"Knit on with confidence and hope, through all crisis." - Elizabeth Zimmerman
Stories of Recovery with Knitting and Crochet used as Therapy
Knitting is just a hobby or passive distraction, right? Maybe, if you're stressed out from a long day at the office or overwhelmed with household chores. For those in less mundane circumstances, it can be a bit more. What if you find yourself unexpectedly out of work, or recovering from illness or injury, addiction, or abuse? What if the awesome career, promising future,goals and dreams have been shattered by a car accident? What if the person that you loved the most hurt you the worst? What if your diagnosis included the words, "Never again..."?
(This is really cool) Each week, homebound (for whatever reason) members of our global community are gathering via Google+ #Hangouts and finding a vibrant social community, making connections with others that can relate to their circumstances, and in the middle of a lively, interactive social environment, they are finding hope again.....and they are #knitting . Knitting is not just an empty distraction, but a re-focused attention that involves the challenging artistic insight of creating, slows down the thought process to practice finer motor skills with texture and color, and provides motivating, rewarding results. Through technology, those that were once stuck at home and alone for many hours a day now have the opportunity to become a part of something bigger than themselves and their circumstances. Now that's knitting the world together in a really cool way.
1) Blogger Heather Buckler tells her story of how knitting filled her days during recovery from benzodiazepine addiction, providing a creative and productive outlet instead of a downward spiral. Read more: http://beyondmeds.com/2013/07/21/crafty-recovery/
2) Author Kathryn Vercillo tells her story of how she battled depression, anxiety, fear and treatments as a college freshmen recently diagnosed with a brain tumor in her book Crochet saved my Life. She speaks of choosing hope as she dropped a knife from her wrist to pick up yarn instead. Find More here: http://www.crochetsavedmylife.com/
3) Soldiers recovering from severe injury and suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are finding healing through hobbies, as described in a recent article in the Navy Times. #Knitting is one of them. Read more here: http://goo.gl/HNPSZ4
If you have a story to share on how you have seen the benefits of hobbies and crafts during recovery, I would love to hear it. Your story may be the encouragement that someone reading this needs today. Please add it in the comments below.
Could you, a family member or friend benefit from knitting as a therapeutic past-time? Please consider introducing them to the engaging, fun, and friendly group of knitters and crocheters in The Knitting Lodge community on #Google + to help them get connected. Find it here: http://goo.gl/ADH9HX
This photo depicts my favorite hobbies, #knitting and #hiking , that both seem to have a humbling way of keeping me in check. Have a good weekend, Everyone! - Christina
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