has been a consistent my entire life - it has always been there for me.
As I got older and my disorders made themselves more apparant to me, I realized quickly that crochet can help alleviate the stress and panic associated to both. Picking up the hook is meditative for me.
As I crochet, I can lose myself in the repetition of the stitches - of the pattern. I fall into a quick rhythm in which I can either watch TV or attempt to clear my mind of various stressors. I have never successfully cleared my mind completely to relax; however, I think crochet gets me pretty close.
This is just my personal experience with crochet. Research shows that I'm not completely insane in my experience (well, at least this one, right? *chuckles*). There is research that exists showing both the mental and physical health benefits of hobbies like knit and crochet. For the sake of this blog post, just trust me that they are there - I may write something on them in the next few days considering I want to have all my citations in order.
So in the meantime, happy meditating... er, I mean crocheting!
If you are interested in purchasing the little yoga/meditative ami pictured on this blog, head over to Melbangel's Artfire Store and buy it for $4. I've never used her store - I just thought the ami was appropriate AND adorable.
This post is part of the ABC's with the Accidental Knitter meme. If you are interested in reading more of these posts, feel free to visit the Ravelry thread for these posts. (I would link to the Mr. Linky but unfortunately, I usually post long before the linky is available and I always forget to go back. I'd rather give you a working link now). You can visit the Accidental Knitter's blog directly by clicking this link.