With everything going on in the world, it’s been difficult to manage stress levels. A lot of us are finding ourselves torn from our usual daily routines while worrying about the health of ourselves and loved ones, while not feeling we have an outlet for our anxiety. Since April is Stress Awareness Month, it’s a great time to check out The Craft Yarn Council’s annual campaign to help all us yarn crafters find balance in this overwhelming time – Stitch Away Stress!
The campaign this year is all about making yarn and creativity part of your daily routine at home while you practice social distancing. We’ve been asking some of our friends how they are handling their stress during this time.
From Stefanie Goodwin-Ritter of Handmade by Stefanie, Instagram: @stefaniegrrr
Normally, I don’t like to have a ton of WIPs and try to limit myself to around 3. But right now, I’m letting myself start as many projects as I want, and it feels great! Each night when I sit down to knit, I pick the one that fits my current frame of mind – sometimes I want something complicated that I have to think about a lot, and it takes my mind off of things. Sometimes I want something mindless that I can work on while my mind wanders. And if it’s not giving me joy at the moment, I’m not forcing myself to work on it just for the sake of getting it done!
From Alnaar Harnish of LeeLee Knits, Instagram: @leelee_knits
Crafting is my favorite way to de-stress and recharge. If I’m ever feeling overwhelmed or having anxious thoughts, I turn to the repetitive motion of my knitting needles or crochet hook and turn on an entertaining podcast to listen to in the background. Within half an hour, my entire being feels much more relaxed and ready to face the challenges that lay ahead.
From Toni Lipsey of TL Yarn Crafts, Instagram: @tlyarncrafts
Large projects like blankets and shawls with rhythmic stitches are great ways to get lost in the therapy of crafts. But don’t forget to take breaks for stretching and to stay hydrated.
From Sati Glenn, Rows and Roses
Crocheting something with a stitch pattern that I don’t have to count every row is so soothing. Also, I LOVE patterns where you just keep going til you run out of yarn, like a scarf or triangle shawl. Those are the best stress-busters for me.
What are some of your best tips for dealing with stress? Let us know in the comments or on social media with the hashtags #StitchAwayStress and #TogetherWeKnit. And take this year’s Stitch Away Stress survey from the Craft Yarn Council.