• Victoria

How to slow time: sewing for well-being

Updated: Apr 11, 2018

By a mum juggling work and life in the Yorkshire hills.

We are off, 2018 is well under way. This year I’m focusing on getting healthy – and I don’t mean doing a bit more exercise and eating less chocolate.

After nearly 20 years living a hectic London life, I need some calm in my world. I need to slow my mind to improve my wellbeing. I am going to focus on more yoga; less time on social media; and start practicing mindfulness.

The last one is the most challenging for me. Finding time to sit quietly seems impossible when running a business and looking after a four year old! Yet I think it's vital if you want to avoid the modern day curses of stress, anxiety and depression.

Thankfully I came across a great article from way back by raystitch, which talks about the benefits of slow stitching, it says:

‘It's comforting, it increases our well-being, it shows that we're skilled.’

This got me thinking...

Crafting as a whole has become recognised as a way of reducing stress and finding an escape – especially from being stuck behind a screen.

A Guardian article quoting Polly Leonard of Selvedge magazine says:

‘The rhythmic, repetitive moments necessary to knit, sew or crochet are proven to have therapeutic benefits and improve mental health and emotional well-being, increasing serotonin production and inducing a natural state of mindfulness.'

I guess that’s why I love to stitch, draw and embroider. They are tasks that encourage me to unwittingly slow down, to focus on the moment. There’s no cheating, no multi-tasking – just concentrating on the job at hand.

So I am going to start my quest for calm by trying my hand at one of these great DIY projects:

Wool Couture owner, Claire Gelder sums up well the benefits of crafting in relation to knitting:

'Time stands still. Worries disappear. And the overwhelming sense of achievement when I finish an item is second to none'

If she’s right – and it turns out sewing is my way to find calm in the chaos, I guess I better get hand stitching some more personalised keepsakes and ethical baby gifts for The Story Tailor shop….

Which crafts help you to slow down or escape? Let me know in the comments.

PS: Mind, the mental health charity, also recognises the benefits of crafting. They are encouraging people to run a ‘Crafternoon’ to raise funds to support their work. Get involved.

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