Sewing for Mental Wellbeing
Sewing celebrates individual expression which is self-satisfying and rewarding. It also allows for you to be completely present in the moment and become a time to practice mindfulness, embrace solitude and self-reflection.
Sewing feeds the soul. It is good for you!
The meditative action of sewing encourages relaxation and reduces stress and anxiety. Engaging in an activity like sewing helps you focus and pay attention to your thoughts. It gives your mind a break and helps switch off negative thoughts.
It also plays a role in body positivity, as people are empowered to make clothes for their own body rather than fitting into garments with a limited size range.
There is a sense of achievement at the end of making something with your own hands and seeing the final result. Whether it is a gift or for yourself, the completion of a task releases good feelings, gives you a boost and increases self-esteem.
Another plus for sewing is being part of a wider community of sewers and makers. There are local community centres with weekly sewing events and a variety of online forums and sewing communities to tap into. Loneliness has huge implications on our health – join a sewing group - and in these crazy times where we can't go out, even an online sewing group can bring joy.
Author - Jacqui Taylor