Sewing and mindfulness

It's World Mental Health Day so I thought I'd talk about my love of sewing and how it helps me stay mindful, grounded and confident.
Life stresses as an adult can certainly lead to mental health issues - stress and anxiety are right up there for me!
So what can we do to help ourselves?

Mindfulness is the "awareness of ourselves and the world around us". When you're rushed off your feet all day but you really don't notice how you feel, or what's happening, you need to get a little bit Ferris Bueller about your day:

"Life moves pretty fast, if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it".

Enter mindfulness. Yoga practice can be very mindful; the breathing, the awareness of the posture. Walks in the fresh air can bring you right back to earth again. A colouring book can bring your focus back into your body. Meditation can keep you grounded and steady your breath.

Sewing can also do all of these and that's just why I love getting a good cup of tea, a tasty piece of cake, and entering my world of dressmaking.

When you can focus your mind inwards, and take the time to create your garment, you feel much calmer, better in yourself and more mindful. It's just me, and no one is judging me, or interupting me, or taking my mind away from what I'm doing.

I set my own challenges and only I'm the one who can beat them. The confidence I get from a finished piece can really help boost my confidence in the real world.

The best thing about having a hobby is that it's yours, your time and your creation. Nothing else about the world matters when you're sewing. It's that breath of fresh air you can take into the world - a little bit of mindfulness can go a long way!

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