Life is hard. Lately the world seems especially off its rocker. This is a little reminder that the act of stitching is especially therapeutic and can really bring your levels of stress down. The benefits of stabbing a needle through fabric is notoriously therapeutic, akin to meditation. I can attest firsthand to how much it helps relieve my stress, depression and ANXIETY. It's all about FLOW-there's just something magical about engaging your hands in stitching that lets your brain roam free. That's one reason I constantly remind you that it's not about perfection-who really cares how the back of your stitching looks or if you're "doing it right"? Stitching is all about the journey and the journey is a relaxing one. It's good for stress, health, aging, everything. On top of that, I believe happiness comes through gratitude and giving, and nothing is quite as fun as gifting someone with your finished work--especially if it really cracks them up. Think about the last time someone gave you something handmade that made your day not only because it was funny--they thought of you and spent their free time creating something especially with you in mind. That kind of kindness means so much more than a store-bought card. It's a true gift (especially if it's a valentine). This is the whole reason I started Subversive Cross Stitch. It's art therapy, it's surprisingly soothing, and the end result puts a smile on other peoples' faces. What's better than that? There are so many articles out there and more coming out every day. Here's a quote for starters:
"Crafting can help those who suffer from anxiety, depression or chronic pain, experts say. It may also ease stress, increase happiness and protect the brain from damage caused by aging."
Read the whole article here. (CNN)
And here's another. (New York Times)
And another. (Martha Stewart)
One more. (Washington Post)
And a TED talk.
Spoil yourself with a little self care and something to stitch. And, remember, the world is still more good than bad.