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.
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.
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