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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Handfuls

Handfuls

Have you seen this article connecting using your hands to aid depression?


In a book called The Creativity Cure, authors Carrie and Alton Barron make an interesting claim: using our hands can help us avoid or alleviate mild to moderate depression.
She is a psychiatrist, he is a hand surgeon. They point out that more than half of the brain's cortex is mapped to our hands, which suggests that activities that involve our hands engage our brains. 


http://timetowrite.blogs.com/weblog/2014/07/can-using-your-hands-help-you-beat-depression.html

Really now?  I am not a specialist- but the hand/brain thing and depression makes perfect sense.

When I feel sad, I reject working at making my art.  When I feel better, I get so intensely involved in making art, I forget to eat, stay up late and going to the bathroom seems a waste of time.  Yes.  I agree that hand work helps and I endorse this message!

Working my free-form crochet has really helped me.  I don't really care how it turns out- just enjoy getting in the groove of the motion-in and out, counting, creating, adding rows and of course, choosing the color of yarn.




#depression  #yourhands   #artist   #imagination  #freeform   #crochet
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