This topic usually appears in most English language courses. Perhaps, the aim is to learn vocabulary and all the expressions related with it. However, sometimes, when students are adults, as it happens to us, pros and cons of different therapies are analyzed, even we enjoy sharing our own experiences and solutions.
One way to slow down the rhythm of life, to focus and relax, is to start doing handcrafts (I am not sure it could be considered a therapy). I mean puzzles, drawing, knitting… Recently I came across an article where all the advantages of these activities were showed. In this sense, it was argued that mental concentration obtained doing them distracts our attention from concerns and anxieties, bringing peace and relax thanks to the intervention of the hypothalamus. It is better that our classmate, expert in neuroscience, says if it is or not true.
In this regard, I remember all the manual works at school. I am not sure if it was intended to stimulate our creativity, or, on the contrary, it was only the way to teach us how to be a perfect housewife. ?I don?t care, actually I keep some needlework tapestries from that time and I must admit that I have enjoyed doing this not long ago. Even I did a big puzzle obtaining the desired effect.
Knitting is now a trend and crochet as well. ??Do you remember when the Statue of El Cid was dressed with a coloured crouched cloth? It was in 2013 and an artist from New York was the responsible.
Then, is it a therapy only for women? Do men chose another kind of activities as washing the car or running? Have you ever try to do a puzzle with more than 1000 pieces? Or perhaps fortunately you don?t have to cope with stress and don?t need to resort to this kind of activities. Let we know your experiences and opinion.
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I love it!1 I thought I might be the only one keeping school times needlework tapestries!!
I love to embroider, yet long ago it is already last time I did.
However, I keep doing crochet!! But the aim of it is not exactly to cope with stress but to enjoy making something nice. I do not do it as frequent as I would like but every now and again I go on with the task. After finishing a blanket I am making now tablecloth, made by linen and crochet with fine thread (a bit similar to http://dtupmanualidades.blogspot.com.es/2013/03/mantel-de-ganchillo.html).
I also started with patchwork, but I did not enjoy it that much. Instead, related with (awesome) patchwork fabrics, I made winter 2014 Christmas decoration (similar to this http://tressomnis.blogspot.com.es/2010/11/bolitas-para-el-arbol-de-navidad.html) . I really had a good time making them! Even my children manage to make some.
Then, coming back to this post title, running and reading are the two alternatives I use when tackling with the stress. Running, though, may be changed for swimming in summer. By the way, my last summer record were 2000m!!
wonderful!!! so, perhaps we can devote another post only to needlework, because I have some more tapestries. I think we belong to the same generation so we share a lot of things.
Glory I like your post very much. I would really love the idea was useful to me for coping with stress but I am afraid it doesn’t help me. I used to do knitwear, such as scarves, socks and cardigans when my kids were younger but I just wanted to finish as soon as possible. To tell you the truth, doing handcrafts make me feel stressed.
Ja, Ja…In fact, MJ, that might be for someone a collateral effect 😉
Gloria!!Such a good post you wrote!!Congrats! In my following post I will write specifically about your question?I mean, crafts as knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, or doing puzzles and its relation to neural networks and neural advantages!!!As you could wonder handcraft not only implies focus one?s attention on an issue but also implies relaxation.
Clearly, knitting is being embraced by people from all walks of life who benefit from its peaceful, relaxing repetition. When one is knitting, it could help with one?s relaxation, since this craft implies rhythmic hand movements and moving of your eyes back and forth?These characteristics are some of the reasons to consider knitting as a powerful relaxation tool.
Regarding your question?knitting, as you well point out implies the activation of a neural structure related to stress, that is: the hypothalamus. More precisely, when somebody is coping with stress, a part of its brain called the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) system is activated.
At the same time, neurotransmitters signal from the hypothalamus are released to the hippocampus, which is another important brain area related to emotional states (it is related to the storage of the emotionally loaded experience in long-term memory).
Well, here you have a little piece of information regarding your interesting topic!!i hope this reply could help you!!
Finally, regarding your question about what we do for coping with stress (if so), I should tell you that I try to practice yoga or mindfulness in order to reduce my anxiety some days!!!But, currently I’m seriously thinking about begin with restoration of old furnitures!! 😀 By the way, do you know somebody who could teach me about restoration?;P
Whatever craft is nice to help us with relaxation!!!